2016

Here it goes!

  • Started my new position at Boise State University.

  • Wrapped things up at Texas State and successfully passed four M.S. students.

  • Submitted papers from three of those students' theses, and a poster from some of the fourth student's non-thesis work. The poster and one paper were rejected (the paper with very helpful reviews), the other papers are currently under review.

  • Reviewed a large pile of papers for various venues.

  • Saw the Grapht paper finally go to press. That was a very satisfying piece of work, and Journal of Object Technology was a great publication to work with.

  • Founded the People and Information Research Team (PIReT) with Sole Pera. We currently have the two of us and 4 graduate students; we're looking for new M.S. and Ph.D students for next fall, so apply if you're interested.

  • Wrote and presented a position paper for ACM RecSys 2016 with Martijn Willemsen, who I've worked with for a number of years now.

  • Co-authored a paper with Jennifer for the first time. That worked really well, and she presented it at the RecSys '16 Workshop on Recommender Systems for Engendering Health.

  • Submitted a proposal to the Google Faculty Research Award program.

  • Attended FAT ML and DAT and started to make connections in those communities. I am hoping for fairness to be a significant component of my research over the next few years.

  • Gave my first on-the-road research seminar that wasn't a job talk at the University at Albany.

  • Launched a new writing collaboration that will hopefully produce a nice paper (or two?) next semester.

  • Took on an exciting major service responsibility that I'm sure you'll hear more about next year.

  • Taught databases as a ‘normal’ class instead of once-a-week over ITV. I like this class, and it was useful to have something I've taught before as my first Boise State class to have some familiarity as I come to understand a new student body. I'm somewhat disappointed in how it went, as I know that I can deliver much better classroom experiences than the students got, but we move forward and learn.

  • Proposed a new Introduction to Data Science graduate class I hope to offer in Fall 2017.

  • Rebuilt the Recommmender Systems MOOC with Joe Konstan as a Coursera specialization, about 40% of which is currently available.

  • Added code to automatically include citation counts in my CV.

  • Made substantial progress on LensKit 3.

  • Bought a house.

  • Started building social connections and a support network outside the university. For us this primarily means finding a church community, but we have also made first steps towards connecting with local refugee support work.

There's also been some pretty hard life stuff this year (especially this fall), but we're alive and kicking.

Next year, there are a number of things already in the pipeline, but I'm hoping to get some life maintenance/balance things sorted out (like healthier eating) and improve my focus on work that I believe will matter in the long term.