Social media presents a new chance to answer old questions from the social sciences. Recently, we've seen a lot of great work in this area. In this talk, I'll present some of my own and others' work answering social science questions using social media. I'll conclude the talk by discussing our new DARPA on modeling influence and deception via social media.
Eric Gilbert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He recently joined the faculty after finishing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Illinois. His new research group, focused on building and studying social media, is called comp.social (http://comp.social.gatech.edu). He likes Atlanta and really likes coffee.