Aaron was a PhD candidate researching novel computational models and interaction techniques to help navigate virtual social spaces. He is primarily concerned with helping technology better meld with existing social norms and conventions, thus creating new opportunities for computer mediated communications. The majority of his research at MIT was performed with Judith Donath in the Sociable Media Group. He holds an SM from the Media Lab, and a BS in Cognitive Science specializing in Computation from the University of California at San Diego. Aaron has taken off time during the PhD to work for IBM Research and Google.

Judith Donath, Alex Dragulescu, Aaron Zinman, Fernanda Viégas and Rebecca Xiong. “Data Portraits. ” Leonardo 43.4 (2010): 375-383. Project MUSE., .