Michael J. Paul
Founding Assistant Professor
Department of Information Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Other affiliations:
Department of Computer Science
Institute of Cognitive Science
Environmental Design 201
315 UCB, 1060 18th Street
Boulder, CO 80309

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I am a founding faculty member in the new Information Science department in the College of Media, Communication, and Information at CU-Boulder (see: CU vs. UC). I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. I worked at Twitter and Microsoft Research in the summers of 2011 and 2013-2014. See my CV.

My research is at the intersection of text analysis and health/social science. On the methodological side, I research machine learning and natural language processing, and in particular I develop methods in topic modeling, which I use to discover patterns in large text datasets. On the applied side, I study social media to learn about human behavior, especially in the context of public health. I work in the areas of computational epidemiology and computational social science.


PhD Students

Master's Students

Undergraduate Students

Prospective Students

I can advise students in either Information Science or Computer Science. Prospective students should compare the degree requirements of the two programs and apply to the program that best matches their interests.

I do not currently have plans to advise additional PhD students.

Undergraduate and Master's students: I can sometimes supervise research projects, but it depends on my current availability and how many students are already working with me.

There are a number of faculty working in areas related to data science across CU. See this list maintained by Prof. Michael Mozer. More information about machine learning at CU can be found here.