I will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information starting Fall 2012!
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. I am advised by Professor Amy Bruckman. My dissertation research examines parenting challenges in teens' social media use. I designed and deployed an online social network to support hundreds of middle school parents in learning about changes in social media. I have published my dissertation work in CHI 2011 and CHI 2012. I have also published studies of geographical events on Twitter, structural predictors of tie formation on Twitter, and backchannels in the classroom in CHI, ICWSM, and SocialCom.
I have interned with HP Lab's Social Computing group and Microsoft Research New England Social Media Group. My research has been supported by the NSF and MacArthur Foundation and I am a recipient of a Google Anita Borg Fellowship.
I received my MS from the School of Information at UC Berkeley in May 2006. I spent my best formative years at Berkeley as a researcher with the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Youth group. I was advised by Dr. Peter Lyman. Prior to that, my best summative years as an athlete were spent on the Dartmouth Women's Tennis Team. I studied Computer Science and Engineering during that time and received my BA in Computer Engineering in 2002.
ContactEmail: syardi3 -at- gatech -dot- edu