Tanushree (Tanu) Mitra is an assistant professor of computer science. She joined Virginia Tech in 2017 after earning a Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology where the GVU Center named her a Foley Scholar, the highest award for student excellence in research contributions to computing.
She was an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship recipient in 2016 and selected to attend the Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems, a National Science Foundation-funded workshop for promising junior investigators.
Mitra earned a master’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology in India. Her internships included IBM Research and Microsoft Research.
Her research combines computational techniques and social science principles to study complex social processes underlying human behavior in large-scale online social systems. Specific topics of focus include social computing; computational social science; social media content analysis; data mining; credibility perceptions; misinformation and deception; online communities; and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.