Henry Kudzanai Dambanemuya

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Technology and Social Behaviour
McCormick School of Engineering &
School of Communication
Frances Searle Building 1-147
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois 60208-3545
Phone: (847)467-7933
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I’m a Data Scientist and PhD Candidate in Technology and Social Behaviour, a joint program in computer science and communication at Northwestern University. I work with Professor Ágnes Horvát in the Laboratory on Innovation, Networks, and Knowledge (LINK) where we strive to understand and predict group behavior in networks and socio-technical systems. My research, at the intersection of machine learning and complex networks analysis, examines how people’s social networks and their opinion diversity impact their judgments in collaborative settings. The goal of my research is to devise innovative ways to support reliable collective decision-making in complex settings by identifying novel and robust collective intelligence signals and by systematically investigating the primary conditions necessary to generate crowd wisdom. As a problem-solving approach, I apply collective intelligence concepts to solve high-stakes problems, for instance, to generate more informed and inclusive decisions in group settings, improve access to capital for groups underserved by traditional financial institutions, and to help design better strategies for implementing peace agreements after civil wars.

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