December, 2016


Aol PhD Fellows, Andreas Veit and Michael Wilber, traveled to Barcelona, Spain to present their paper at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2016). Their paper, “Residual Networks Behave Like Ensembles of Relatively Shallow Networks,” investigates residual networks, state-of-the-art models used for computer vision and machine learning. They discover that residual networks are easy to train because they can be expressed as a collection of many short paths. Residual networks avoid the vanishing gradient problem by introducing short paths which can carry gradient throughout the extent of very deep networks.

November, 2016


One important thread of the Cx Lab’s objective centers around measuring and modeling online user engagement and attention levels in novel ways.  Aol Team Members from New York and Boston met with members of the Connected eXperiences Lab:  Mor Naaman (Cx Faculty) , Yoav Artzi (Cornell Tech Faculty), and Max Grusky (Aol PhD Fellow) for an exploratory conversation on this topic hosted at AOL NY. The agenda included a current presentation on attention and user modeling, discussion of implications for AOL, and investigating new opportunities to work together, define new data collection and understand how to test effectiveness of the data and models.

September, 2016


The Connected eXperiences Lab hosted the Second Annual Fall Workshop. Participants from AOL, Cornell Tech, the Technion Institute of Technology, and Cornell University came together to engage in cross-platform thinking. The workshop opened with presentations on the lab’s current investigations, then went into breakout sessions and lightening research presentations and an interactive poster-session, as well as a keynote by Cornell Tech faculty, Ari Juels.

June, 2016


Cx Faculty member, Deborah Estrin, was awarded the 2017 IEEE Internet Award for her exceptional contributions to the advancement of internet technology. The Nokia sponsored award highlighted her “formative contributions and thought leadership in internet routing and in mobile sensing techniques and applications, from environmental monitoring to personal and community health.” Click here  for more information.

April, 2016


The Cx Lab members presented their paper on Immersive Recommendations research technology at the 25th World Wide Web Convention in Montreal. This technology translates personal digital trace from one platform into content recommendations on another platform.

February, 2016


PlateClick has launched a new application, designed and developed In the Connected eXperiences Lab. PlateClick builds your dietary profile by eliciting several rounds of food item comparisons, and then recommends healthy recipes that cater to your preferences.

February, 2016


AOL-supported Cx demos occurred at CSCW 2016 – GroupLink, a group recommendation system by AOL Fellow Longqi Yang and Andy Hsieh and MoveMeant, an app and visualization and strengthening community relationships presented by AOL Fellow Emily Sun and Cx Postdoc Ross McLachlan.

January, 2016


Cx Faculty member Anat Rafaeli presented ideas of Emotion in Innovating Service Channels, and is working with fellow Lab Faculty member, Roi Reichart on a research program to facilitate automatic coding of emotions.

December, 2015


Cx Faculty Serge Belongie and his students have been working on an algorithm called “SNaCK,” which combines expert-intuition with machine driven analysis to analyze large data-sets: to see what’s similar to what. The SNaCK algorithm source code is now available on GitHub.