Stefano Balietti

Stefano Balietti
Postdoc Researcher at Microsoft Research
Lab Alumnus

Currently, I am a postdoc researcher at Microsoft Research Computational Social Science. Previously, I was a postdoc at the Northeastern Network Science Institute and a fellow at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. My methodology of investigation brings together computer simulations and online behavioral experiments. I create virtual environments to study human behavior in large groups; I use bots to triggger specific conditions, and artificial intelligence to determine optimal experimental designs (Bayesian methods and advanced machine learning).

My research interests encompass:

  • incentives schemes for collective intelligence, in particular peer reveiw systems;
  • optimal experimental designs, Bayesian optimization with Gaussian processes;
  • inequality, perception thereof and its consequences;
  • noise, efficiency and equality in coordination and public-good games;
  • consensus formation and social influence;
  • philosophy of science, in particular Paul Feyerabend's body of work.

I am also an active open source developer. I created a JavaScript platform for conducting real-time online group behavior experiments called nodeGame (http://nodegame.org).

Award: "Best Lightning Talk" award at SocInfo 2016 (see link below)

http://usa2016.socinfo.eu/

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Current Lab Members

Director

David Lazer
Director

Project Manager

Janette Briceno
Project Manager

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Jason Radford
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Briony Swire Thompson
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

PhD Student

Stefan McCabe
PhD Student
Ronald Robertson
PhD Student
Sarah Shugars
PhD Student

Lab Alumnus

Navid Dianati
Lab Alumnus
Samuel Fraiberger
Lab Alumnus
Ryan P. Kennedy
Lab Alumnus
Katherine Ognyanova
Lab Alumnus
Rezvan Sherkati
Lab Alumnus
Stefan Wojcik
Lab Alumnus