Kristen M. Vaccaro
Asst Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Machine learning, social media
Vaccaro focuses on how to design machine learning systems to give users a sense of agency and control. She found that some existing ways of providing control for social media can function as placebos, increasing user satisfaction even when they do not work. She will help develop systems to give users control and oversight, and ethical guidelines and policies.
Before joining UC San Diego, Vaccaro earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign