Hirokazu Shirado is assistant professor of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, US). He is leading the Addressing Collective Action Problems With Machine Intelligence project.
Shirado was born and raised in Japan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 and a master’s degree in engineering in 2006 from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan). He then worked at Sony Corporation, researching human-robot interaction until 2014. He moved to the United States to expand his studies to social networks and obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University (New Haven, US) in 2019, receiving the Marvin B. Sussman Best Dissertation Award. He has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University since then.
Shirado’s research focuses on the role of social interactions and technology in the emergence of social order and in the collective confrontation of social dilemmas. He conducts experimental studies of cooperative behaviors as they manifest through interactions between people within social networks. Furthermore, he investigates hybrid systems of humans and machines, particularly how machine intelligence can help people address challenges in collective action. He has received awards for his research from organizations including the American Sociology Association, the National Institute of Social Science, and the National Science Foundation.