Affiliate Positions

  • Faculty, Center for an Informed Public
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Computer Science and Engineering

Specializations

  • Social Computing
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Online Misinformation

Biography

Tanu Mitra is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School, where she leads the Social Computing research group. Her research focuses on studying and building large-scale social computing systems to understand and counter problematic information online. Her work employs a range of interdisciplinary methods from the fields of human computer interaction, data mining, machine learning, and natural language processing.

Dr. Mitra’s work has been supported by grants from the NSF, DoD, Social Science One, and other Foundations. Her research has been recognized through multiple awards and honors, including an NSF-CRII award and the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award. Dr. Mitra received her PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing and her Masters in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.

Education

  • Ph D, Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017
  • MS, Computer Science, Texas A&M University, 2011

Awards

  • Adamic-Glance Distinguished Young Researcher Award - AAAI ICWSM, 2021-2021
  • ICTAS Junior Faculty Award - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2018
  • Promising Junior Investigator - Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems (CSST), 2016-2016
  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award - IBM, 2016
  • Foley Scholar Recipient - GVU Center, 2015-2015
  • ICWSM Student Travel Grant Recipient - ICWSM, 2015-2015
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention - CHI Conference, 2015
  • ACL Travel Award - LTCSS workshop, 2014-2014
  • GTRIC Fellowship Winner - Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Conference, 2014-2014
  • GTRIC Fellowship Winner - Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Conference, 2013-2013
  • Winner SAIC - Science Applications International Corporation, 2012
  • Royce E. Wisenbaker '39 Graduate Fellowship - Texas A&M University, 2009-2010
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention - CHI 2021, 2021

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Poster
    Evaluating the Inverted Pyramid Structure through Automatic 5W1H Extraction and Summarization (2021)
    Computation+Journalism (C+J) 2021 Symposium Authors: Brian Keith Norambuena, Michael Horning, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    Exploring the Information Landscape of News using Narrative Maps (2021)
    Computation+Journalism (C+J) 2021 Symposium Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Brian Keith Norambuena, Chris North
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    Provocation: Contestability in Large-Scale Interactive NLP Systems (2021)
    Bridging Human–Computer Interaction and Natural Language Processing (EACL 2021) Author: Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Poster
    "Who" in the Crowdsourcing of News Credibility (2020)
    Computation + Journalism Symposium (C+J 2020) Authors: Md Momen Bhuiyan, Amy X. Zhang, Connie Moon Sehat, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    Many Faced Hate: A Cross Platform Study of Content Framing and Information Sharing by Online Hate Groups (2020)
    CHI 2020: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Shruti Phadke, Tanushree Mitra
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Online Social Deception and Its Countermeasures: A Survey (2020)
    IEEE Access, Volume 9, Page 1770-1806 Authors: Zhen Guo, Jin-Hee Cho, Ing-Ray Chen, Srijan Sengupta, Michin Hong, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    SENPAI: Supporting Exploratory Text Analysis through Semantic & Syntactic Pattern Inspection (2019)
    ICWSM 2019: 13th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media Authors: Mattia Samory, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    Conspiracies Online: User discussions in a Conspiracy Community Following Dramatic Events (2018)
    ICWSM 2018: 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media Authors: Momen Bhuiyan, Kexin Zhang, Kelsey Vick, Michael Horning, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Extended Abstract
    FeedReflect: A toolkit for engaging users in active reflection on Twitter (2018)
    The 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2018) Authors: Momen Bhuiyan, Kexin Zhang, Kelsey Vick, Michael Horning, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Extended Abstract
    Framing Hate with Hate Frames: Designing the Codebook (2018)
    CSCW 2018 Authors: Shruti Phadke, Johnathan Lloyd, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    Growth in Social Network Connectedness among Different Roles in Organizational Crowdfunding (2018)
    GROUP 2018: ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work Group 2018 Authors: Michael Muller, Tanushree Mitra, Werner Geyer
  • Conference Paper
    Spread of Employee Engagement in a Large Organizational Network: A Longitudinal Analysis (2018)
    CSCW 2018: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Michael Muller, Sadat Shami, Abbas Goelstani, Mikhil Masli
  • Conference Paper
    The Government Spies Using Our Webcams: The Language of Conspiracy Theories in Online Discussions (2018)
    CSCW 2018: Proceedings on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: Mattia Samory, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    A Parsimonious Language Model of Social Media Credibility Across Disparate Events (2017)
    CSCW 2017: 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Graham Wright, Eric Gilbert
  • Conference Paper
    Recovery amid pro- anorexia: Analysis of recovery in social media (2016)
    CHI 2016: 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Stevie Chancellor, Munmun De Choudhoury
  • Conference Paper
    Understanding Anti-Vaccination Attitudes in Social Media (2016)
    ICWSM 2016: 10th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Scott Counts, James W. Pennebaker
  • Conference Paper
    CREDBANK: A Large-scale Social Media Corpus With Associated Credibility Annotations (2015)
    Proceedings of the Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2015) Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Eric Gilbert,
  • Conference Paper
    Comparing Person-and Process-centric Strategies for Obtaining Quality Data on Amazon Mechanical Turk (2015)
    Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Tanushree Mitra, C.J. Hutto
  • Conference Paper
    Modeling Factuality Judgments in Social Media Text (2014)
    Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2014) Authors: Soni Sandeep, Tanushree Mitra, Eric Gilbert, Jacob Eisenstein
  • Conference Paper
    The language that gets people to give: Phrases that predict success on Kickstarter (2014)
    CSCW 2014: 17th ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and social computing Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Eric Gilbert
  • Conference Paper
    Cost, Precision, and Task Structure in Aggression-Based Arbitration for Minimalist Robot Cooperation (2012)
    Proceedings of the International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Dylan A. Shell
  • Conference Paper
    Have You Heard?: How Gossip Flows Through Workplace Email (2012)
    Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2012) Authors: Tanushree Mitra, Eric Gilbert
  • Conference Paper
    Auditing E-Commerce Platforms for Algorithmically Curated Vaccine Misinformation
    Proc. CHI 2021: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Prerna Juneja, Tanushree Mitra
  • Conference Paper
    Educators, Solicitors, Flamers, Motivators, Sympathizers: Characterizing Roles in Online Extremist Movements
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction Vol. 5 (CSCW3)CSCW 2021, Volume 5 Authors: Shruti Phadke, Tanushree Mitra

Presentations

  • Algorithmic Bias and Governance (2021)
    Ensuring Scholarly Access to Digital Records, Virginia Tech and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Virtual
  • Algorithmic Governance: Auditing Search and Recommendation Algorithms for Misinformation (2020)
    Research Symposium, UW iSchool - Seattle, WA (virtual)
  • Investigating Differences in Crowdsourced News Credibility Assessment: Raters, Tasks, and Expert Criteria (2020)
    23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020) - Virtual
  • Measuring Misinformation in Video Search Platforms: An Audit Study on YouTube (2020)
    23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020) - Virtual
  • Narrative Maps: An Algorithmic Approach to Represent and Extract Information Narratives (2020)
    23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020) - Virtual
  • Panel on Influence Campaigns & Future Technologies (2020)
    National Academy of Sciences - Washington DC
  • Understanding and Countering Problematic Information on Social Media Platforms (2020)
    DUB Seminar, UW - Seattle, WA (virtual)
  • What Makes People Join Conspiracy Communities?: Role of Social Factors in Conspiracy Engagement (2020)
    23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020) - Virtual
  • Combating Misinformation Convening (2019)
    Google - Mountain View, CA
  • Emerging Trends in Social Media (2019)
    NATO StratCom Centre Of Excellence - Riga, Latvia
  • IARPA CASE Panel: Innovations in Credibility of Information (2019)
    Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity - Riverdale Park, MD
  • ISAT/DARPA Cognitive Defense: Detecting and Defending Against Influence Operations Workshop (2019)
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - Arlington, VA
  • The Future of Speech Online (2019)
    Center for Democracy & Technology - Washington DC
  • Combating Misinformation Convening (2018)
    Google - Mountain View, CA
  • ISAT/DARPA Coginitive Defense: Designing for Defense Workshop (2018)
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - Arlington, VA
  • Urban Dynamics Institute Seminar Series (2018)
    Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) - Tennesee
  • Dept. of Computer Science (2017)
    Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA
  • College of Information Studies (2017)
    University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • Dept. of Communication Studies (2017)
    Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • Dept. of Computer Science (2017)
    University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • School of Informatics and Computing (2017)
    Indiana University - Indianapolis, IN
  • Foley Scholars Brown Bag (2016)
    GVU Center at Georgia Tech - Atlanta, GA