People

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

César A. Hidalgo

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab

César A. Hidalgo heads the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab and is also the ABC Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo's work focuses on understanding the evolution of information in natural, social, and economic systems, and on the development of big data visualization engines designed to make available unwieldy volumes of data. Hidalgo's academic publications have been cited more than 4,500 times and his visualization engines have received more than 5 million visits. He is the author of Why Information Grows (Penguin UK, Basic Books US, Forthcoming June 2, 2015) and the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press).

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Austin Kozlowski

Graduate RA, University of Chicago

I am a doctoral student in the Chicago sociology department. My research focuses on the questions of how belief systems are structured and why certain ideas seem to “go together.” By applying state-of-the-art computational methods, I attempt to shed new light on these age-old questions from the sociology of knowledge and culture.
 
At Knowledge Lab, I am currently engaged in a project utilizing word embeddings to discover cultural associations and categories in text. This project aims to advance an analytical and relational approach to the study culture, building-up our understanding of how meanings are situated with respect to one another in a cultural system.
 
Before coming to the University of Chicago, I earned my BA in Sociology at the University of Michigan and worked as a research associate with the Chitwan Valley Family Study at the UM Institute for Social Research. During my time at Michigan, I conducted research on the effects of agricultural technology adoption among subsistence farm households in Nepal.
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