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

Aehong Min
PhD Candidate

Cassie Kresnye
PhD Student

Master’s Students

  • Biraj Ketan Parikh
  • Yash Kumar

Undergraduate Students

  • Alec Theisz
  • Megan Furness
  • Dara Groves
  • Mia Gallardo
  • Samantha Rasmussen
  • Christina Col√≥n
  • JeVante Qaiyim
  • Christian A. Villanueva