About Me

I’m from the small state of Rhode Island, where I spent my early days and learned an appreciation for colonial history and the sea, among other things. I studied first at Brown University for my undergraduate work (in Computer Engineering) and then at the Georgia Institute of Technology for my graduate work (in Computer Science).

I’ve traveled a fair bit, and lived abroad in Germany, Austria, England, and Norway. I have been known to study languages like Norwegian, German, and Spanish, while dabbling in French, Greek, and Arabic. I enjoy clever culture, small-form theater, and practicing my salsa dancing when time allows.

Here’s a recent bio that I’ve been using for appearances: Nicholas Diakopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park College of Journalism with courtesy appointments in the College of Information Studies and Department of Computer Science. He is Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at UMD, a Tow Fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism, and Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. His research is in computational and data journalism with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability, narrative data visualization, and social computing in the news. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he co-founded the program in Computational Journalism. Before UMD he worked as a researcher at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and CUNY studying the intersections of computing, information science, and journalism. Nick can be contacted via email at nad@umd.edu, and is online at @ndiakopoulos and http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com