Sameer Srivastava, Professor

Open (1) Language, Space, and Culture: Understanding the Dynamics of Space on Behavior

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

How do we create space for inclusive culture? What are the features of context that matter for behavior? What role does context play in facilitating behavioral norms? Does what location an individual occupies matter to how well they fit in to the group? Bringing together new computational methods for studying culture with computer aided space design, we investigate the effect of the physical environment on social interaction. Communication is one such interaction, and we analyze email archives to measure how behavioral norms aggregate into group culture and subcultures. We merge natural language data with architectural drawings and sensor data about individual location within space during specific periods to study the effect of space on culture.


Tasks will include: Preparing research materials, data entry, coding and analyzing data, and presenting results.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Kirsten Schowalter, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We are looking for 1-2 highly motivated and conscientious students who are eager to learn about behavior and cultural norms. It is important the student be organized, punctual, and give meticulous attention to detail. Please highlight any experience with R, Python, or Excel in your application.

The main supervisor will be Kirsten Schowalter, and students will have the opportunity to meet with Professor Srivastava at regular checkpoints during the course of the project.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: There may be opportunity for a couple hours of off site work at a collaborating organization. To be discussed as needed.

Related website: http://www.comp-culture.org/