Five questions with Minnesota computer scientist (GroupLens PhD) and Wikimedia Foundation social researcher Aaron Halfaker.
Where are you from originally and how did you end up at GroupLens / The University of Minnesota?
I grew up in Virginia, MN, a mining town on the Iron Range. I was always interested in technology as a kid, but I didn’t always have access to it. When I started high school, my family had an old 386 that didn’t have any games on it, so I spent a lot of time making ASCII art in Word Star.
By the time I graduated from the Virginia High School, I had built my own computer and organized a couple of LAN parties.