Information Science

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $29,500; professional degree: $47,050

Application deadlines

Ph.D. Fall: Dec. 15; Spring: No admission. M.P.S. Fall: February 15; Spring: Oct. 1.

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Information Science (Ph.D., M.P.S.)
  • Information Systems (M.S.)

Major concentrations

  • cognition
  • connective media
  • human computer interaction
  • information science
  • information systems
  • social aspects of information

Information Science is an interdisciplinary program within the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. It brings together faculty, researchers and students who share an interest in studying digital information.

Information Science examines information systems in their social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts. Computer science is an important part of the program, but the emphasis is on systems and their use, rather than on the technologies that underlie them.

Information Systems draws from Computer Science and Operations Research; Human Computer Interaction from Communication, Psychology, and Cognitive Studies; Social Studies of Computing from Science & Technology Studies, Law, and Economics, with many others.

The Ph.D. program has been approved by the Education Department in the State of New York.

The Information Science program is home to several large research groups, including the Human-Computer Interaction group, digital libraries research, and the ePrint arXiv.

 

John Abowd -- Concentrations: information systems; social aspects of information; Research interests: social and economic data, confidentiality, protection of statistical data, Census research data centers, synthetic data
Lawrence Blume -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: game theory; decision theory; theory of markets
Claire Cardie -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: natural language processing, artificial intelligence
Tanzeem Choudhury -- Concentrations: information systems; human computer interaction; Research interests: developing machine learning techniques for systems that can reason about human activities, interactions, and social networks in everyday environments
Robert Constable -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: automated reasoning and type theory
Dan Cosley -- Concentrations: information systems; human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: human computer interactions; online communities; recommender systems
David Easley -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: economic theory; decision theory; finance
Shimon Edelman -- Concentrations: information systems; cognition; social aspects of information; Research interests: visual object and scene processing and learning, language acquisition and processing
Deborah Estrin -- Concentrations: information systems; human computer interaction; Research interests: Mobile health, networked sensing,
Susan Fussell -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; Research interests: computer-mediated communication; computer-supported collaborative work; social computing; human-robot and human-agent communication
Geraldine Gay -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; cognition; Research interests: human-computer interaction, computer mediated communication
Johannes Gehrke -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: data mining; database systems; data privacy; search; and computer games
Arpita Ghosh -- Concentrations: information systems; social aspects of information; Research interests: Algorithms and mechanism design in the context of strategic behaviour on the Web, particularly social computing and user-generated content, online advertising, and matching markets. Markets and mechanisms for privacy.
Tarleton Gillespie -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: contexts and implications of information technologies; digital copyright; law, policy and technological change; authorship and knowledge production in digital contexts; technology and language; media technologies
Paul Ginsparg -- Concentrations: information systems; social aspects of information; Research interests: Digital knowledge networks
Carla Gomes -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: integration of artificial intelligence and operations research techniques for combinatorial optimization
Francois Guimbretiere -- Concentrations: information systems; human computer interaction; Research interests: pen computing (paper and digital surfaces); information appliances to support reading; empirical evaluation of computer interface; information visualization
Joseph Halpern -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: reasoning about knowledge and uncertainty, decision theory, game theory, fault-tolerant distributed computing, causality, and security
Jeffrey Hancock -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; cognition; Research interests: computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, language
Lee Humphreys -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: social uses and effects of communication technology; mobile technology, communication and culture; mobile social networks; new media and society
Daniel Huttenlocher -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: computer vision, geometric algorithms, time series data
Steven Jackson -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: governance and information technology; information infrastructure in the sciences; politics and policy
Thorsten Joachims -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: machine learning, information retrieval
Malte Jung -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: Computer-supported cooperative work, teamwork, emotion, human-robot interaction, design
Robert Kleinberg -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: Algorithmic aspects of learning and game theory, with applications to electronic commerce, online social systems, and information systems.
Jon Kleinberg -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: information science, algorithms, parallel computing theory
Lillian Lee -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: natural language processing; machine learning
Michael Macy -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: collective action; emergence of norms; netowrks and cascades; game theory; agent-based modeling
David Mimno -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: Machine learning, text mining, digital humanities
Mor Naaman -- Concentrations: information systems; human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: Social media, data mining, human-computer interaction, computational social science, interactive systems
Trevor Pinch -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: sociology of technology; history and sociology of musical instruments; digital music communities; economic sociology; and science and technology studies
Rachel Prentice -- Concentrations: social aspects of information; Research interests: medical information technologies; simulations in medicine, especially surgery; medical informatics
Mats Rooth -- Concentrations: information systems; cognition; Research interests: computational linguistics, natural language semantics (ellipsis, lexicon induction, parse forest algorithm, statistical parsing)
Fred Schneider -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: fault-tolerance and security
Phoebe Sengers -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; social aspects of information; Research interests: human-computer interaction; sustainable design; critical theory; critical technical practice; consumer culture
Eva Tardos -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: design and analysis of algorithms, algorithmic game theory
Stephen Wicker -- Concentrations: information systems; social aspects of information; Research interests: the interface between information networking technology, law, and sociology, with a particular emphasis on how design choices and regulation can affect the privacy and speech rights of users
David Williamson -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: combinatorial optimization, Web search and structure
Connie Yuan -- Concentrations: human computer interaction; Research interests: virtual collaboration; knowledge management; social networks
Ramin Zabih -- Concentrations: information systems; Research interests: medical imaging, health information systems

Doctoral Proficiencies (IS dept)


A candidate for a doctoral degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline in a timely fashion.

Proficiencies


* Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline

  •    Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methodologies
  •    Identify new research opportunities within one's field

* Demonstrate advanced research skills

  •    Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one's own findings and those of others
  •    Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
  •    Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline

* Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  •   Keep abreast of current advances within one's field and related areas
  •   Show commitment to personal professional development through – engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
  •   Show a commitment to creating an environment that supports learning through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration

* Demonstrate professional skills

  •   Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline
  •   Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively