I design, build, and study social computing systems: the computational systems that mediate our social interactions with one another.

Michael Bernstein is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and STMicroelectronics Faculty Scholar at Stanford University, where he is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Group. His research focuses on the design of social computing systems. This research has won best paper awards at top conferences in human-computer interaction, including CHI, CSCW, and UIST, and has been reported in venues such as The New York Times, New Scientist, Wired, and The Guardian. Michael has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, UIST Lasting Impact Award, and the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize. He holds a bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, as well as a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT.

Recent highlights

Mitchell GordonMitchell Gordon, Kaitlyn Zhou, Kayur Patel, Tatsunori Hashimoto, Michael Bernstein
CHI 2021
Amy X. ZhangAmy X. Zhang, Grant Hugh, Michael Bernstein
UIST 2020


Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Mitchell GordonMitchell Gordon, Li Fei-Fei, Michael Bernstein
AI for HCI: Modern Approach 2021
Michael Bernstein, Margaret Levi, David Magnus, Betsy Rajala, Debra Satz, Charla Waeiss
arXiv 2021
Joon Sung ParkJoon Sung Park, Michael S. Bernstein, Robin N. Brewer, Ece Kamar, Meredith Ringel Morris
AIES 2021
Mitchell GordonMitchell Gordon, Kaitlyn Zhou, Kayur Patel, Tatsunori Hashimoto, Michael Bernstein
CHI 2021
Xinlan Emily Hu, Mark WhitingMark Whiting, Michael Bernstein
CHI 2021
Amy X. ZhangAmy X. Zhang, Grant Hugh, Michael Bernstein
UIST 2020
Hancheng Cao, Vivian Yang, Victor Chen, Yu Jin Lee, Lydia Stone, Ngodjigui Junior Diarrassouba, Mark WhitingMark Whiting, Michael Bernstein
CSCW 2020Honorable Mention
Pranav Khadpe, Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Li Fei-Fei, Jeffrey Hancock, Michael Bernstein
CSCW 2020Honorable Mention
Mark WhitingMark Whiting, Irena Gao, Michelle Xing, N'godjigui Junior Diarrassouba, Tonya Nguyen, and Michael Bernstein
CSCW 2020
Sharon ZhouSharon Zhou*, Mitchell GordonMitchell Gordon*, Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Austin Narcomey, Li Fei-Fei, Michael Bernstein
NeurIPS 2019Oral (top 0.5%)
Mark WhitingMark Whiting, Allie Blaising, Chloe Barreau, Laura Fiuza, Nik Marda, Melissa Valentine, and Michael Bernstein
CSCW 2019
Mark WhitingMark Whiting, Grant Hugh, and Michael Bernstein
HCOMP 2019Honorable Mention
Junwon Park, Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Pranav Khadpe, Li Fei-Fei, Michael Bernstein
HCOMP 2019
Vincent Chen, Paroma Varma, Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Michael Bernstein, Christopher Re, Li Fei-Fei
ICCV 2019
Ranjay KrishnaRanjay Krishna, Michael Bernstein, Li Fei-Fei
CVPR 2019
Ali AlkhatibAli Alkhatib, Michael Bernstein
CHI 2019Best Paper
Geza KovacsGeza Kovacs, Drew Mylander Gregory, Zilin Ma, Zhengxuan Wu, Golrokh Emami, Jacob Ray, Michael Bernstein
CHI 2019
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Michael Bernstein headshot; photo courtesy of CASBS
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Computer Science Department
Stanford University

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I am on sabbatical as a CASBS Fellow in the 2021–2022 academic year. I will continue to admit and advise PhD students during sabbatical.

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