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.