Scott A. Golder
MIT Media Laboratory
Sociable Media Group
From Fall 2003 to Spring 2005, I was
graduate student / research assistant in the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked with Professor Judith Donath.
I am currently a researcher at HP Labs in the Information Dynamics lab. I have a new webpage there. I also have a personal homepage at redlog.net.
While I was at the Media Lab, I had the good fortune to undertake a variety of interesting projects:
My thesis project, Webbed Footnotes, is on collaborative annotation for the web. I designed a system for annotating web documents and allowing others to provide feedback, promoting interesting or useful contribution. A free, public version will be available late Summer 2005.
In my poker research I explored how socially important information is transmitted through online interfaces. Poker is especially interesting, because instead of being a collaborative environment (which gets a great deal of attention), it is a competitive one. There are two webpages associated with my poker work: the general online poker research page, and the PokerFaces page, which is for the poker platform I built. A free, public version will be running mid-Summer 2005.
I spent a great deal of time exploring types of participation in electronic communities, especially Usenet and email-based discussion lists, and I am developing a social role-based method of analysis for online communities. My paper from AoIR on social roles sums up this work so far.
In Themail (with Fernanda Viegas), we studied the patterns in the conversations that take place in email over time.
Talking in Spaces - infusing notions of space and distance into mobile telephone conversations.
The Keep-In-Touch Phone - a persuasive mobile phone. My first venture into persuasive computing and into mobile phones.
NGDB: The NewsGroup DataBase - a fast, flexible usenet database supporting sociological analysis.
Other areas of general interest include: social networks/capital (online and off), technology of the home and car, speech and natural language processing, online privacy, blogging, instant messaging, and wikis.
From 1999 to 2003, I was an undergraduate in Linguistics at Harvard. While there, I created the Dialect Survey with my then-advisor, Bert Vaux. Here are the courses I took.
Outside of my academic work, I've had a number of interesting jobs and internships. I developed mobile applications for ThinkingBytes (now Adesso Systems) from 2000 to 2002, and have spent summers working for giants Microsoft (doing speech recognition) and IBM (studying online communities).
15.576 - Research Seminar in Information Technology and Organizations: Social Perspectives (with Wanda Orlikowski)
STS 447 - Information Theory: Scientific Visualization (with Joseph Dumit)
MAS 965 - Techno-Identity: Signalling Identity in the Real and Virtual Worlds (with Judith Donath)
4.208 - Designing Persuasive Environments and Technologies (with Stephen Intille)
MAS 741 - Context-Aware Computing (with Ted Selker)
Last updated: 14 July 2005