PRESENT

                                    Assistant Professor,  Department of Information Science, Cornell University



RESEARCH FOCUS

                                    Conversational Behavior


                                    Anti-Social Computing


                                    Conventions and Norms



NEWS

                                    Released the Cornell Conversational Analysis Toolkit (ConvoKit 2.0)


                                    Released WikiConv, a large multilingual corpus of conversations


                                    PBS produced an animated educational video showcasing our work on antisocial behavior                            


                                    Interviewed by BBC on Behaving Better Online  (write-up version here)


                                    NSF CAREER Award for developing artificial conversational intuition       


                                    More DATA, MEDIA COVERAGE, TALKS and older NEWS



INTERACTIVE FUN

                                   Guess whether a conversation will go awry


                                   Check how polite your requests are using our Politeness Web App 


                                   Play StreetCrowd --- a collaborative world-exploration game we developed    


                                   Check out how Obama was quoted in our QUOTUS interactive visualization                                         



UPCOMING TALKS                                                 

                                   Main conference keynote at NLPCC @ Hohhot, China, August 29


                                   Invited talk at Bloomberg @ NYC, November 8   

   

                                   Invited talk at Wisdom from Words @ Choice Symposium, Cambridge, MD, May 28      



TEACHING

                                    Spring 2019: Language and Information (INFO/CS 4300)

                                    Check out the 4300 Projects Hall of Fame


                                    Fall 2018: Natural Language Processing and Social Interaction (CS/INFO 6742)



                                                  

PUBLICATIONS            

                                    Asking the Right Question: Inferring Advice-Seeking Intentions from Personal Narratives

                                    Liye Fu, Jonathan P. Chang and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil.

                                    Proceedings of NAACL 2019. To appear.                                  


                                    Trajectories of Blocked Community Members: Redemption, Recidivism and Departure

                                    Jonathan P. Chang and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil.

                                    Proceedings of WWW 2019. To appear.


                                    Characterizing Online Public Discussions Through Patterns of Participant Interactions

                                    Justine Zhang, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Christina Sauper, Sean J. Taylor

                                    Proceedings of CSCW 2018.


                                    WikiConv: A Corpus of the Complete Conversational History of a Large Online Collaborative Community

                                    Yiqing Hua, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dario Taraborelli,

                                    Nithum Thain, Jeffery Sorensen, Lucas Dixon.

                                    Proceedings of EMNLP 2018. Short Paper.

                                   

                                    Conversations Gone Awry: Detecting Early Signs of Conversational Failure

                                    Justine Zhang, Jonathan P. Chang, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil,

                                    Lucas Dixon, Yiqing Hua, Nithum Thain, Dario Taraborelli

                                    Proceedings of ACL 2018. 


                                    Asking Too Much? The Rhetorical Role of Questions in Political Discourse

                                    Justine Zhang, Arthur Spirling, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of EMNLP 2017.


                                    Community Identity and User Engagement in a Multi-Community Landscape

                                    Justine Zhang*, Will Hamilton*, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dan Jurafsky and Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM 2017.

                                    *Equal contributions


                                    Tracing the Use of Practices through Networks of Collaboration

                                    Rahmtin Rotabi, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jon Kleinberg

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM 2017.


                                    Loyalty in Online Communities                                   

                                    Will Hamilton*, Justine Zhang*, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dan Jurafsky and Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM 2017. Short Paper.   

                                    *Equal contributions


                                    When Confidence and Competence Collide: Effects on Online Decision-Making Discussions

                                    Liye Fu, Lillian Lee, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2017.


                                    Competition and Selection Among Conventions

                                    Rahmtin Rotabi, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jon Kleinberg

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2017.


                                    Anyone Can Become a Troll: Causes of Trolling Behavior in Online Discussions

                                    Justin Cheng, Michael Bernstein, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of CSCW, 2017.

                                    Best Paper Award.


                                    Conversational Markers of Constructive Discussions

                                    Vlad Niculae and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of NAACL, 2016.


                                    Conversational flow in Oxford-style debates

                                    Justine Zhang, Ravi Kumar, Sujith Ravi, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of NAACL, 2016. Short paper.


                                    Message impartiality in social media discussions

                                    Muhammad Bilal Zafar, Krishna Gummadi, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM, 2016.


                                    Winning arguments: Interaction dynamics and persuasion strategies in good-faith online discussions

                                    Chenhao Tan, Vlad Niculae, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2016.


                                    Tie-breaker: Using language models to quantify gender bias in sports journalism

                                    Liye Fu, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee

                                    Proceedings of the IJCAI workshop on NLP meets Journalism, 2016.

                                    Best Paper Award


                                    Linguistic Harbingers of Betrayal:  A Case Study on an Online Strategy Game

                                    Vlad Niculae, Srijan Kumar, Jordan Boyd-Graber, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of ACL, 2015.

                                   

                                    QUOTUS: The Structure of Political Media Coverage as Revealed by Quoting Patterns

                                    Vlad Niculae*, Caroline Suen*, Justine Zhang*, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2015.

                                    *Equal contributions


                                    Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities

                                    Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM, 2015.

                                    Honorable Mention


                                    Brighter than Gold: Figurative Language in User Generated Comparisons

                                    Vlad Niculae and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of EMNLP, 2014.


                                    People on Drugs: Credibility of User Statements in Health Communities

                                    Subhabrata Mukherjee, Gerhard Weikum, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of KDD, 2014.

                                   

                                    How to Ask for a Favor: A Case Study on the Success of Altruistic Requests

                                    Tim Althoff, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dan Jurafsky

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM, 2014.


                                    How Community Feedback Shapes User Behavior

                                    Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM, 2014.


                                    No country for old members: User lifecycle and linguistic change in online communities

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Robert West, Dan Jurafsky, Jure Leskovec, Christopher Potts

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2013.

                                    Best Paper Award


                                    A computational approach to politeness with application to social factors

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Moritz Sudhof, Dan Jurafsky, Jure Leskovec, Christopher Potts

                                    Proceedings of ACL, 2013.

                                    Nominated for the Best Paper Award


                                    Linguistic Models for Analyzing and Detecting Biased Language

                                    Marta Recasens, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dan Jurafsky

                                    Proceedings of ACL, 2013.


                                    Characterizing and Curating Conversation Threads: Expansion, Focus, Volume, Re-entry

                                    Lars Backstrom, Jon Kleinberg, Lillian Lee, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of WSDM, 2013.

                                    

                                    Echoes of power:  Language effects and power differences in social interaction

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee, Bo Pang and Jon Kleinberg.

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2012.


                                    You had me at hello:  How phrasing affects memorability

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Justin Cheng, Jon Kleinberg and Lillian Lee.

                                    Proceedings of ACL, 2012.

                                   

                                    A computational approach to linguistic coordination    

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Ph.D. Thesis, Cornell University, 2012.


                                    Mark my words!  Linguistic style accommodation in social media.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Michael Gamon and Susan Dumais.

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2011.


                                    Chameleons in Imagined Conversations:

                                    A new Approach to Understanding Coordination of Linguistic Style in Dialogs.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Lillian Lee.

                                    Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, 2011.


                                    Competing for users' attention: On the interplay between organic and sponsored search results.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Andrei Broder, Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Vanja Josifovski, Bo Pang.

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2010.


                                    Don't ‘have a clue’? Unsupervised co-learning of downward-entailing operators.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Lillian Lee

                                    Proceedings of ACL, 2010. Short paper.


                                    For the sake of simplicity: Experiments with unsupervised extraction of lexical simplifications.

                                    Mark Yatskar, Bo Pang, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee.

                                    Proceedings of NAACL HLT, 2010. Short paper.


                                    Without a ‘doubt’? Unsupervised discovery of downward-entailing operators.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee and Richard Ducott.

                                    Proceedings of NAACL HLT, 2009.


                                    How opinions are received by online communities: A case study on Amazon.com helpfulness votes.

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Gueorgi Kossinets, Jon Kleinberg and Lillian Lee.

                                    Proceedings of WWW, 2009.



RESEARCH GROUPS

                                    PhD students: Jonathan P. Chang, Liye Fu, Justine Zhang

                                    Co-authors

                                    Natural Language Processing

                                    Machine Learning

                                    Artificial Intelligence




                                                                                                     



CONTACT

                                    cristian@cs.cornelloedu


                                    Office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 4:30-5:00 --- You need to make an appointment here


                                    Cornell University

                                    209 Gates Hall

                                    Ithaca, NY 14853

                                    USA


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Cristian   Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil