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.

From Research to Product: Designing Tools for Information Integrity. 


As platforms try to address critical information problems, it is vitally important to understand the everyday issues that people have. Alex Leavitt, at Facebook Research, will explain how user research plays a pivotal role in social media product development, helping designers and engineers ground platform design in people’s problems and experiences around the world. The talk will cover how user research intersects with and influences strategy in the product development cycle, exploring one case study of a recent project – Article Context – that addresses peoples’ concerns around information credibility directly within the Facebook app.

Speaker Bio: Alex Leavitt is a computational social scientist at Facebook Research. At Facebook, Alex conducts research for the News Feed product team, where he studies the impact of social ties and algorithms on people’s exposure to and engagement with news, politics, and misinformation. He uses a range of mixed methods from survey experiments, machine learning, and social network analysis to traditional ethnographic interviews and observation. Alex received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he studied collaborative news aggregation practices in large online communities. His research is published at venues such as the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Social Media + Society. Previously, Alex was a researcher at Sony PlayStation, Disney Interactive, Microsoft Research New England, and MIT. 

RSVP for Alex Leavitt’s talk (light lunch will be provided)