My name is Jeff Rzeszotarski (rez-oh-tar’-ski, ɹ̠ˤʷɛzoʊtɑɹ’skiː), and I am a fifth year PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My research melds computer science, social psychology, and cognitive science in order to improve the ways people generate content online. I am advised by Niki Kittur and have broad interests in crowdsourcing, visualization, and social computing. I recently received a Carnegie Mellon Student Innovation fellowship, am a Microsoft Research PhD Fellow, and my work has garnered awards at several academic conferences.
Before I arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, I was an undergraduate student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I majored in Computer Science and worked with David Musicant and Amy Csizmar-Dalal on several projects. While pursuing computer science studies I fostered a continuing interest in East Asian art history, writing systems, culture, and religion thanks to wonderful professors like Katie Ryor and Asuka Sango.
In my spare time I am an avid reader of science fiction, especially hard sf and novels that have quality worldbuilding. I also collect animation cels and ukiyo-e woodblock prints. I enjoy baking bread, an art I learned from my father, and lately I have been learning to cook Sichuan, Indian, and Japanese food. I make, print, and sell 3D models in plastic and metal through my Shapeways store, often while listening to game music, and take lots of pictures which I store in my 500px, Picasa, and Flickr accounts.
I recently spun off a research project, Kinetica, into a local Pittsburgh startup called DataSquid with the help of CMU Project Olympus and the AlphaLab Accelerator. Find out more at our website or check out a research demo.
You can find a recent copy of my CV here and my LinkedIn page here.
Contact me at jeff [dot] rzeszotarski [@t] gmail.com or through social media.