About Me

I’m Michael Ekstrand, a computer scientist, researcher, educator, and scholar. I recently completed my Ph.D computer science with GroupLens Research at the University of Minnesota, and will shortly be joining the Texas State University computer science department.

I invite you to read about my research on human-computer interaction and recommender systems or check out the various coding projects I have worked on. I also write, both on my blog and in more persistent writings.

You can connect with me in several ways:

What’s up with elehack? It’s a portmanteau of elegant and hack; an homage to my appreciation of the hacker ethos (in the MIT/Unix/Hombrew Computer Club sense, not breaking stuff for lulz and profit; see Steven Levy’s book Hackers for more details) and of elegant, beautiful things, especially programs.