Moira Burke
Moira Burke

Email: moir...@gmail.com

about me

I'm a Research Scientist on the Core Data Science team at Facebook. My Ph.D. is from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I was advised by Bob Kraut. I perform research that bridges computer science and social psychology, particularly large-scale computational analysis of social patterns in online communities.

The "i" in my name is silent. And I really like Brussels sprouts.

research expertise

  • Social network site use and well-being: social support, loneliness, happiness, depression
  • Audience awareness, privacy preferences, and context collapse
  • Job-seeking and bridging social capital in networks

education

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, December 2011
Carnegie Mellon University
Dissertation: Reading, Writing, Relationships: The Impact of Social Network Sites on Relationships and Well-Being

B.A. summa cum laude in Computer and Information Science, June 2001
Donald Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

press coverage

honors and awards

  • Program Committee: CSCW 2013-2016, CHI 2016-2017, ICWSM 2016
  • Panels Chair: CHI 2016
  • Publicity Chair: CSCW 2015
  • Best Paper Awards (CHI 2014, CSCW 2013, CHI 2010, CSCW 2010, C&T 2007, Small Group Research 2010)
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention (CHI 2013)
  • Google PhD Fellowship in Human-Computer Interaction (2010)
  • Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program (2010)
  • Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (2010)
  • Facebook Ph.D. Fellowship Finalist (2010)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005)
  • AT&T Labs Graduate Research Fellowship (2005)

peer-reviewed publications

reviewing experience

  • ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
  • AAAI International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)
  • ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST)
  • ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS)
  • Communications of the ACM (CACM)

teaching experience

  • Data Analysis in R (free online course on Udacity)
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: Designing Online Communities (Teaching Assistant)
  • Human-Computer Interaction Methods (Teaching Assistant)

research experience

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (2005 to 2012)
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Bob Kraut
Modeled successful interactions in online communities (Wikipedia, discussion groups).

FACEBOOK (Summer 2008 and 2009)
Research Intern
Advisor: Cameron Marlow
Modeled newcomer socialization strategies associated with future content contribution to Facebook. Modeled communication patterns associated with perceived social capital and loneliness.

AT&T RESEARCH (Summer 2005)
Research Intern
Advisor: Brian Amento
Evaluated multimodal interfaces for error correction of automatically generated voicemail transcripts.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON (2000 to 2005)
Research Intern
Advisor: Anthony Hornof, with Erik Nilsen
Investigated human attentional capacity for animation concurrent with visual search tasks.

GRAPHICS, VISUALIZATION, USABILITY CENTER: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Summer 2000)
Research Intern
Advisor: Jessica Hodgins
Analyzed play-balancing techniques in massively multi-player games.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS LAB, BROWN UNIVERSITY (Summer 1999)
Research Intern
Advisor: Nancy Pollard
Developed tools to visualize aspects of motion, such as center-of-mass position and trajectory.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON (Summer 1998)
Programmer
Advisor: Steve Fickas
Designed and implemented Java bots in an online "office hours" environment.

professional experience

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, FACEBOOK (2012 - Present)
Core Data Science Team

DIGITAL SERVICES COORDINATOR, PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE LIBRARY (2002 to 2005)
Designed and maintained award-winning library website and catalog based on usability testing
Maintained Solaris 8 servers running Apache, SSL, ColdFusion, PHP
Trained technical and non-technical staff in MARC cataloging, web publishing, accessibility standards
Led workshops at national library conferences

WEB AND MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER (1997 to 2002)
http://www.thoughtcrumbs.com/portfolio
Designed websites for non-profit organizations
Conducted usability testing, card sorting, heuristic evaluation
Composed creative standalone applications and Shockwave movies in Director
Programmed dynamic content with PHP, ColdFusion, MySQL