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Reid Priedhorsky

CNLS Postdoctoral Research Associate

Social computing, mass collaboration, and human-computer interaction

Reid Priedhorsky

Office: TA-3, Bldg 1690, Room 138
Mail Stop: B258
Phone: (505) 665-7816
Fax: (505) 665-2659
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Research highlight
  • I co-founded Cyclopath, a web map serving the bicycling community of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. This research system is a “geowiki”: any user can edit both the base map as well as points of interest and other annotations, and changes are live immediately (i.e., they are peer-reviewed after publication, not before).
  • When I left in fall 2010, Cyclopath had over 2,000 registered users and the map had been revised over 12,000 times. Our team had grown to 5 graduate students, one undergraduate, and one software engineer. We had produced 6 peer-reviewed research papers and the annual budget (largely NSF funding) was approximately $285,000.
  • I am a member of ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGCSE. I have served as Social Media Chair for WikiSym 2011, as Publicity Co-Chair for CSCW 2013, and on program committees for WikiSym 2011 and CHI 2011 Works-In-Progress.
 Educational Background/Employment:
  • B.A. (2001), Computer Science, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
  • Ph.D. (2010), Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Research Interests:

    As a researcher in computer science focusing on human-centered computing, I work to empower communities to make better decisions in pursuit of a sustainable, secure, and just global future. I do this by exploring the tools and algorithms which facilitate human communication, collaboration, and shared creation of knowledge, with a current focus on the use of such tools and algorithms to answer quantitative questions about the real world.

Selected Recent Publications:

  1. Reid Priedhorsky, Jilin Chen, Shyong (Tony) K. Lam, Katherine Panciera, Loren Terveen, John Riedl. Creating, Destroying, and Restoring Value in Wikipedia. In Proc. GROUP 2007.
  2. Reid Priedhorsky and Loren Terveen. The Computational Geowiki: What, Why, and How. In Proc. CSCW 2008. (Honorable Mention in conference Best Paper awards.)
  3. Reid Priedhorsky, Mikhil Masli, and Loren Terveen. Eliciting and Focusing Geographic Volunteer Work. In Proc. CSCW 2010.
  4. Katherine Panciera, Reid Priedhorsky, Tom Erickson, and Loren Terveen. Lurking? Cyclopaths? A Quantitative Lifecycle Analysis of User Behavior in a Geowiki. In Proc. CHI 2010.
  5. Reid Priedhorsky and Loren Terveen. Wiki Grows Up: Arbitrary Data Models, Access Control, and Beyond. In Proc. WikiSym 2011.
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