Research projects

UMSI faculty engage in a wide variety of research at the cutting edge of information study, including electronic health records, social media, assistive technologies, sustainability, and data sharing.

Click on the links below to read more about some of our current research projects.

A “big data” approach to understanding neighborhood effects in chronic illness disparities
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Veinot

A day without a search engine: An experimental study of online and offline searches
Principal Investigator: Yan Chen

ACM recommender systems conference doctoral symposium
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Adoption and use of information technology to improve hospital performance
Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein

Advancing synergies for cyberlearning funding
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Annual report on the adoption and use of health information technology in the U.S.
Co-Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein

Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI)
Co-Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Yakel

Archival metrics and user evaluation for government archives
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Yakel

Assessing information credibility without authoritative sources
Principal Investigator: Qiaozhu Mei

Assessing readiness, achievement and impact of HITECH Act Stage 3 care coordination criteria
Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein

Automatically generating contextually-relevant visualizations
Principal Investigator: Eytan Adar

BALANCE: Enhancing diversity in news and opinion aggregators
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Balloon-platform rural Internet provider
Co-Principal Investigator: Yan Chen

Blackboard Collaboration
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Building broadband infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Steven Jackson

Building games students want to play
Principal Investigator: Karen Markey

Building translation networks at Michigan
Co-Principal Investigator: Dragomir Radev

CAREER: Eyes of the foreseer—integrative and in situ information retrieval and mining in online communities
Principal Investigator: Qiaozhu Mei

CAREER: Improving the development process for context-aware systems with integrated capture and playback
Principal Investigator: Mark Newman

CAREER: Social dynamics of information in virtual spaces
Principal Investigator: Lada Adamic

Characterizing and modeling energy use in social computing
Principal Investigator: Thomas Finholt

Citizen interaction design
Principal Investigator: Cliff Lampe

Commoditized governance in community Earth science modeling
Principal Investigator: Paul Edwards

Community and capacity for educational discourse research
Principal Investigator: Christopher Brooks

Community, memory, and ethical access to music from The Ark and the African field
Principal Investigator: Paul Conway

Creativity in the wild: Leveraging the success of creative content systems
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Credibility assessment in the participatory web environment
Principal Investigator: Soo Young Rieh

Cyberinfrastructure Days
Principal Investigator: Daniel Atkins III

Data management and visualization workshops
Principal Investigator: Maragaret Hedstrom

Denoising and demystifying social network services
Co-Principal Investigator: Cliff Lampe

Design, Perception, and Action – Engineering Information Give-Away
Principal Investigator: Erin Krupka

Detecting early signatures of persuasion in information cascades
Co-Principal Investigator: Qiaozhu Mei

Developing a socially-oriented search query recommendation service for electronic health record information
Principal Investigator: Qiaozhu Mei

Development of the Science Gateway Institute (SGW-I)
Co-Principal Investigator: Katherine Lawrence

Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR)
Principal Investigator: Ixchel Faniel

Doctoral consortium and PI meeting on social-computational systems
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Doctoral consortium for 2015 Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

DSCoVAR: An intelligent tutoring system
Principal Investigator: Kevyn Collins-Thompson

Editing images with natural language
Principal Investigator: Eytan Adar

Effect of health information technology on healthcare provider communication
Co-Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein 

Engaging communities to foster internships for preservation and digital curation
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Yakel

Enhancing the cardiovascular safety of hemodialysis care
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Veinot

Enhancing the community health information infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Veinot

Evaluating the effectiveness of social media for improving college access
Principal Investigator: Nicole Ellison

Examining the effect of digital learning on higher education
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Expanding research infrastructure to study Internet and social media use among middle-age and older adults
Co-Principal Investigator: Nicole Ellison

Expertise sharing
Principal Investigator: Mark Ackerman

Exploring downward mobility among middle-income African Americans
Principal Investigator: Tawanna Dillahunt

Families, illness and information: A longitudinal, ethnographic study
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Veinot

From Hobby to Socioeconomic Driver: Innovation Pathways to Professional Making in Asia and the American Midwest
Principal Investigator: Silvia Lindtner

Great Lakes digital collections aggregator
Principal Investigator: Paul Conway

Growing makerspace learning in Michigan libraries
Principal Investigator: Kristin Fontichiaro

Health information exchange measurement for situational awareness
Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein

Health translations
Principal Investigator: Mark Ackerman

Healthy social media habits among parents and children
Principal Investigator: Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck

Heart Steps: Adaptive mobile health intervention for physical activity maintenance
Principal Investigator: Predrag Klasnja

HIV/STD Outreach, Prevention & Education (HOPE)
Co-Principal Investigator: Tiffany Veinot

How do-it-yourself makers are reinventing production, labor, and innovation
Principal Investigator: Silvia Lindtner

Identifying barriers and opportunities for building socio-technical capital
Principal Investigator: Tawanna Dillahunt

Identifying barriers to and enablers of successful projects
Co-Principal Investigator: Katherine Lawrence

Identifying research challenges for a national-scale learning health system
Principal Investigator: Charles Friedman

IGERT: Incentive-centered design for information and communication systems
Principal Investigator: Yan Chen

Impact of public goal and outcome announcement on goal completion
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Improving data quality in citizen science projects
Principal Investigator: Carl Lagoze

Information Network Academic Research Center (INARC)
Co-Principal Investigator: Lada Adamic

Integrated research support, training and data documentation
Co-Principal Investigator: Carl Lagoze

Investigating impact of technology on faculty-student interactions
Principal Investigator: Kentaro Toyama

Joining virtual organizations: A study of newcomers to established collaborations
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Knowledge infrastructure workshop
Principal Investigator: Paul Edwards

Leo Sarkisian Collection at Michigan: Preserving, Accessing, and Preparing for Digitization
Principal Investigator: Paul Conway

Linking social media and surveys: Processes and tools
Co-Principal Investigator: Cliff Lampe

Linking surveys to the world
Co-Principal Investigator: Eytan Adar

Managing cyberinfrastructure centers in a demanding era
Co-Principal Investigator: John Leslie King

Manipulation-resistant recommender systems
Principal Investigator: Rahul Sami

Managing the Assured Information Sharing Lifecycle (AISL)
Co-Principal Investigator: Lada Adamic

Motivating healthy behaviors with social and pervasive computing
Principal Investigator: Mark Newman

Moving forward by looking backward
Principal Investigator: Eytan Adar

MTogether: A living lab for social media research
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

National Science Foundation role in the development of the Internet
Principal Investigator: Douglas Van Houweling

New directions in the study of infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Christian Sandvig

Normative social influences on behavior
Principal Investigator: Erin Krupka

Open data IGERT: Graduate training for data sharing and reuse in e-science
Principal Investigator: Margaret Hedstrom

Predicting the Academic Success of Students (PASS)
Principal Investigator: Chris Brooks

Preservation and Access Virtual Education Laboratory (PAVEL) for digital humanities
Principal Investigator: David Wallace

Promise-keeping, norms and behavior
Principal Investigator: Erin Krupka

Provider, Patient, and Health System Effects of Provider Commitments to Choose Wisely
Co-Investigators: Julia Adler-Milstein and Erin Krupka 

Question & answer communities
Principal Investigator: Mark Ackerman

Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS)
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Yakel

RumorLens
Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Science friction: Data, metadata and collaboration
Principal Investigator: Paul Edwards

Science of data science
Principal Investigator: Carl Lagoze

Scientific collaboration in time
Principal Investigator: Carl Lagoze

Social identity in online microfinancing
Principal Investigator: Yan Chen

Social media, online measures, and substance use development in adolescent twins
Co-Principal Investigator: Paul Resnick

Social networking sites in the facilitation of collaborative processes
Co-Principal Investigator: Cliff Lampe

Social networks and student engagement 
Co-Principal Investigator: Stephanie Teasley

Socio-technical dimensions of distributed work
Co-Principal Investigator: Paul Edwards

Supporting end-user control of complex computing environments
Principal Investigator: Mark Newman

Supporting large scale change in science education
Co-Principal Investigator: Barry Fishman

Supporting librarians in adding data literacy skills to information literacy instruction
Principal Investigator: Kristin Fontichiaro

Supporting self-management in bipolar disorder with mobile technology
Principal Investigator: Predrag Klasnja

Sustainable Environment through Actionable Data (SEAD)
Principal Investigator: Margaret Hedstrom

Teaching healthcare providers to facilitate self-management of spinal cord injury
Co-Principal Investigator: Joyojeet Pal

Technology audit and insertion service for TeraGrid
Co-Principal Investigator: Thomas Finholt

Theories and experiments on school choice and college admissions
Principal Investigator: Yan Chen

The Holy Braille: Development and evaluation of a full-page refreshable braille display
Principal Investigator: Sile O'Modhrain

U-M as the engine of a global learning system to transform health
Principal Investigator: Charles Friedman

Understanding conditions for the emergence of virtual organizations in long-tail sciences
Principal Investigator: Carl Lagoze

Understanding energy use and power relationships in low-income communities
Principal Investigator: Tawanna Dillahunt

Understanding health IT-enabled performance improvement for older adults
Principal Investigator: Julia Adler-Milstein

Understanding MOOCs as a pathway to employment for low-income populations
Principal Investigator: Tawanna Dillahunt

Unintended consequences of technology in development
Principal Investigator: Joyojeet Pal

Using cyberinfrastructure to develop next generation civil infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Thomas Finholt

Using low-cost sensing to support self-management in spinal injuries
Principal Investigator: Mark Newman

Utilizing social media to strengthen college aspirations
Principal Investigator: Nicole Ellison

Validating quality in large-scale digitization
Principal Investigator: Paul Conway

VIII Glion Colloquium: Global sustainability and the role of universities
Principal Investigator: James Duderstadt

Virtual prototyping of human-robot collaboration
Co-Principal Investigator: Lionel Robert

Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering Network (VSCSEN)
Principal Investigator: Erik Hofer

Virtual Space Interaction Testbed (VISIT)
Principal Investigator: Thomas Finholt

Website design tool that predicts visual appeal and user engagement
Principal Investigator: Katharina Reinecke

Wikisym doctoral research consortium
Principal Investigator: Cliff Lampe

Wordsmith in the cloud: refining language models using web-scale language networks
Principal Investigator: Qiaozhu Mei