vivekVivek K. Singh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
School of Communication and Information,
Rutgers University.

Visiting Scholar

MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Phone: +1 848 932 7588

Office: CI-334, 4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901


I direct the Behavioral Informatics Lab at Rutgers University. Our lab looks at multiple problems at the intersection of Big Data Analytics, Computational Social Science, and Multimedia Information Systems. The research group focuses on using mobile phones, sensors, and social media for understanding and influencing human behavior. We develop new algorithms and design interfaces that support understanding human behavior while actively responding to issues like algorithmic bias and privacy concerns.

1) The Rutgers Well-being Study where detailed personal data about user behavior, social interactions, and mobility are being used to predict their health status, emotions, and well-being.

2) Detecting and preventing cyberbullying in online environments.

3) Privacy of personal data in online and physical environments, where we study the newer problems brought to fore by large-scale human data collection and ways to mitigate them.

4) Algorithmic Bias where we audit existing algorithms and design modifications to reduce bias.



Note to prospective PhD students: Please check out the details for the PhD admission process here. I always try to answer any student queries regarding graduate school admission and life as a PhD student.



Jan 2021: Please participate in the Rutgers Wellness Study.

Jan 2021: Join us for a research study on COVID-19 symptom track apps.

Jun 2020: Preliminary report on language biases in COVID-19 search autocomplete results released.

May 2020: Grateful to the NSF for two COVID-19 related research grants.

Apr 2020: Vivek Singh promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) effective July 1.

Feb 2020: A new paper published in JASIST. Media coverage: Yahoo Lifestyle, American Libraries Magazine, ACM Tech News, Hindustan Times, Daily Targum.

Nov 2019: Vivek Singh to serve as posters co-chair for CSCW 2020.

Oct 2019: Vivek Singh to participate in a panel on Ethics and the future of AI.

July 2019: Vivek Singh joins the editorial board of Multimedia Systems journal.

June 2019: Grateful for the NSF funding on reducing bias in information algorithms.

Oct/Nov 2018: Group members are excited to present work at ASIS&T AM (a,b,c) and ACM CSCW (a,b).

Sep 2018: Recent publications presented/accepted: CSCW 2018 ; IEEE Trans. Big Data; Online Information Review; J. Comp. Soc. Sci.

Mar 2018: Recent publications presented/accepted: CHI 2018; ACM UbiComp/IMWUT 2018; PLOSONE

Sep 2017: Recent publications presented/accepted: CHI 2017 (a,b); ICWSM 2017; ACM MM 2017; IEEE Trans. Intell. Syst. & Tech.CSCW 2018.

Sep 2016: Congratulations to the Behavioral Informatics Lab members on a very productive summer. Five conference publications accepted/presented (UbiComp’16 (a, b); ASONAM’16; SBP’16; and CSCW’17).

Mar 2016: Excited about the forthcoming book Situation Recognition Using EventShop (Authors: Vivek Singh and Ramesh Jain). Published by Springer, available: June 2016. Email me for a preview copy.

Mar 2016: Grateful to Google Research for funding our research project on Sensor-based understanding of information seeking behavior. Details.

May 2015: Intrigued to find the US Court of Appeals cite our recent Science paper in it’s judgement (page 9) on the NSA case.

Mar 2015: Grateful to National Science Foundation for funding our research project on cyberbullying detection. Daily Targum report.

Feb 2015: Our study on uniqueness of credit card spending data came out in Science magazine. Media coverage includes New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature News, Harvard Business Review , and The Telegraph.