Stephanie Tong is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In her work, she examines how popular social media systems impact human communication across the relational lifecycle—from initiation, maintenance, to dissolution and termination. Dr. Tong is currently exploring how artificial intelligence algorithms embedded in online and mobile dating apps influence the decisions people make about whom to date. During her stay at CITS, she will be investigating how AI influences people’s choices regarding their personal health.
Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in a variety of top outlets including, New Media & Society, Psychology & Health, Personal Relationships, Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When she’s not in the lab or the classroom, you’ll find her in the great outdoors running, hiking, or rock climbing with her husband and their two rescue dogs— “chugs” (Chihuahua-Pugs) named JB and Panzer.
Matthew Turk is a Professor and Department Chair in the Computer Science Department and former chair of the Media Arts and Technology Program. Dr. Turk's research is primarily in computer vision and human-computer interaction. He co-directs the Four Eyes Lab, which focuses on the "four I's" of imaging, interaction, and innovative interfaces. He is on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems and the Journal of Image and Vision Computing, and he is on advisory boards of several international conferences. He has received several paper awards and is an IEEE Fellow, an IAPR Fellow, and the recipient of the 2011-2012 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies.
Cristina Venegas is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies. Dr. Venegas focuses her research on international media with an emphasis on Latin America, Spanish-language film and television in the U.S., and digital technologies. She has written about film and political culture, revolutionary imagination in the Americas, telenovelas, contemporary Latin American cinema, co-productions and a monograph dealing with cyberculture in Cuba.
William Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His involvement with CITS stems from his research interests in computational social science and the study of the dissemination of misinformation. He has broad interests in machine learning approaches to data science, including statistical relational learning, information extraction, computational social science, speech, and vision. William has over 40 papers in leading conferences and journals, with numerous best paper awards. An alumnus of Columbia University, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has also garnered an IBM Faculty Award, and the Richard King Mellon Presidential Fellowship in 2011. He has also worked for Yahoo! Labs, Microsoft Research Redmond, and University of Southern California. In addition to research, William enjoys writing scientific articles that impact the broader online community: His microblog has more than 2,000,000 views each month, and his opinions have appeared in major outlets such as Wired, VICE, Fast Company, and Mental Floss.
William Warner is a Professor in the English Department. Dr. Warner’s central interests include Eighteenth century British and American literature and cultural studies, the novel, literary and cultural theory, media studies, and law and literature (free speech and censorship). He is currently at work on the Transcriptions Project, and a project on enlightenment and contemporary IT culture.
René Weber is Professor in the Department of Communication and lead researcher at UCSB’s Media Neuroscience Lab. His recent research focuses on cognitive responses to mass communication and new technology media messages, including video games. He develops and applies both traditional social scientific and neuroscientific methodology (fMRI) to test media related theories. His research has been published in major communication and neuroscience journals and in three authored books. He is an Executive Council member of UCSB’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, one of five neuromarketing experts accredited by the Advertising Research Foundation, and past Chair of the International Communication Association's Mass Communication Division.
John Woolley is a Professor of Political Science. Dr. Woolley's current research focuses on change over time in the presidency and presidential use of unilateral action. Together with Gerhard Peters, Woolley has developed an extensive web-based resource on the American presidency (www.presidency.ucsb.edu), which is widely used by scholars and others interested in the presidency and American political history.
Bob York serves as Professor and Vice Chair of the Technology Management Program and is also Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara . Prof. York received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1991, with a research focus on high-speed and wireless electronic devices and antennas. He has over 240 technical publications and holds 17 US Patents. He received Young Investigator Awards from the Army Research Office (1993) and Office of Naval Research (1996) for his work in high-power amplifiers and antenna arrays, and received the Outstanding Young Engineer award in 2004 from the MTT Society of the Institue for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2009, and also has been voted Outstanding Faculty member several times by the graduating senior class at UCSB. Prof. York has been active in technology transfer and commercialization. He co-founded AgileRF Inc. in Goleta, CA, and served as CTO from 1999-2010, and has another UC invention in production at Wavestream Inc. in San Dimas which ranked among the Top-25 Inventions in the University of California in 2012. In his capacity as Chair of TMP, Prof. York oversees all the curricular and outreach activities in the program including undergraduate and graduate coursework in business and entrepreneurship, an annual New Venture Competition, a quarterly lecture series that brings in guest speakers from around the country. Prof. York led the campus effort to create a new Professional Masters degree program in Technology Management, due to launch in Fall 2015.