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MIT Media Lab

Judith Donath (Director)
Judith Donath is the director of the Sociable Media research group. Her work focuses on the social side of computing, synthesizing knowledge from fields such as graphic design, urban studies and cognitive science to build innovative interfaces for the online communities, virtual identities and computer-mediated collaborations that have emerged with the convergence of computing and communication.

Aaron Zinman (Researcher)
Aaron is a PhD student researching novel computational models and interaction techniques to help navigate virtual social spaces. He is primarily concerned with helping technology better meld with existing social norms and conventions, thus creating new opportunities in computer mediated communications. He holds an SM from the Media Lab, and a BS in Cognitive Science specializing in Computation from the University of California at San Diego.

Drew Harry (Researcher)
Drew is a graduate student interested in sharable visualizations and mediated communities. He received his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College, and wrote senior theses on a design for a location-centric online community and a study of group formation in World of Warcraft. Drew is also an avid game player and hopes to involve elements of game design in the creation of future social technologies.

Alex Dragulescu (Researcher)
Alex is a graduate student interested in creating visualizations, spaces and interfaces that inform and enhance social interactions. Prior to joining the Sociable Media Group, he was a researcher in the Experimental Game Lab at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) in San Diego. Alex has a BS in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College and a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego.

Yannick Assogba (Researcher)
Yannick is a graduate student interested in creating socially enabling interactive systems that provide new opportunities for people to communicate with each other. Before coming to the Sociable Media Group he was a researcher at OBX Labs where he worked on integrating human performance with dynamic typography. Yannick received his BS in Computer Science with a minor in Computation Art from Concordia University, Montreal.


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