My research uses experiments, simulations, and big data analysis to ask why, how, and when groups can be more than the sum of their parts. I tackle this question through two broad streams of research: one focused on behavioral decision making and group dynamics, and the other on how information technologies enable new methods of group decision making and problem solving. My research in behavioral decision making and group dynamics has been published in Judgment and Decision Making and Social Psychological and Personality Science; covered in outlets like Forbes, The Hill, and NPR; and presented at top conferences in social psychology, political science, and economics.
My dissertation focuses on the second research stream, exploring topics in crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, and the future of work. For example, one paper considers how to best combine human and artificial intelligence to improve medical diagnostics. Rather than seeing artificial intelligence as a competitor to human decision making, my research shows how the right organizational framework can effectively extract value from both human and artificial intelligence. This research has been or will be presented at outlets like the Academy of Management Conference, INFORMS, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium at Stanford University where I won Best Presentation Award. Several papers in this stream of research are currently under review and are available upon request.
Most recently, to further this research program I have created a mobile platform, DiagnosUs, to run decision making experiments with medical students and professionals in collaboration with leading healthcare, decision making, and artificial intelligence researchers. Since launching the application in July, a growing community of over 500 users has analyzed over 300,000 medical cases.
In the future I plan to continue this line of research, and also begin to tie the two streams of work together by examining how new IT-enabled organizational designs impact human behavior and group dynamics. In other words, if my behavioral decision making and group dynamics research broadly asks who we are and my research on new forms of group decision making and problem solving asks where we are going, in the future I intend to focus more on the question of who we have become.