Digital Tools and Uses - Congress
The first international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia: 1) Web Studies, 2) Challenges of IoT, 3) Recommender systems, 4) Archives and social networks, and 5) Digital Frontiers. The intention of this consortium is to approach a common object of study from different perspectives in order to enrich the discussion and collaboration between participants.
When: -
Where: Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
2, rue de la Liberté

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Alessandro Panconesi

Sapienza University of Rome

Speech Title

Songs of a Future Past: Some Experimental Studies of Online Persuaders


In order to help users navigate the bewildering cornucopia of online choices, websites nowadays make use of sophisticated user interfaces. These platforms deploy a vast array of ergonomic digital cues, from simple ones such as star ratings, download counts, and number of likes/dislikes, to the tailor-made suggestions given by complex recommender systems. A question looms large: to what extent can these signals sway user choices and alter the market in undesirable, perhaps even unfair ways?

There can be no simple answer to this question, which lies at the crossroads of computer science and the social sciences. In this talk I will describe some joint work that was done with Marzia Antenore, Giovanna Leone, and Erisa Terolli in an attempt to gain some understanding of these complex issues.


After graduating from Cornell (and a brief stint at Princeton), Alessandro Panconesi moved back to Europe. Before joining Sapienza as a full professor Alessandro Panconesi held research and teaching positions at CWI Amsterdam, Freie and Humboldt Universität in Berlin, BRICS (University of Åhrus), Ca Foscari University of Venice, and University of Bologna. Alessandro Panconesi has also had the privilege of being an academic guest for prolonged visits at :
Max Planck Institüt für Informatik,
KTH Stockholm,
ETH Zürich,
and Université Paris Diderot.

Awards :
ACM Danny Lewin Award, 1992
Google Focused Award
Google Faculty Research Award 2010, 2012
IBM Faculty Award 2009
Yahoo! Research Faculty Award 2007, 2009, 2010
Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship

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