The Social Dynamics and Well-Being (SocWeB) Lab at Georgia Tech is led by Dr. Munmun De Choudhury.
As social media technologies are adopted more pervasively, the line between our online and offline lives is disappearing slowly but steadily. Content shared on these platforms often revolves around day-to-day happenings and experiences in our personal lives, and in our social environments. As such, social media provides a means to capture attributes relevant to our thinking, mood, communication, activities, socialization, and psychological states.
The SocWeB Lab’s mission is to develop novel computational techniques, and technologies powered by these techniques, to responsibly and ethically employ social media in quantifying, understanding, and improving our mental health and well-being.
Towards this goal, the SocWeB Lab adopts a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, that balances methodological contributions with practical impact. We combine the power of social computing, machine learning, and natural language analysis with insights and theories from the social, behavioral, and clinical science fields, such as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, medicine, and public health. We evaluate the developed computational techniques using diverse, quantitative and qualitative human-centered methods, deriving conclusions grounded in human behavior and embodying the human experience with technology.
Please refer to the Projects page for details about our ongoing work, and the Publications page to learn more about our research efforts over the years. The SocWeB Lab is very fortunate and proud to have had its research been identified through several awards and through numerous popular press coverages in esteemed media outlets.
The SocWeB Lab’s research is made possible through gracious funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Foundation, Facebook, Mozilla, Yahoo!, and Samsung – highlighting interest from varied sponsors and stakeholders.