Societal Computing Lab


Welcome to the SoCo Lab at Indiana University Bloomington! We are a group of researcher trying to make a difference in the world. We are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives we touch!


Our research focuses on applying theories, techniques, and research methods to address societal issues and create technologies that impact society.

  • Social support for marginalized and underserved populations
    • HIV-positive
    • Substance abuse
    • PTSD
    • Chronic Disease Management
    • Gender bias in video games
  • Fostering care for animal and environmental conservation efforts
    • Animal-assisted therapy
    • Automated inference of animal behaviors in captive environments
    • Using social media to support citizen science for understanding migratory patterns
    • Understanding how technology could facilitate adoption at animal shelter

Current Lab Members

Dr. Patrick C. Shih

Assistant Professor

Juan Fernando Maestre

Ph.D. Candidate

Aehong Min

Ph.D. Student

Gege Gao

Ph.D. Student

Cassie Kresnye

Ph.D. Student

Mike Szakaly

M.S. Student

Undergraduate Students

  • Annie Phelps, Undergraduate Student
  • Alexa Spasevski, Undergraduate Student
  • Alec Theisz, Undergraduate Student
  • Christina Col√≥n, Undergraduate Student
  • JeVante Qaiyim, Undergraduate Student