Saiph Savage

I create computational models and platforms to mobilize crowds of volunteers. I design interactive tools that empower communities to coordinate volunteers to produce collective action and trigger real world change. My research involves the areas of: Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Crowdsourcing, and Data Visualizations.





Saiph Savage is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at West Virginia University, where she directs the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI @ WVU Lab). She is also a visiting professor at the the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and adjunct professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research in Social Computing and Crowdsourcing focuses on the design of systems that spark better coordination of volunteers and empower communities to reach more complex goals. Saiph has been recognized with the Conacyt-UC MEXUS Doctoral Fellowship, Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and is also currently a member of Microsoft's BizSpark, and director of the Anita Borg Community powered by Google. She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from UNAM as well as a masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Botivist: Calling Volunteers to Action Using Online Bots
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Tobias Hollerer
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Bring on Board New Enthusiasts! A Case Study of Impact of Wikipedia Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon Events on Newcomers
Rosta Farzan, Saiph Savage, Claudia Flores-Saviaga
SocInfo: 8th International Conference on Social Informatics 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Innovations in Autonomous Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Human-Agent Collaboration
Lia Emanuel, Joel Fischer, Wendy Ju, Saiph Savage
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





How To Think About Bots
Sam Woolley, danah boyd, Gilad Lotan, Gilad Rasner, Samantha Shorey, Alexis Lloyd, Luis Daniel Palacios, Saiph Savage, Meredith Broussard, Madeline Clare Elish, Lainna Fader, Tim Hwang
Vice Magazine.
[PDF]



LeadWise: Using Online Bots to Recruite and Guide Expert Volunteers
Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Saiph Savage, Dario Taraborelli
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





BotViz: Data Visualizations for Collaborations With Bots and Volunteers
Carlos Toxtli, Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Flor Aguilar, Alejandra Monroy, William Dai, Juan Pablo Flores, Nedda Amini, Jeerel Herrejon, Shloka Desai, Norma Elva Chavez, Saiph Savage
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Tag Me Maybe: Perceptions of Public Targeted Sharing on Facebook.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez,Kasturi Bhattacharjee, Tobias Hollerer.
Hypertext:26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Participatory Militias: An Analysis of an Armed Movement's Online Audience.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela
Michelle Forelle, Phil Howard, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Saiph Savage.
arXiv 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Daemo: a Self-Governed Crowdsourcing Marketplace
Stanford Research Collective, Saiph Savage, Michael Bernstein.
UIST: ACM Conference on User Interface Software and Technology 2015
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





Motivating Crowds to Volunteer Neighborhood Data
Nataly Moreno, Saiph Savage, Anamary Leal, Jessica Cornick,
Matthew Turk, Tobias Hollerer.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





Participatory Stoves: Designing Renewable Energy Technologies
for the Rural Sector

Walter Angel, Saiph Savage, Nataly Moreno.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015
[PDF] [PHOTOS] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





Visualizing Targeted Online Audiences.
Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Carlos Toxtli,
Grant McKenzie, Shloka Desai, Tobias Hollerer.
COOP: Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems 2014: Springer.
[PDF] [VIDEO] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





The "Courage For” Facebook Pages: Advocacy Citizen Journalism in the Wild.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez.
C+J:Computation+Journalism Symposium 2014. American Journalism Review.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX]





FiberKraft: An Interface for Designing Optical Fiber Networks
Julio Cruz, Hugo Estrada, Saiph Savage, Norma Elva Chavez.
ENC: Encuentro Nacional de Ciencias de la Computacion 2014.
[PDF] [VIDEO] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





I'm Feeling LoCo: A Location Based Context Aware Recommendation System.
Norma Saiph Savage, Maciej Baranski, Norma Elva Chavez, Tobias Hollerer.
LBS: International Symposium on Location-Based Services 2011. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer.
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [TALK]



Crowdsourcing Volunteers.

Shloka Desai, Luis Rodriguez, Saiph Savage,Norma Elva Chavez, Angus Forbes.
SoCal CWIC: Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2014. [PDF]





Utilizing Crowdsourced Databases for Social Media Question Asking

Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Rodrigo Savage,
Tobias Hollerer, Norma Elva Chavez.
CSCW: Workshop on Social Media Question Asking at ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2013.
[PDF]





Directed Social Queries with Transparent User Models

Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Rodrigo Savage, Tobias Hollerer, Norma Elva Chavez.
UIST: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2012.
[PDF] [VIDEO]





Visualizing and Verifying Directed Social Queries

Angus Forbes, Saiph Savage, Tobias Hollerer.
InfoVis: IEEE Workshop on Interactive Visual Text Analytics at IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 2012.
[PDF][VIDEO]





Search on the Cloud File System

Rodrigo Savage,Tania Nava, Norma Elva Chavez, Norma Saiph Savage.
PDCS: Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems Conference 2011.
[PDF]





Nintendo Wiimote for Arm and Wrist Therapy in Stroke Survivors with Upper Extremity Hemipariesis

Ron S. Leder, Gil Azcarate, Rodrigo Savage, Saiph Savage, L. Enrique Sucar, David Reinkensmeyer, Carlos Toxtli, Emilio Roth, Ariel Molina.
IEEE Virtual Rehabilitation 2008
[PDF][BIBTEX]



A Social Crowd-Controlled Orchestra

Saiph Savage, Norma Elva Chavez, Carlos Toxtli, Salvador Medina, David Alvarez, Tobias Hollerer.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2013.
[PDF]





Enchantment Under the Sea: An Intelligent Environment for User Friendly Music Mixing

Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage, Tania Nava, Saiph Savage.
IE: International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2012.
[PDF]



Never Alone:A Crowdbased Interactive Musical Interface.

Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage, Saiph Savage.
SoCal CWIC: Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2012.
[PDF]



Mmmmm:A multi-modal mobile music mixer

Norma Saiph Savage, Reza Ali, Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage.
NIME: Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2010.
[PDF] [BIBTEX]



Frequent trajectory mining on GPS data.

Norma Saiph Savage, Shoji Nishimura, Norma Elva Chavez, and Xifeng Yan.
LocWeb: ACM Workshop on Location and the Web, at the Internet of Things, 2010.



Right place at the right time: novel place recommendation system

Norma Elva Chávez, Saiph Savage, Rodrigo Savage.
IX Congreso Internacional sobre Innovación y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Cuernavaca, México del 23 al 25 de Noviembre del 2011





PATENTS

Socially and Contextually Appropriate Recommendation Systems

Saiph Savage, Lama Nachman, Saurav Sahay, Giuseppe Raffa.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed 2014.



Online Social Persona Management

Saiph Savage, Rita Wouhaybi, Lama Nachman, Saurav Sahay.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed, 2013





Traversing Data Using Data Relationships

Saiph Savage, Rita Wouhaybi.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed 2012, published 2014.
[PDF]









PRESS COVERAGE

Social Media Tackles Online Extremism.
Interview with BBC on my research of using online bots to iniciate activism with humans.
Activist Bots Recruit Humans to their Cause on Twitter.
Coverage on New Scientist of my research on Botivist .
Revolutionary Communists Will Use These Twitter Bots to Fight Corruption
Coverage on VICE of my research on Botivist .
Vigilante Groups Take Drug War Online.
Coverage of my research on Participatory Militias by Fusion.
Vigilante Groups Take Drug War Online.
Coverage of my research on Participatory Militias by Fusion.
How We Made A Large Latina Hackathon #FixIT @ UNAM
Coverage of my outreach activity on the TV Show #Retuit lead by Tech Expert Gabriela Tlaseca.
Hackathon Unites Women to Build Smart Houses
Coverage on Milenio of my outreach activity.
Engineering Technology with a Female Profile
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Latina Hackathon FixIT a great success
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Winners of the First Female Hackathon in Mexico @ UNAM.
Coverage of my outreach activity.
First Female Hackathon in Mexico @ UNAM.
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Study on the "Top Facebook Profile Influencers" on the Topics of Entrepeneurship and Technology.
Coverage of my FB research on Audiences & Entrepreneurship.
CiuData: Predicting with Data the Best Ways to Change a City.
Coverage of the project I presented for the Dataton organized by Mexico's Federal Government.
Meet The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Recipients!
A profile on me as a recipient of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship.
GradSlam Recap: Music, Poetry, and Yoga, Oh My!
A brief summary of my research on Understanding Online Audiences by GradPost.
UC MEXUS Symposium Offers Inspiration, Collaboration for 3 UCSB Grad Students
Profile on me as a recipient of the Conacyt-UCMexus Scholarship.
Facebook “Courage” Page versus the Knights Templar’s Cartel
Summary of research done in collaboration with Andres Monroy-Hernandez on people using social media to engage with their audience for collective action.

OUTREACH





I have organized one of the largest Latina Hackathons.
I strongly support undergraduate and cross-disciplinary research. I am always happy to work with students with a variety of backgrounds, and I enjoy exposing students to my field of research. I am actively mentoring and working with several undergraduate and graduate students. I am currently working with Major League Hacking and Google to organize hackathons that motivate girls to study Computer Science.

I have also helped organize and been a speaker to show computer science research done by the Four Eyes Lab to Junior High and High School students. I helped organize this presentation with Ben Nuernberger and Chris Hall. Slides

I was also a speaker along with Veronika Stradova to motivate teens to study computer science at Middle Schools in Goleta, CA. Slides

Assistant Professor
CS and EE Department
West Virginia University (WVU)

W3Schools

HCI @ WVU: http://humancomputerinteraction.wvu.edu/
Visiting Professor
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Adjunct Professor
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

saiph.savage@mail.wvu.edu
Twitter: @saiphcita
Blog: Personal Blog
(304)-2938-919


News
*The Washington Post covered our research on bots and Activism!
*Teaching Social Computing Design Studio at WVU!
*HCI at WVU gave talks at Build Peace conference in Zurich.
*The Deutsche Welle covered our research on political bots.
*Visiting Professor at CMU!
*Named director of the Anita Borg Community powered by Google, and invited to Google I/O to present research in crowdsourced outreach.
*I co-organized a workshop at International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD'16) on Social Innovation across Countries
*I co-organized a workshop at Ouishare Fest on creating collaborative economy tech for the developing world!
*I wrote an article on Vice Magazine with other researchers on How to Think About Bots
*Interviewed to participate and judge in the Bot Power List!
*Panel on Autonomous Agents at CSCW'16 with Stanford, University of Nottingham, University of Bath at CSCW'16.
*Organized trip to Sillicon Valley and Hackathon at Google with Anita Borg Community for Latinas in computing!
*Talk on Radio UNAM on our research on Crowdsourcing and Bots.
*Presented with our lab our research on online bots and Crowdsourcing at CSCW'16!
*Organized large scale Latina Hackathon Hack for Equality with Anita Borg Scholars and other communities of women in Tech
*MIT Tech Review covered our research on using online bots to turn humans into activists
*Interview with BBC to discuss our CSCW'16 research on using online bots to start activism with everyone!
*Formally collaborating with Wikimedia!!
*Senior Program Committee at IUI'16!
*Invited to be Program Committee at WWW'16!
*Invited to Data & Society Workshop to discuss everything about Bots with scientists from Microsoft Research, Beta Works, New York Times, New York Magazine, NYU and University of Washington!
*New Scientist covers our CSCW'16 research on using online bots to call people to arms!
*Vice features our Botivist Research!
*Our paper Botivist: Calling Volunteers to Action accepted to CSCW'16!
*Our Paper Perceptions of Public Targeted Sharing on Facebook accepted to ACM's Hypertext and Social Media Conference!
*News Coverage of our Research on Participatory Militia!.
*Organized one of the Largest Latina Hackathons with UNAM, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Google Anita Borg Scholars, Major League Hacking, SocialTIC


Our work is made possible through the generosity and participation of Leidos, Wikimedia Foundation, the Mexican Science Foundation (CONACYT,) UCMexus, Google, Peta, Microsoft.