Norath, Cho'gath and Shaolin Monks, Oh My: Data-Based Research in Online Worlds

When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

Where: UCSB, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


The Department of Communication and
The Center for Informational Technology and Society
At University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Dmitri Williams
“Norath, Cho'gath and Shaolin Monks, Oh My: Data-based Research in Online Worlds”

October 21, 2011 / 3:30p.m. / Free
1009 Social Science and Media Studies Building
University of California, Santa Barbara

The world of online video games and communities are of growing importance in an increasingly web-based society. Professor Williams will share his experiences running a large team of interdisciplinary researchers working with data from several online games and virtual worlds to see who populates these communities. In the Virtual World Exploratorium group, 20 students and faculty from communication and computer science mine, analyze and survey data from thousands of players across three online worlds. A student-based team combines survey and server-side log files to explore the player population of the popular online game League of Legends.

Dmitri Williams is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, where he co-directs the Virtual Communities Program. His research focuses on the social impacts of online games. Professor Williams was the first researcher to use online games for experiments, and he has since broadened his approach to include surveys, ethnographic interviews, and large-scale data approaches. He has served as an expert witness to the US Senate and in federal court cases. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, and in publications including the Economist, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and others.

For additional information or questions please visit or contact Melissa Bator, or 893-5910.

Phone: 805-893-5910

Event posted Oct. 21, 2011
Last updated Oct. 21, 2011


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