inclusive Education

B. Saldias*, N. Gillani*, S. Priscilla-Makini*, M. Hughes*, D. Roy. Designing conversational technology to support school counseling-related activities. Working paper.

N. Gillani, R. Eynon. Understanding and improving social factors in education: a computational social science approach. Working paper.

N. Gillani, R. Eynon, C. Chiabaut, K. Finkel (2023). Unpacking the “Black Box” of AI in K12 education. Educational Technology & Society, 26(1).

N. Gillani, D. Beeferman, C. Vega-Pourheydarian, C. Overney, P. Van Hentenryck, D. Roy (2022). Redrawing attendance boundaries to promote racial and ethnic diversity in elementary schools. Working paper.

  • Extended abstract and invited oral presentation at the 2022 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).

  • Invited oral presentation at the Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO ‘22)

  • Selected media: The Hechinger Report, KQED Mindshift, NPR All Things Considered

N. Gillani, E. Chu, D. Beeferman, R. Eynon, D. Roy (2021). Parents' online school reviews reflect several racial and socioeconomic disparities in K-12 education. AERA Open, 7(1): 1-16.

A. Yuan*, N. Gillani* (2017). Championing a spirit of genuine inquiry to combat social fragmentation. Invited paper at “Re-examining the meaning of education in an uncertain world”, Oxford Comparative and International Education, Oxford, UK.

R. Eynon, I. Hjorth, T. Yasseri, N. Gillani (2016). Understanding Communication Patterns in MOOCs: Combining Data Mining and Qualitative Methods. Data Mining and Learning Analytics: Applications in Educational Research.

N. Gillani, R. Eynon (2014). Communication Patterns in Massively Open Online Courses. The Internet and Higher Ed., 23, 18-26.

N. Gillani, T. Yasseri, R. Eynon, I. Hjorth (2014). Structural limitations of learning in a crowd: communication vulnerability and information diffusion in MOOCs. Scientific Reports, 4, 6447.

R. Eynon, I. Hjorth, N. Gillani, T. Yasseri (2014). ‘Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas!’ Experiences of Learning in a MOOC. 2014 ICA Pre-conference working paper: Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future?

N. Gillani, R. Eynon, M. Osborne, I. Hjorth, S. Roberts (2014). Communication Communities in MOOCs. Poster at the 2014 KDD Workshop on Data Mining for Educational Assessment and Feedback.

Z. Nurmohamed, N. Gillani, M. Lenox (2013). A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving. Harvard Business Review.

N. Gillani (2013). MOOC-Sourcing for Social Good. Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Mindful Media Consumption and Sharing

N. Gillani, D. Roy (2022). The Internet Needs You-Are-Here Maps. Wired.

M. Saveski*, N. Gillani*, P. Vijayaraghavan, A. Yuan, D. Roy (2022). Perspective-taking to reduce affective polarization on social media. Forthcoming in Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM '22).

E. Chu*, N. Gillani*, and S. Priscilla Makini (2020). Games for Fairness and Interpretability. Proceedings of The Web Conference 2020 (WWW ‘20), Workshop on Data Science for Social Good.

  • Also accepted to the 2020 ICLR Workshop on Trustworthy ML

N. Gillani, R. Levy (2019). Simple dynamic word embeddings to map perceptions in the public sphere. Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science, NAACL 2019.

N. Gillani*, A. Yuan*, M. Saveski, S. Vosoughi, D. Roy (2018). Me, My Echo Chamber, and I: Introspection on Social Media Polarization. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on the World Wide Web (WWW ‘18), Lyon, France. Honorable mention for best paper.

  • Also accepted as a poster at the 2018 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).

  • Selected media: MIT Technology Review, Slate


Theses and other publications

N. Gillani (2021). Designing for a new "ZIP code destiny". Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, Media Arts and Sciences.

N. Gillani (2014). Uncovering latent features in massive open online courses. University of Oxford, Master's by Research, Department of Engineering.

N. Gillani (2013). Learner communications in massively open online courses. University of Oxford, MS.c., Department of Education.

N. Gillani (2012). Joint Assessment and Restoration of Power Systems. Brown University, Undergraduate Honors Thesis.

P. Van Hentenryck, N. Gillani, C. Coffrin (2012). Joint Assessment and Restoration of Power Systems. Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), France, 792-797.


* Denotes contributions of equal importance