Announcement: UC Irvine to lead social computing research center

University of California – UC Newsroom | Campus to lead social computing research center.

IRVINE — UC Irvine will anchor a new $12.5 million, Intel-funded research center that applies social science and humanities to the design and analysis of digital information.

“Technology is profoundly entangled with our everyday lives. As researchers, we can’t get a handle on what’s going on by looking at technical factors alone. We have to study them in concert with human, social and cultural aspects,” said UCI informatics professor Paul Dourish.

He and Scott Mainwaring of Intel Labs will co-lead the center, dubbed the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, along with UCI anthropology and law professor Bill Maurer.