The Future of Humans as Sensors

The Future of Humans as Sensors
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
1:00 pm
6:00 pm
UCLA Public Affairs Building, Room 2343
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Date: 
Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

UCLA Public Affairs Building, Room 2343
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
Contact name: 
Christian Zarate

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The premise of computational social science is that digital technology turns humans into sensors that generate behavioral data on an unprecedented scale.

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The premise of computational social science is that digital technology turns humans into sensors that generate behavioral data on an unprecedented scale. A golden age of computational social scienc emay be ending, however: Facebook is essentially closed to social science questions, Instagram curtailed their API in 2016, and Twitter appears to have plateaued. This workshop will discuss how “humans as sensors” can continue to yield productive research agendas. We will focus on how to extract more data from existing sources and promising sources of new data.

Agenda

1:00PM - 1:05PM Opening remarks
 
1:05PM - 1:35PM Where we've been
  • Michael Macy 'Digital Footprints: Where Are They Leading?'
1:35PM - 2:05PM Humans as sensors
  • Joseph Reisinger from Premise Data
2:05PM - 2:15PM Q&A
 
2:15PM - 02:30PM Break
 
2:30PM - 03:00PM - Current frontiers, cell phones:
  • Joshua Blumenstock 'Using Data to Fight Poverty'
  • Keith Chen 'What Can We Learn from Tracking Smartphones'
3:00PM - 03:15PM Break
 
3:15PM - 04:00PM Current frontiers, social media:
  • Pablo Barbera 'How demographic sample weights can improve public opinion estimates based on Twitter data'
  • Jennifer Pan 'Social Media and Collective Action'
  • Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld 'Measuring Protests with Social Media'
4:00PM - 04:15PM Break
 
4:15PM - 5:00PM Panel discussion, open questions 
 
5:00PM - 6:00PM Hors d'oeuvres and drinks


Reception to follow. Registration required.

TRANSIT

The UCLA Luskin School is located along Metro lines 2 and 302. Alternatively, you could take any of the Wilshire buses and/or a Big Blue Bus from Westwood and Wilshire up to the BBB terminal on Hilgard. From there, it is a short walk up the small hill to the school.

PARKING

Pay-by-Space Parking is available in Parking Structure 3 (Lot 3).

View the interactive campus map for your convenience.