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I'm an assistant professor of Information Science and an affiliate member of Computer Science at Rutgers University. My research interests include studies of interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially those involving social and collaborative aspects. I study social media as a kind of signal that can help us understand and impact human behaviors. Much of my work falls at the intersections of information seeking and social media. I am also interested in various theoretical and practical aspects of information as a dynamic construct.

I received my PhD in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill. I hold an MTech, Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Madras, India and an MS, Computer Science from UMass Amherst. I have published and talked extensively on topics related to social and collaborative information seeking, including a book published by Springer. My detailed Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

At Rutgers, I run a research group on Information Seeking and Behavior, as well as special interest groups on Collaborative Information Seeking and Social Information Seeking. I also belong to Social Media group. If you are interested in working with me, please check out these research groups/labs before contacting me. See a list of my current and past students. Currently funded projects: Whole-session Interactive Information Retrieval (NSF), Collaborative Information Seeking (IMLS), Social Media and Crowdsourcing (NSF), Cyber Synergy (IMLS), Search Intents (Google), Novel Search+Browse Systems (Yahoo!), Big Data and Social Media (Amazon).

I'm a competitive ballroom dancer and teacher, and an avid traveler. My wife Lori, our daughters Sophie, Zoe, Sarah, and I live in Somerset, NJ with our dog, a guinea pig, and a fish!

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