Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's center for disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

IDeaS Center Directors

Kathleen Carley

Dr. Kathleen M. Carley

Professor, Institute for Software Research

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Kathleen M. Carley is a professor in the School of Computer Science in the department - Institute for Software Research - at Carnegie Mellon University. She also has courtesy appointments at Engineering and Public Policy , Heinz School, Electrical and Computer Engineering and GSIA.

She has an H.D. from the University of Zurich in Business, Economics and Informatics; a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology; and two S.B.’s from Massachusetts Institute of Technology – one in Political Science and one in  Economics.

She is the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS), a university wide interdisciplinary center that brings together network analysis, computer science, and organization science (www.casos.cs.cmu.edu) and the director of the Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity (IDeaS). 

Kathleen M. Carley's research combines cognitive science, social networks and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. Her specific research areas are dynamic network analysis, computational social and organization theory, information and disinformation diffusion, adaptation and evolution, text mining, and the impact of telecommunication technologies and policy on communication, disease contagion and response within and among groups particularly in disaster or crisis situations. She and her lab have developed infrastructure tools for analyzing large scale dynamic networks, social media analytics tools and various agent-based simulation systems. These tools include: ORA, a graphical and statistical toolkit for analyzing and visualizing social networks, semantic networks and any high dimensional networks. AutoMap, a text-mining system for extracting semantic networks from texts and then cross-classifying them using an organizational ontology into the underlying social, knowledge, resource and task networks. BioWar a city-scale dynamic-network agent-based model for understanding the spread of disease and illness due to natural epidemics, chemical spills, and weaponized biological attacks. OrgAhead an agent-based model of organizational performance.  And Construct, an agent-based model of information spread and belief formation. 

She is the founding co-editor of the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory which she now co-edits with Dr. Terrill Frantz. She has co-edited several books in the computational organizations and dynamic network area.  She has also served on numerous panels for the National Academy of Science.

David Danks

Dr. David Danks

Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor, Philosophy

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

David Danks is L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the Chief Ethicist of CMU’s Block Center for Technology & Society; co-director of CMU’s Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity (IDeaS); and an adjunct member of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute. His research interests are at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, using ideas, methods, and frameworks from each to advance our understanding of complex, interdisciplinary problems. Danks has examined the ethical, psychological, and policy issues around AI and robotics in transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security. He has also done significant research in computational cognitive science, culminating in his Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models (2014, The MIT Press). And he has developed multiple novel causal discovery algorithms for complex types of observational and experimental data. Danks is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, as well as an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He received an A.B. in Philosophy from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego.

Mark Kamlet

Mark S Kamlet

University Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Provost Emeritus, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Social and Decision Sciences

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Mark S. Kamlet is University Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon, with joint appointments in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He currently is Interim Director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

Mark Kamlet joined Carnegie Mellon as a faculty member in 1976. From 1990 to 1993 he served as department head of Social and Decision Sciences.  From 1993 to 2000 he served as dean of the Heinz College (School of Information Systems; School of Public Policy and Management). From 2000 to 2014, Kamlet served as provost (chief academic officer) and executive vice president.