University of Washington
1400 NE Campus Pkwy
Seattle, WA 98195
I’m Joe Bak-Coleman, a computational social scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public and the eScience Institute. I earned my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in 2020, working with Iain Couzin and Dan Rubenstein.
My research focuses on understanding how collectives make decisions in the face of uncertainty. I’m particularly interested in understanding what makes collective decision-making work and how it can go awry. Over the past decade, I’ve worked on collective decision-making in a range of contexts from animal groups and social media to metascience.
Stewardship of Global Collective Behavior
Communication technology radically reshapes our global social network. How do we ensure these changes will lead towards a sustainable, equitable and healthy world?
Wise and foolish crowds
When do groups outperform individuals in cognitive tasks? Combining experiments and theory, this line of research examine fundamental principles underlying collective wisdom across human and animal groups.
|Mar 1, 2022||New article out in Scientific American: A High-Speed Scientific Hive Mind Emerged from the COVID Pandemic|
|Nov 24, 2021||Op-ed published in The Conversation :The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data|
|Jul 14, 2021||“Stewardship of Global Collective Behavior” covered on Recode|
Stewardship of Global Collective BehaviorPNAS 2021
The wisdom of stalemates: consensus and clustering as filtering mechanisms for improving collective accuracyProceedings B 2020
Individual and collective encoding of risk in animal groupsPNAS 2019