Michal is a psychologist and data scientist. His research focuses on studying humans through the lenses of digital footprints left behind while using digital platforms and devices.

He is an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of BusinessMichal holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Psychometrics, and a MS in Social Psychology. Michal coordinates the myPersonality project, which involves global collaboration between over 200 researchers, analyzing the detailed psycho-demographic profiles of over 8 million Facebook users. While at Cambridge University, he started an open-source online adaptive testing platform Concerto and ApplyMagicSauce.com predictive engine. 

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Previously, Michal was the Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, a researcher at Microsoft Research, and a post-doc at Stanford's Computer Science Department. 

Appeared in Do You Trust This Computer movie along with Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil. Over 1.4 million watched the preview and the film won the Audience Award at CinemaAmbiente.
Our JPSP paper warning that widely used facial recognition technology can be used to expose sensitive traits was featured on the cover of The Economist.
Watch my conversation with the David C. Brock of the Computer History Museum on the future of politics and Big Data.
Discussed the role of big data in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with Fareed Zakaria.
Das Magazin article (English version at Vice.com) commenting on my research on privacy and predictive models was the most widely discussed German-language press article of 2016.
Our predictive models were employed in the online companion to Watchdogs video game. It was used by over 1 million people within 3 weeks of its launch.
Testified before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the implications of the Big Data for equal employment opportunity.
One of the 5 external experts at Boeing's Next 100 Years Summit aimed at developing a long-term research and business strategy. 
It's now official, I am a rising star :)
Our 2015 paper was ranked as the top 22nd paper that Most Caught the Public Imagination in 2015
Our research featured in the special report of The Economist on the future of insurance.
Our paper showing that computers are more accurate than humans in judging others' personality was published in PNAS.
Two TED talks focused on our 2013 PNAS paper: by Jenn Golbeck and by David Stillwell.
I was one of the characters depicted in Privacy, a 2014 theater play written by James Graham and produced by Donmar Warehouse.
Listed among the 50 most influential people in Big Data in 2014 according to DataIQ. 
Two of my papers were placed in the Top 100 Papers That Most Caught the Public Imagination in 2013 (#9 and #21).
Our research prompted a discussion in the EU parliament and featured in this report.
Read my op-ed for Financial Times.
Our team was awarded a prestigious European Union grant, under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to work on an online collaborative environment.
PNAS published our paper showing that intimate traits can be accurately predicted from digital footprintsThe accompanying online demonstration, which predicts users’ personalities based on their digital footprints, attracted several million users.