FLS: Dmitri Williams: Norath, Cho'gath and Shaolin Monks, Oh My: Data-based Research in Online Worlds

Event Date: 

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 1009

Lecture Slides: Williams.pdf (7.05 MB)

Professor Williams will share his experiences running a large team of interdisciplinary researchers working with data from several online games and virtual worlds. In the Virtual World Exploratorium group, 20 students and faculty from communication and computer science data mine, analyze and survey thousands of players across three online worlds. In a new project, a student-based team combines survey and server-side log files to explore the player population of the popular online game League of Legends.

Dmitri Williams is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, where he co-directs the Virtual Communities Program. His research focuses on the social impacts of online games. Prof. Williams was the first researcher to use online games for experiments, and he has since broadened his approach to include surveys, ethnographic interviews, and large-scale data approaches. He has served as an expert witness to the US Senate and in federal court cases. His work has been featured on NPR, and in publications including the Economist, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and others.