James Caverlee

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
[my_last_name] 'at' cse.tamu.edu

Industry engagement: Amazon Scholar

Research: My research targets topics from recommender systems, social media, information retrieval, data mining, and emerging networked information systems. My work typically focuses on:

  • threats to these systems, including social spam/bots, crowd-powered strategic manipulation, collective attention threats, attacks on search engines, and other emerging threats; and
  • new beneficial algorithms and frameworks for these systems, including our work on fairness in recommendation, geo-social characteristics of social media, user modeling, expert detection, and neural models of ranking and recommendation.

About me: I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2007, co-advised by Ling Liu (CS) and Bill Rouse (ISYE). Before that, I earned two M.S. degrees from Stanford University: one in Computer Science in 2001 and one in Engineering-Economic Systems & Operations Research in 2000. My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from Duke University in 1996. I joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2007. I spent most of my sabbatical in 2015 at Google as a Visiting Scientist in Ed Chi's group. I've been honored to receive an NSF CAREER award, DARPA Young Faculty award, a AFOSR Young Investigator award, as well as several teaching awards. Recently co-organized WSDM 2020 with Xia "Ben" Hu. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful conference!

Acknowledgments: Our lab has been generously supported by NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, Google, Amazon, the Texas A&M College of Engineering, and Texas A&M. Thank you!

Some recent projects:

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Or you may prefer: quarantine haircut, chilling out (pic by Hongning Wang), Wampa attack, thinking, coffee, guitar, Korean, bike, canoe, rainy, Gandalf, GRRM, dunno, younger me, fancy me, or collaborating (pic by Hongning Wang).


See also my publications at DBLP, Google Scholar, and at Semantic Scholar. 2007 and earlier


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