Dr. Kevin Crowston, original PI
Kevin Crowston is a Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (aka the iSchool). His current research interests focus on new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. This work approaches the issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together.
Dr. Jun Wang, current PI, "Socially intelligent computing to support citizen science"
Jun Wang is interested in language and learning in broad context, and has conducted research in the areas of human computation, machine learning, computational language evolution, and computational neuroscience. He is the creator of a widely used web portal for language evolution and computation. He is also a co-author of Citation-kNN, a machine learning algorithm that has been implemented by a number of open-source software packages, including the WEKA. Currently he is working on designing language and science education games.
Dr. Carsten Østerlund, current PI, "Focusing attention to improve the performance of citizen science systems"
Carsten Østerlund is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University since 2003. His research explores the organizational implications of information systems. More specifically, he studies the organization, creation, and use of documents in distributed work environments where people’s daily practices are characterized by high mobility. His interests include distributed & virtual work, organizational learning and knowledge, communication practices, and medical informatics. Empirically he studies these issues through in-depth qualitative and quantitative studies of everyday work practices in organizations.
Nathan Prestopnik, Research Assistant
Nathan Prestopnik is a PhD student at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. His research focuses on human-computer interaction and information visualization, with a specific interest in the processes and techniques that underly the visualization of qualitative information.
Former project staff
Andrea Wiggins recently received her PhD from the iSchool at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on sociotechnical systems for large-scale participation. Her dissertation research examines virtual organizing and public participation in scientific knowledge production, particularly the role of technology in citizen science.