MISC Talk: Alex Leavitt

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

The Michigan Interactive and Social Computing research group connects researchers studying human-computer interaction, social computing, and computer-supported cooperative work across the University of Michigan.

Speaker Bio: Alex Leavitt is a mixed-methods computational social scientist on the UX Research team at Facebook. Before Facebook, he completed his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he wrote his dissertation on collaborative information aggregation and gatekeeping in response to breaking news events (on reddit.com). His research generally focuses on collaborative interactions and peer production on and across new media technologies, such as social media platforms and online multiplayer games. Leavitt is also interested in emerging computational methodologies, particularly combining traditional ethnography with machine learning, social network analysis, and natural language processing. In addition to Facebook, he previously worked in research roles with Sony PlayStation, Disney Interactive, Microsoft Research, and MIT.