Josh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Dr. Introne holds masters and Ph.D degrees from the Computer Science Department at Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he also worked as a scientist at Charles River Analytics to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. Before coming to MI, Josh was scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, where he served as Chief Architect for the MIT Climate CoLab, a platform designed to crowdsource solutions to climate change. Josh is passionate about trying to make the world a better place by leveraging our collective intelligence, and eager to collaborate with students and other researchers who share this interest.
Key Research Interest
Josh studies collective intelligence in new media. He focuses on research questions such as: How can we build systems that improve creativity of an online community? Do social media platforms improve or impair cultural learning? What sorts of interfaces can help large groups make good decisions? Josh’s work draws from many fields, including human-computer interaction, system dynamics, network science, and psychology. He is interested both in analyzing online activity and building socio-computational platforms.
What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I study & build platforms for collective intelligence. I am a computer scientist who loves people. The research I do is more fun than a person should be allowed to have.
Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Humans have the capacity to be collectively stupid or collectively brilliant, and we can build mediating technology to help us achieve either.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Mostly thrilled to be here.