Keynote Speakers

Lada Adamic

Lada Adamic leads the Product Science group within Facebook's Data Science Team. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Her research interests center on information dynamics in networks: how information diffuses, how it can be found, and how it influences the evolution of a network's structure. Her projects have included identifying expertise in online question and answer forums, studying the dynamics of viral marketing, and characterizing the structural and communication patterns in online social media. She has received an NSF CAREER award, a University of Michigan Henry Russell award, the 2012 Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems.

Chris Wiggins

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the Department of Systems Biology, the executive committee of the Data Science Institute (, and the Institute's education and entrepreneurship committees. He is also an affiliate of Columbia's Department of Statistics and a founding member of Columbia's Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2). He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (, a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized once a semester student hackathons and the hackNY Fellows Program, a structured summer internship at NYC startups.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998-2001) and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993-1998) in theoretical physics. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and is a recipient of Columbia's Avanessians Diversity Award.

Program Committee

Maneesh Agrawala, Stanford University
Emily Bell, Columbia University
Larry Birnbaum, Northwestern University
Meredith Broussard, Temple University
Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland
Irfan Essa, Georgia Tech
Ann Grimes, Stanford University
James Hamilton, Stanford University
Mark Hansen, Columbia University
Bahareh Heravi, National University of Ireland, Galway
Hille van der Kaa, Tilburg University
Cheryl Phillips, Stanford University
Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research


Friday, October 2

Time Programs
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15-10:30am Opening Keynote: Lada Adamic, Facebook
10:30-11:30am Invited Panel: “News Commenting, Moderation, and Community Systems”
Justin Cheng, Stanford University
Bassey Etim, New York Times
Jenny Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University
Moderator: Andrew Losowsky, The Coral Project
11:30-12:30pm Paper Session: “Computational Approaches to Media Bias”
12:30-2:00pm Lunch (Provided)
2:00-3:30pm Paper Session: “Computable Content: Structure, Context, Clarity, and Personalization”
3:30am-4:30pm Invited Panel: “Progression Beyond the Mean: Journalists Tackle Complex Modeling”
Janet Roberts, Reuters
Tom McGinty, WSJ
Olga Pierce, ProPublica
4:30-5:00pm Demo Setup
5:00-7:00pm Demo & Reception

Saturday, October 3

Time Programs
9:00-10:00am Paper Session: “Data Journalism In the Classroom”
10:00-11:00am Paper Session: “Opening the Process”
11:00-11:30am Mid-morning Break
11:30am-12:30pm Contributed Panel: “Ranking in the Age of Algorithms and Curated News”
Catherine D'Ignazio, Emerson College
Mike Dewar, NY Times
Anthony De Rosa, Circa
Suman Deb Roy, betaworks
12:30-2:00pm Lunch (Provided)
2:00-3:00pm Paper Session: “Visualization for Story Finding and Telling”
3:00-4:00pm Closing Keynote: Chris Wiggins, New York Times
Columbia Journalism School
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Yahoo Labs

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation

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