Computing and Society


Kenneth Joseph  
Assistant Professor 
Computer Science 
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Primary research focus: My research focuses on obtaining a better understanding of the dynamics and cognitive representations of stereotypes and prejudice, and their interrelationships with sociocultural structure. In my work, I leverage a variety of machine learning/NLP methods, agent-based modeling strategies and socio-cognitive theories.

Area(s) of interest: Online Misinformation, Modeling Social Stereotypes, Textual Analysis, Natural Language Processing, Social Media

Computing and Society; Simulation and ModelingText Encoding and Analysis

Heidi Julien 
(716) 645-1474 
Professor and Department Chair 
Library and Information Studies 
Graduate School of Education

Interest area(s): Digital Literacy

Computing and Society

Michael Kicey 
(716) 645-7744 
Humanities Librarian/Senior Assistant Librarian 
University Libraries

Interest area(s): Digital Editions, Electronic Reading

Primary research focus: How technology can alter or enhance the individual, real-time experience of reading. The problem of quantity in human interaction with information, including the overproduction of information and the underproduction of significance. The destructive and unsustainable characteristics of a society driven by analytics: hostile to first-person experience, first-person interaction, first-person understanding.

Affiliated project(s): Producing robust, attractive, and intellectually substantial research guides, both for my core disciplines but also on special topics:

Potential area(s) of collaboration: I want to learn what the requirements will be, in terms of skills, labor, and infrastructure, to create a full-scale, robustly-featured, mobile-friendly digital edition of Marcel Proust's 'A la Recherche du temps perdu.' I want to gain the skills I need to plan and execute the project, what skills I will need in others, what kinds of funding I need to seek out, how to seek it.

Computing and Society; Text Encoding and Analysis

Andrew Lison
(716) 645-0946
Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Primary research focus: Theory and History of Computing

Current DS project(s): New Media at the End of History (Computing in the late 1980s) / 100% Utilization (Sociocultural significance of the end of Moore's Law)

Potential areas of collaboration: Grant writing, building websites with static generators, collaborative pedagogy, programming, cryptography

Artificial Intelligence; Computing & Society; Digital Collections & Exhibits; Digital Media; Digital Pedagogy; Text Encoding & Analysis

Cody Mejeur
Visiting Assistant Professor of Game Studies
Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Current DS project(s): Visualizing queer games, trans video game, cognitive experiment with games

Primary research focus: Using new media and digital media to understand narrative and difference.

Potential areas of collaboration: Equity, diversity & inclusion, social/cognitive behavior, visualization work, grant writing

3-D Modelling & AR/VR; Computing & Society; Data Mining, Analysis, & Visualization; Digital Collections & Exhibits; Digital Media; Digital Pedagogy

Kristen Moore
Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Interest area(s): Communication

Computing & Society; Data Mining, Analysis, & Visualization; Digital Pedagogy
(716) 645-0678
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Interest area: Digital Media Studies

Primary research focus: The rhetorical operation of machine learning algorithms

Potential areas of collaboration: experience architecture, Adobe creative cloud, augmented reality

3-D Modelling & AR/VR; Artificial Intelligence; Computing & Society; Data Mining, Analysis, & Visualization; Digital Media; Digital Pedagogy

Atri Rudra  
(716) 645-2464 
Associate Professor 
Computer Science 
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

I prove mathematical theorems on powers of algorithms in areas of error-correcting code, databases and recently machine learning; I am interested in societal implications of computing (as it pertains to research as well as teaching). I am interested in collaborating with anything related to how humans interact with algorithm, so from the list above all of ethics, equity ad social/congnitive behavior

Artificial Intelligence; Computing and Society

Melanie Sage  
Assistant Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work

Area(s) of interest: Technology and Social Work

Primary research focus: Equitable, ethical, healthy use of technology for people at risk- right now focused on how youth in foster care are impacted by social media and how it can be used in ways that support positive relationships. Exploring risks and affordances of technology for this population, with goal of developing constructs, assessment tools, and interventions.

Current project(s): Some SoTL (podcasts, infographics), theory devt (digital resilience) and online data collection/interventions to assess healthy online relationships and digital resilience- population focused on marginalized adolescents (foster care, lgbtq). I am director of new institute: Institute for Healthy Engagement and Resilience with Technology (iHeartTech)- working on web presence this summer- focus on healthy implementation of tech for positive human impact.

Potential area(s) of collaboration: Interdisciplinary collab with STEM (and potentially also arts, communication for dissemination of work). I can  inform ethical considerations of tech use. I offer skills related to social media knowledge and dissemination, digital collaboration tools. I've recently authored a book on scholarship of teaching with tech. I would like help applying GIS/mapping tools in my research, computational science tools, and advanced data visualization tools. Happy for partnerships.  Interested in future of higher ed issues- how do we prepare students for tech-mediated world? Getting ready to work on a Coursera course - could use feedback from anyone who's been there. I have data & research & mentorship skills if you have students who would be interested in working on a project (no funding for students right now, however).

Computing and Society

Diane Schwartz  
(716) 645-0411 
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Interest area(s): GIS, Archaeological Theory, Simulation and Models, Information Ethics

Primary research focus: New theories and test of migration incorporating variables such as perception; demography of artists; applications of GIS to prehistory

Affiliated project(s): Research projects; teaching spatial statistics; running the applied social system GIS laboratory in the anthropology department

Potential area(s) of collaboration: ethics- I teach a class in ethics, human rights; would like information; interested in modeling languages particularly those which can be used for cognitive modeling and /or ecological modeling

Computing and Society; Simulation and ModelingSpatial Analysis