• September 2012 Svetlin (Alex) Bostandjiev successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation "Bridging Social and Semantic Computing -- Design and Evaluation of User Interfaces for Hybrid Systems". Congratulations, Alex!
  • September 2012 Full paper on "An Analysis of Tropical Proximity in the Twitter Social Graph" accepted to SocInfo 2012 in Lauzanne, Switzerland. (by Markus Schall, John O'Donovan, and Barry Smyth).
  • September 2012 Full paper on "TopicLens: An Interactive Recommender System based on Tropical and Social Connections" accepted to InterfaceRS workshop at ACM RecSys 2012. (by Laura Devendorf, John O'Donovan, and Tobias Hollerer).
  • September 2012 Full paper on "TasteWeights: A visual Interactive Hybrid Recommender System" accepted to ACM Recommender Systems 2012. (by Svetlin Bostandjiev, John O'Donovan, and Tobias Hollerer).
  • June 2012 Full paper on "Inspectability and Control in Social Recommenders" accepted to ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys) 2012 in Dublin, Ireland, Sept 2012. (by Bart Knijenburg, Svetlin (Alex) Bostandjiev, John O'Donovan, and Alfred Kobsa).
  • June 2012 Full paper on "Credibility in Context: An Analysis of Feature Distribution in Twitter" accepted to IEEE SocialCom 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (by John O'Donovan, byungkyu Kang, Greg Meyer, Tobias Hollerer, and Sibel Adali).
  • February 2012 Full paper on "Modeling Topic-Specific Credibility in Twitter" accepted to ACM conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2012) in Lisbon, Portugal, Feb 2012. (by Byungkyu Kang, John O'Donovan, and Tobias Hollerer).
  • January 2013 Baby Sean is 7 months old and crawling around! Here are millions of photos :) Flickr Pics
  • November 2012 I survived Santa Barbara International Marathon, crossing the line in 4:03. Congrats also to Daniel Vaquero and Sveinn Thorainsson for their epic runs! Official Results Pictures Here!
  • September 2012 I served as a committee member for Svetlin (Alex) Bostandjiev's Ph.D. dissertation "Bridging Social and Semantic Computing -- Design and Evaluation of User Interfaces for Hybrid Systems". Congratulations, Alex!
  • September 2012 My 7th 2012 paper! "An Analysis of Topical Proximity in the Twitter Social Graph" accepted to SocInfo 2012 in Lauzanne, Switzerland. (by Markus Schall, John O'Donovan, and Barry Smyth).
  • September 2012 Just back from a successful trip to Amsterdam and Dublin for IEEE SocialCom '12 and ACM RecSys '12. Heard some great talks and had great discussions. Thanks everyone!
  • February 2012 Full paper on "TopicNets: Visual Analysis of Large Text Corpora with Topic Modeling" accepted to ACM Conference on Intelligent Systems and Technology. (by Brynjar Gretarsson, John O'Donovan, Svetlin Bostandjiev, Tobias Hollerer, Arthur Asuncion, David Newman, and Padhraic Smyth).