Abstract: Research in social computing has provided a number of ways to engage people in collective endeavors, from collective mapping and encyclopedia-writing to localized support and personalized appeals. This talk reviews a variety of social computing research with an eye towards application in E-Democracy and E-Government. How can governments use the techniques and lessons of this research to better engage citizens? How can citizens organize themselves to better influence and support regional and national governments?
Konstan is active in professional service. He is currently serving his third term on the ACM Council, and also serves as co-chair of its Publications Board. He served as President of ACM's 4500-member Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, and as general chair of several conferences, including the CHI 2012, the premier conference in the field of HCI. He currently serves on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Social Computing, and was recently the Program Committee co-chair of User Modeling 2011 and CSCW 2016.
Konstan has also been active in industry and commercialization. He co-founded Net Perceptions, Inc. in 1996. NetP licensed the University's recommender systems technology and became the largest provider of recommendation engine software, serving leading retailers and information providers. He is still an active consultant, working with a variety of businesses, large and small.
Konstan has been elected a Fellow of the ACM and of the AAAS, is a member of the CHI Academy, and is recipient of the 2010 ACM Software System Award for the GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems and the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award for his work on collaborative filtering algorithms.
Konstan was graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1992.