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Collaboratory for Socio-Technical Scientists

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Research Statement

The Collaboratory is a federation of faculty whose research is concerned with the ways in which  social, cultural, political, economic, and organizational structures impact and are impacted by information technologies.  Our research addresses some of the most pressing issues for our times, enhancing IT’s potential benefits for all, both in the U.S. and abroad, and  minimizing its negative effects.

People

  • Dr. Andrea Tapia, Collaboratory Faculty Organizer
  • Mr. Nick LaLone Grad-Student Organizer 

Core Faculty

Affiliate Faculty

Research Manifesto

  • People are at the center of our research.
  • Technologies are created, designed, adopted, distributed, consumed and
 used by human beings.
  • Human beings are affected and effected, shaped and constructed by
 technologies.
  • Technologies are never neutral tools.
  • We focus on real-world problems and our research is often applied.
  • We feel comfortable taking a critical stance in our research, often
 seeing the world as stratified and conflicted. More specifically we analyze both positive and negative effects of technology.
  • We often gather data directly from human beings in naturalistic settings.
  • We value the use of many methods to gather data from human beings.
  • We begin and end all of our work with theory, or theoretical concepts.
  • We study all levels of analysis from individuals all the way up to  global society.

Current Core Students

Current Research Projects

Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response in Costa Rica through Law, Coordination and Technologies, in which she investigated the effects of a national-level legal mandate to coordinate and to share information upon the social and informational networks among the emergency response sector. Andrea Tapia. December 2011 to present.

Deceptnet: On the Development of a Sociological Framework and Mathematical Foundation for Identifying and Modeling the Propagation of Deception and Misinformation in Weak Social Networks. October 2011-October 2014, Funded by the US Army RDECOM Office. This project combines the efforts of an experienced sociologist (Dr. Andrea Tapia) and a creative mathematician (Dr. Christopher Griffin) to develop a framework for understanding deception and misinformation in weak social networks and development of mathematical models to assist in quantifying the effects of such deception/misinformation in situation awareness.

Teaching discrete math to non-technical students in a way that better prepares them for programming. Discrete math has been a stumbling block for many students in the IST program. The content is abstract, the students are not well-prepared for how to study math, and in the IST program students share horror stories about the course. How do we motivate students to do the work required for learning discrete math? How do we dispel fear and build a sense of competence? How do we improve learning outcomes?