From 2005-2017, the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI) brought together faculty and students from Communications, Computing and Information Science, Law, and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. CeRI engaged in theoretical and applied research about using technology to make policymaking more democratic, efficient, and effective.

CeRI Faculty Researchers

Claire Cardie

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Science

Claire Cardie is an internationally renowned expert in the area of natural language processing, her work develops algorithms and systems that improve a user's ability to find, absorb, and extract information from on-line text.

Cynthia Farina

McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law

Cynthia Farina's scholarship and teaching focuses on administrative law and electronic government, the presidency, and due process and separation of powers.

Dan Cosley

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science

Dan Cosley does research around human-computer interaction and social media. His high-level research goal is to build systems that leverage people's pre-existing behavior in digital media to create new individual and social goods.

Susan Fussell

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science

Susan Fussell research focuses on interpersonal communication in face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts. Her goals are to enhance our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms involved in conversational discourse and to apply this theory to the design and evaluation of new communications technologies.

Sally Klingel

Director of Labor-Management Programs, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolultion

Sally Klingel specializes in the design and implementation of collaborative conflict and negotiation processes in public and private sector workplaces, state and local government entities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Gilly Leshed

Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the MPS Program, Department of Information Science

Gilly Leshed's research and teaching interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), in which she uses quantitative and qualitative studies and technology design to examine how individuals and groups accomplish tasks and socialize and the roles information technology plays in these interactions.

Other Senior Personnel

Mary Newhart, Executive Director of CeRI, came to the team from the Scheinman Institute for Conflict Resolution in the ILR School. Her research focuses on the application of traditional group facilitation techniques to the online environment and the use of technology to support asynchronous consensus building.

Brian Post is the Lead Technologist for CeRI. He has developed web-based solutions for a variety of environments including corporate, small business, and start-up. In his current role, he supports CeRI research through enhancement and further development of their custom platforms and applications.