I am an Assistant Professor in social computing at University of Maryland, College Park's iSchool. My research focuses on improving collaboration in peer-production communities, such as Wikipedia or Stack Overflow. I work on a variety of questions, including how to enhance computer-mediated communication to make group conversations more efficient and how to design peer-production systems to support distributed problem solving at an unprecedented scale. Through naturalistic observation, field experiments, and surveys I examine social motivations, interactions and communication. Prior to a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute, I received my PhD in social and personality psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae

You might be wondering about my name, here is an explanation. My first name is pronounced eye-la and my last name is pronounced tau-sick.

Current Projects

Open Data Analysis

Have you analyzed open government data as a group or individually (e.g. transit data, campaign finance data)? We are currently recruiting participants to complete a short study (Follow this link to take the survey). We want to understand how people are using open data, whether they are working with others to understand the data, and what technologies they are using to work with others.

Crowd Problem Solving

We have been examining collaboration, motivations to contribute, and expertise in the online community MathOverflow. MathOverflow is a specialized question and answer site like Stack Overflow or Yahoo! Answers for academic mathematicians. It provides the opportunity to look at scientific collaboration and crowdsourcing difficult problems. (See Tausczik, Kittur, & Kraut, 2014; Tausczik, 2016; Tausczik & Pennebaker, 2011; Tausczik & Pennebaker, 2012)

Enhancing Group Communication

Small groups rarely work together optimally. We developed a real-time language feedback system. It monitors communication patterns among students in discussion groups and provides real-time instructions to shape the way the group works together. (See Tausczik & Pennebaker, 2013; Video)


INST 627 Data Analytics For Information Professionals (Current)

INST 304 Statistics for Information Science (Fall 2016)

INST 741 Social Computing Technologies & Applications (Spring 2017)

Selected Publications

Tausczik, Y. R., Chung, C. K., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2013). Tracking secret-keeping in emails. Proceedings of International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), To appear. PDFSlides
Tausczik, Y. R. (2016). Citation and Attribution in Open Science: A Case Study. Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 1524-1534 . PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., Kittur, A., & Kraut, R. E. (2014). Collaborative problem solving: A study of MathOverflow. Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 355-367. PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., Dabbish, L., & Kraut, R. E. (2014). Attachment to work groups increases loyalty in an online work environment: Exploring bond- versus identity-based pathways to attachment formation. Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 146-157. PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2013). Improving teamwork using real-time language feedback. Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 459-468. PDF   Video
Tausczik, Y. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2012). Participation in an online mathematics community: Differentiating motivations to add. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 207-216. PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., Faase, K., Pennebaker, J. W., & Petrie, K. J. (2012). Public anxiety and information seeking following H1N1 outbreak: Weblogs, newspaper articles and Wikipedia visits. Health Communication, 197-185 PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2011). Predicting the perceived quality of online mathematics contributions from users' reputations. Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 1885-1888. PDF
Tausczik, Y. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2010). The psychological meaning of words: LIWC and computerized text analysis methods. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 24-54. PDF
Scholand, A. J., Tausczik, Y. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2010). Social language network analysis. Proceedings of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 23-26. PDF

About my name

You might be wondering about the origin of either my first or last name. My last name is Hungarian although it often appears in different incarnations with different spellings. My first name is from the genus of the tree frog native to my hometown, Davis, California, the Pacific Tree Frog, Hyla regilla (minus the first letter!). Since I was born the tree frog has been reclassified into a different genus. It is now called Pseudacris regilla.

Yla is essentially the name Ayla, a common Turkish name, that gained popularity in the US (397th most common female name) in two surges around 1986 and 2005. See Wolfram Alpha. It is likely that the two increases were due to the release of The Clan of the Cave Bear movie in 1986 starring the protagonist Ayla and the appearance of Ayla Brown on American Idol in 2005 (who was born during the first surge in 1988).