Michael Brooks


I am a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am advised by Cecilia Aragon and am a member of the Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Lab.

I grew up in Pittsboro, NC, and studied Math and Computer Science at Oberlin College.

Research Interests

I am interested in new and better ways to help people to understand data through a combination of human intelligence and computation. I design and build new visualization and machine learning tools for analyzing text-based data, like chat logs and tweets. Some of my recent work involves collaborative visual analysis of tweets, techniques for thinking of machine learning features, and machine learning tools for detecting emotions in chat messages. More about my research