Information Science Brown Bag

Spring 2006 Schedule

Thursday 12:00-1:00 PM in large conference room, at 301 College Ave

Date Presenter Title and Abstract
Feb 2 Claire Cardie A New Project on Natural Language Processing and E-Rulemaking

This brown bag lunch will be an informal introduction to a new research project at Cornell that involves IS faculty and researchers from Computer Science (me), the Law School (Cynthia Farina), the Hotel School (Erica Wagner), and the Law School's Legal Information Institute (Tom Bruce). The goal of the NSF-funded effort is to employ methods from natural language processing to:
- support agency rulewriters (we're collaborating with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce's Fisheries Division, and possibly the EPA),
- elicit more useful comments from the public, and hopefully even
- improve the U.S. government's E-rulemaking process.
We will also study the internal agency process of rulemaking itself, collecting data on whether and how the internet is changing that process.

At the brown bag lunch we'll describe both the traditional "Notice & Comment" approach to rulemaking and the current state of internet-based E-rulemaking, as well as outline our plans for the project. Please come if you think you'd be interested in any of the above topics --- we're still looking for student and faculty collaborators...
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Feb 23 Fred Collopy Can I Make a Tiny Imager?

Imager is an instrument for playing abstract visuals in the way that musicians play with sounds. Physical devices (mostly MIDI) are used to control about a dozen oscillators that affect colors, forms and motions. I will briefly present and demonstrate the control model. Then I’d like to get your ideas about how I can make a “trial version” of imager available to people who don’t have sophisticated controllers lying around.

Friday Mar 3 Michael Macy Maybe it's not such a small world after all: Spatial networks and complex contagions
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Mar 23 Spring Break
Mar 30    
Apr 6 Paul Ginsparg Scholarly Information Network is an automated repository and distribution system of physics, math, computer science, and quantitative biology articles with over 360,000 full-text documents, growing at over 50,000 new documents per year. In addition to serving tens of millions of full-text downloads per year to its user community of over 40,000 researchers, it maintains usage and other logs going back over a decade, providing a fertile information science testbed. I will describe some recent and projected research areas using this large dataset, including projects in text classification and clustering, other novel corpus navigation tools, full-text mining, duplicate and plagiarism detection, burst analyses, passive filtering, query and referral analyses, and social networks.
Friday Apr 14 Jeff Hancock Advancing Ambiguity
by Kirsten Boehner and Jeff Hancock

Ambiguity is an important concept for HCI because of its pervasiveness in everyday life, yet its emergent nature challenges the role of design. We examine these difficulties with regards to Aoki and Woodruff's [1] proposal to use ambiguity as a resource for designing space for stories in personal communication systems. We challenge certain assumptions about ambiguity and propose a set of design and evaluation guidelines that flow from this reconceptualization of ambiguity and design.
Apr 20 Trevor Pinch Research on Users, Off-line and On-line and their role in the social construction of technology
Apr 27 No brown bag
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Fall 2005 IS Brown Bag

Organizer: Gilly Leshed