Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Kenneth M. Anderson

Second Advisor

Leysia Palen

Third Advisor

James H. Martin


In the aftermath of mass emergencies, a large number of pets are displaced from their families. Pet reunification in crisis situations is therefore a serious problem. A number of digital volunteers were seen participating in interactions on social media services such as Facebook and Twitter with the intention of pet to family reunification. We are developing software to aid the members of the public with these activities, EmergencyPetMatcher (EPM), a collaborative web application that aims to help connect people with their lost pets. The goal of this thesis is to develop algorithms and monitoring capabilities to identify those digital volunteers (within EPM) who are actively involved with pet reunification and amplify/augment their actions to be more effective and to encourage them to continue to participate in the system.