Chris Danforth’s background is in the application of Chaos Theory to weather and climate prediction. His current work is in Computational Social Science, exploring human behavior through social media data.
Danforth is the co-inventor of http://hedonometer.org, a socio-technical instrument measuring daily happiness based on 100 billion Twitter messages. He has also developed algorithms to identify predictors of depression from Instagram photos. His research has been covered by the New York Times, Science Magazine, and the BBC among others.