Social networks have not only created new ways of interaction between people, but they have also become a source of information for research on human behavior and for the development of tools for collective action. This is the field of research that motivates Saiph Savage, who earned her PhD at UC Santa Barbara in the Four Eyes Lab. Prof. Savage has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a 2018 Innovator under 35 Latin America.
Prof. Savage is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at West Virginia University (WVU) where she directs the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI @ WVU Lab). She is also a visiting professor at the the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Scholar, and adjunct professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research in Social Computing and Crowdsourcing focuses on the design of systems that spark better coordination of volunteers and empower communities to reach more complex goals. She has authored and co-authored publications at premier venues in Human Computer Interaction, including ACM CHI, ACM CSCW. Saiph has been recognized with the Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and is also currently a member of Microsoft's BizSpark, and director of the Anita Borg Community powered by Google. Her work has been covered in venues including the BBC, MIT Tech Review, and Vice News. She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from UNAM as well as a masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also worked for several years in industry such as Microsoft Bing and Intel Labs where she published several patents.