faculty Mor Naaman Chirag Shah
postdoctoral researchers Raz Schwartz
doctoral students Charles File Nir Grinberg Funda Kivran-Swaine Jessica Lingel Ziad Matni Rannie Teodoro Chaolun Xia Ke Eddie Xie
masters students
undergraduates Jerry Reptak Jeremy Ting
alumni Nicholas Diakopoulos Munmun De Choudhury Sam Brody Hrishi Bakshi Zihao Yu Ian Jennings Abe Stanway Amy Zhang Gerard O'Neill
Mor Naaman

Mor is an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, with courtesy appointment in the department of Computer Science. At Rutgers since 2008, in previous careers Mor was a Yahoo! research scientist, a professional basketball player, a software engineer, and for what now seems to be a short while, a computer science graduate student at Stanford.

Chirag Shah

Chirag is an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He comes with a masters (computer science) from UMass Amherst and a PhD (information science) from UNC Chapel Hill. He is an avid traveler with lots of "there and back again" backpacking and road-trips in his past. When not traveling, or chasing information behind people and people behind information, he teaches competitive ballroom dancing.

Raz Schwartz

Raz Schwartz is a postdoctoral researcher, studying social media usage in urban settings and focuses on examining local social interactions through applying social computing methods to large datasets. He completed his Ph.D. in the STS program at Bar-Ilan University and was a visiting scholar in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research on location-based social networks was presented in various academic settings and was featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Rhizome, and The Atlantic.

Charles File

Charlie is a PhD student in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. He holds an MA from NYU and a BA from Cornell. Prior to returning to academia he worked primarily in the advertising industry, and is proud of the fact that it took almost six years for it to completely burn him out. He is an excellent skiier, a mediocre singer, and an enthusiastic (if somewhat slow) long-distance runner. He is the undisputed karaoke champion of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Nir Grinberg

Nir is a PhD student at the Computer Science department at Rutgers University. He got his B.Sc from Tel-Aviv University where he studied (a lot of) Physics and (a little of) Computer Science. His research interests are in the intersection of Social media, Machine learning, Language and Statistics. He is still trying to push the limit, without forgetting the bigger picture, or his wife. When he's not chasing the next fix of caffeine, you might engage him in running, playing basketball, hiking, diving, wall-climbing, art galleries hopping, photography, tackling riddles and much more.

Funda Kivran-Swaine

Funda is a PhD student and a graduate research assistant at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information. She currently researches the dynamics behind expression and social sharing of emotions in social media, through the analyses of language use and social networks. Before Rutgers, she worked as a visual designer, her creations ranging from user interfaces for medical equipment in your Dr.'s office, to political paraphernalia for presidential hopefuls. Funda likes working with big data, learning foreign languages, traveling (via spontaneous road trips), overcast weather, and Stephin Merritt. She hopes to discover the happiest place on earth through her doctoral research studies, and move there upon her graduation.

Jessa Lingel

Jessa is a PhD student in library and information science at Rutgers University. She likes researching information practices of marginalized communities and subcultures, social media and community, and technological nostalgia. She likes teaching classes like Reading Interests of Adults and Gender and Technology. She also likes being a librarian crusader, crafting, using the FDLP to sneak into otherwise inaccessible libraries, Ethiopian food and the San Jose Sharks. A California transplant to the East Coast, Jessa currently lives and works in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Ziad Matni

Ziad is a PhD student in library and information science at the school of communication and information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. He is looking forward to getting knee-deep into IR techniques for event identification and other cool stuff with the SM team while he re-explores his scholarly side at SC&I. He has a masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and, in past lives, was a design engineer, a marketeer and an educator. He has somehow transformed himself from "L.A. dude" to "New Jersey 'burbs Dad" a little too easily.

Rannie Teodoro

Rannie Teodoro is a PhD student studying Communication at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information. Her research interests and experiences span a wide range of topics, including social media and mobile technology, large-scale social marketing initiatives, and qualitative inquiry within health contexts. Rannie is a second degree black belt in World Hwa Rang Do Martial Arts, has a weird obsession with all things Hello Kitty, and enjoys a mean game of Texas Hold 'Em poker. Things that make her smiley? Volunteering, a cappella music, and her fluffy puppy, Pikachu.

Chaolun Xia

Chaolun Xia is a PhD student in Computer Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He received the master degree in Computer Science at Zhejiang University in 2011, and bachelor degree in Software Engineering at Zhejiang University of Technology in 2008. His research interests include data mining and machine learning in social media data.

Ke Eddie Xie

Eddie is a Ph.D. student from Computer Science department at Rutgers University. He received his B.Sc from Beihang University, Beijing. Currently his research interests include Machine Learning & Data Mining in social media, e.g. Real time local event detection. Eddie seldomly gets board by the giant systems he's building, but when he does, he would turn to solve some algorithm problems on Topcoder for a little while. The best way to bribe him to write some python code for you is, well, a num pang sandwich or a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Jerry Reptak

Jerry is a Rutgers University undergraduate studying computer science. He's a magician of computers, hacking, javascript and getting stuff done.

Jeremy Ting

Jeremy is a Rutgers undergraduate studying Math and Computer Science. He loves the fact that data can tell stories and eventually, he hopes to go into data-oriented work for television, movie, or sports analytics. Jeremy's interests include movies with an 80+ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, web development, meals that fill you up and cost less than 8 dollars, and basketball.