Our people are leaders in the fields of human genetics, sociology, mathematics, history, evolutionary biology, English literature and psychology, from the nations most prestigous institutions. About a third come from a computational modeling background who are interested in identifying and modeling knowledge generation and transmission processes. The remaining two thirds take the long view of science and scholarship and bring their expertise into meaningful conversations and research on topics that are of interest to them and to the Lab as a whole.

In the Limelight

Alexander Belikov

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago

Alexander Belikov is interested in applications of machine learning and natural language processing to social phenomena and texts. Of particular interest to him are the relation extraction and the convergence of social consensus, which can be studied in conjunction. 
Alexander received his B.S. and M.S. from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining the Knowledge Lab, he held a two-year postdoc at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. He also worked as a quantitative researcher in wholesale risk modeling at JP Morgan Chase and later at the exotic equity derivatives desk at Barclays Capital in New York.
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Danya Lagos

Graduate RA, University of Chicago

I am a PhD student in sociology researching the role of technology in embodied social interactions (virtual workplaces, biometrics, and the quantified self, for example). I am in the process of developing skills and experience in a combination of computational app-based data collection and qualitative interview methods. My undergraduate background is in philosophy, through which I became immersed in the phenomenological questions and methods that inform my current theoretical approach to empirical social research. I am a 2015-2016 Fuerstenberg Fellow, and regularly participate in workshops at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. At the Knowledge Lab, I assist with various projects including Metaknowledge projects on social and political dynamics in Wikipedia. 

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