My name is Alireza Karduni.

I am a researcher in Human Computer Interaction, Visualization, and Computational Social Science.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at Northwestern University's Departments of Computer Science and Psychology. I study how humans interact with information on social media from both social/urban and individual perspectives. I design tools to help humans make better decisions in a variety of uncertain situations.

My New Book! Social Media and the Contemporary City

With Eric Sauda and Ginette Wessel, I explore several cases of how social media has impacted our lives in cities using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Can't wait for you to read it! I also designed the cover for the book. I realy wanted to become a graphic designer when I was in highschool. Maybe all of this work was for me to justify doing some graphic design๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Maybe my next project should inolve film making because I also really wanted to become a movie director.

Doing Literature Reviews with Transformers and Visual Analytics

Check out our upcoming paper at IEEE Vis 2022 that helps with doing literature review and finding papers that are harder to find with conventional methods.

Understanding how users change their beliefs in light of new uncertain information

At IEEE VIS 2021: I presented our work on how people update their beliefs about correlations when shown new data with and without uncertainty.

Du Bois Wrapped Bar Charts

At CHI 2020:I presented my work uncovering and evaluating the amazing designs of W.E.B Du Bois. His charts, can help users understand categorical data with disproportionate values.

Studying the Effects of Cognitive Biases in Evaluation of Conversational Agents

Our Honerable Mention CHI2020 paper about how numerical anchors can significantly alter results of survey evaluations.

Visual Analytics for reasoning about misinformation sources

at the AAAI International Conference on Web and Social Media (1), and the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (2), I presented two related works on designing Visual Analytics Systems for decision-making about misinformation.

Visual Analytics, Social Media, and Urban Planning

Urban Activity Explorer, is a visual analytics system, designed in collaboration with urban planners, to study human social media activities in urban space.


Find my research on Google Scholar or Researchgate


Here is websites of a couple of my past students, describing courses I taught. They do a much better job at gathering and presenting stuff as I can๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.