Hi! I'm Harmanpreet Kaur.

I'm a first year PhD student at University of Michigan School of Information. I'm advised by Dr. Cliff Lampe and Dr. Walter Lasecki, and am a member of the Social Media Research Lab and the CRO+MA (Crowds+Machines) lab.
My research interests include studying how people use tool ecosystems for information seeking and communicating online.


July 2017: Our paper CrowdMask: Using Crowds to Preserve Privacy in Crowd-Powered Systems via Progressive Filtering was accepted to HCOMP 2017!

May 2017: In Seattle/Redmond for the summer, working with Dr. Jaime Teevan and Dr. Shamsi Iqbal at Microsoft Research!

May 2017: Attending CHI 2017 (May 6-May 11) in Denver, Colorado

Feb 2017: Attending CSCW 2017 (Feb 25-Mar 2) in Portland, Oregon

Jan 2017: Selected to participate in CRA-W's Grad Cohort Workshop (April 7-8) in Washington D.C.

Sep 2016: Started as a PhD student at University of Michigan School of Information

May 2016: Graduated with a BS in Computer Science from University of Minnesota


My research interests lie in the intersection of Social Computing and Crowdsourcing. Specifically, I want to study tool ecosystems (i.e., multiple tools available for the same overarching purpose) used for communication and information seeking behaviors by these two distinct communities. Knowledge of such usage behavior, once tested for generalizability in both large-scaled social media communities and smaller-scaled crowdsourcing communities, can guide the design of future tools and technologies that would benefit any general ecosystem.
My long term goal is to build a tool that can predict whether an online community will be successful or not based on an input of affordances that the designers want it to provide.



Conference Papers

  1. H. Kaur, M. Gordon, Y. Yang, J. Bigham, E. Kamar, W. Lasecki (2017, October). CrowdMask: Using Crowds to Preserve Privacy in Crowd-Powered Systems via Progressive Filtering. In Proceedings of the 5th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2017).
  2. F. M. Harper, F. Xu, H. Kaur, K. Condiff, S. Chang, L. Terveen (2015, September). Putting users in control of their recommendations. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2015).


  1. H. Kaur, H. Miller, L. Terveen: Building Feeds Without Friends. University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium (2016). Minneapolis, MN


Email: harmank [at] umich [dot] edu

Address: 4413 North Quadrangle
105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109