Societal Computing Lab

Welcome to the SoCo Lab at Indiana University Bloomington! We are a group of researcher trying to make a difference in the world. We are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives we touch!


Our research focuses on applying theories, techniques, and research methods to address societal issues and create technologies that impact society.

  • Social support for marginalized and underserved populations
    • People living with HIV
    • People with Autism spectrum disorder
    • People with epilepsy
    • People with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Fostering care for animal and environmental conservation efforts
    • Animal-assisted therapy technologies
    • Wellness and enrichment technologies for animals in captive environments
    • Automated inference of animal behavior based on computer vision and sensor data
    • Using social media to support citizen science for understanding migratory patterns

Current Lab Members

Dr. Patrick C. Shih
Assistant Professor

Juan Fernando Maestre
PhD Candidate

Aehong Min
PhD Candidate

Cassie Kresnye
PhD Candidate

Master’s Students

  • Yash Kumar (DS)
  • Sumeet Sarode (DS)
  • Jashjeet Singh Madan (DS)
  • Rushabh Shah (DS)
  • Ishita Kumar (CS)
  • Manuja Sanjay Bandal (CS)
  • Sairaj Rajendra Gaonkar (CS)
  • Kaustubh Dattatraya Bhalerao (CS)
  • Suyash Santosh Poredi (CS)
  • Bhakti Sunil Narvekar (CS)
  • Sonia Ashok Kargutkar (CS)
  • Daksha Maruti Nagre (CS)
  • Sundara Pranamya Vaadlamani (CS)

Undergraduate Students

  • Alec Andrew Theisz (INFO)
  • Megan Furness (Biochemistry)
  • Dara Groves (Psychology)
  • Oliver Melbourne Allen (INFO)
  • Kenneth Harper (INFO)
  • Samantha Rasmussen (CS)
  • Mia Gallardo (Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Christina Col√≥n (INFO)
  • Cristian A. Villanueva (INFO)