PRESENT

                                    Associate Professor,  Department of Information Science, Cornell University



RESEARCH FOCUS

                                    Conversational Behavior


                                    Anti-Social Computing


                                    Conventions and Norms



NEWS

                                    Selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Center for Social Sciences                              


                                    The New York Times covered two of our studies on online (anti)social behavior                                 


                                    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                                         



INVITED TALKS

                                    MIDAS Seminar Series @ University of Michigan, October 19



TEACHING               

                                    Spring 2021: Language and Information (INFO/CS 4300)

                                    Check out the 4300 Projects Hall of Fame                       



PUBLICATIONS      

                                    Facilitating the Communication of Politeness through Fine-Grained Paraphrasing

                                    Liye Fu, Susan Fussell and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of EMNLP 2020. To appear.


                                    Quantifying the Causal Effects of Conversational Tendencies

                                    Justine Zhang, Sendhil Mullainathan, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of CSCW 2020. To appear.

                                   

                                    ConvoKit: A Toolkit for the Analysis of Conversations

                                    Jonathan P. Chang, Caleb Chiam, Liye Fu, Andrew Z. Wang, Justine Zhang, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of SIGDIAL 2020. System demo.


                                    Balancing Objectives in Counseling Conversations: Advancing Forwards or Looking Backwards

                                    Justine Zhang and Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of ACL 2020.


                                    It Takes Two to Lie: One to Lie, and One to Listen

                                    Denis Peskov, Benny Cheng, Ahmed Elgohary, Joe Barrow,

                                    Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Jordan Boyd-Graber

                                    Proceedings of ACL 2020.


                                    Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: Comparing Intentions and Perceptions in Online Discussions

                                    Jonathan P. Chang, Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil.

                                    Proceedings of WWW 2020.


                                    Confidence Boost in Dyadic Online Teamwork: An Individual-Focused Perspective

                                    Liye Fu*, Andrew Z. Wang*, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of ICWSM 2020.

                                    *Equal contributions


                                    Trouble on the Horizon: Forecasting the Derailment of Online Conversations as they Develop

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

                                    Proceedings of EMNLP 2019.


                                    Content Removal as a Moderation Strategy: Compliance and Other Outcomes in the ChangeMyView Community

                                    Kumar Srinivasan, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Lillian Lee, Chenhao Tan 

                                    Proceedings of CSCW 2019.


                                    Finding Your Voice: The Linguistic Development of Mental Health Counselors

                                    Justine Zhang, Robert Filbin, Christine Morrison, Jaclyn Weiser, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

                                    Proceedings of ACL 2019.


                                    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.                                


                                    Trajectories of Blocked Community Members: Redemption, Recidivism and Departure

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

                                    Proceedings of WWW 2019.


                                    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

                                   

                                    Undergraduate co-authors


                                    Natural Language Processing

                                    Machine Learning

                                    Artificial Intelligence




                                                                                                     



CONTACT

                                    cristian@cs.cornell.edu


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


                                    Cornell University

                                    209 Gates Hall

                                    Ithaca, NY 14853

                                    USA


                                    Physical location in Google Maps

                                    Room 209

 

Cristian   Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil