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Michael D. Ekstrand, Ph.D

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Drexel University, where I study AI-powered information access systems (recommender systems, search engines, etc.). My particular goal is to make sure these systems promote an equitable, inclusive, and well-informed society. Previously, I co-led the People and Information Research Team (PIReT) at Boise State University and earned my Ph.D at the University of Minnesota.


Dec 152 papers in IR for Good

We have 2 papers accepted to the IR for Good track at ECIR 2024. One led by Amifa Raj on fair grid layouts and another with Sole Pera, Henriette Cramer, and Lex Beattie on consumer-side impacts.

Dec 14Short paper in ECIR 2024

My student Ngozi Ihemelandu's paper on multiple comparison corrections for recommender system evaluation has been accepted as a short paper for ECIR 2024.

Nov 21RAI Impact Statements

Alexandra Olteanu, Carlos Castillo, Jina Suh, and I argue in a new preprint and blog post that RAI research needs impact statements.

Oct 30Recruiting Ph.D students

I am recruiting for 2 Ph.D positions in Information Science for Fall 2024. See prospective students for more details.

Oct 17Paper at WI-IAT

Ngozi Ihemelandu and I have a paper at WI-IAT this month on candidate sampling for recommender evaluation.