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DataWiz 2014: 1st Workshop on Data Visualization!





The CfP of DataWiz 2014, the 1st Workshop on Data Visualization, is out.
It will be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2014 (September 1-4, Santiago, Chile).

The event aims at bringing together an interdisciplinary audience (e.g. computer and cognitive scientists, designers, data journalists), in order to discuss tools, models and metaphors useful to understand and explain input or output data through advanced graphical user interfaces.

Visit the DataWiz 2014 website and submit your work… See you in Santiago!
Please, contact one of the organizers (M. DeplanoA. Panisson and G. Ruffo) if you have questions.


R. Schifanella has been awarded with the “Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award”: Congratulations!


Rossano Schifanella has been awarded with the “Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award” for the project “Automation of Flickr photos recommendation on mobile devices”, developed in collaboration between Yahoo Labs and the University of Turin.

New Book Chapter published by IGI Global

libro_gwapThe chapter “GWAP as a Tool to Analyze, Design, and Test Geo-Social Systems” of the book “Intelligent Multimedia Technologies for Networking Applications: Techniques and Tools” has been published by IGI Global. Written by Martina Deplano and Giancarlo Ruffo, the chapter describes the possibility to use a Game With A Purpose paradigm on geo-social networks, in order to gather users’ information as a side effect of their  gaming activity. This data can be then used to provide future services based on a cyclic analysis and implementation method. The chapter is available here.

Our ultimate paper on Anobii is out

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The paper “Link creation and information spreading over social and communication ties in an interest-based online social network” has been published in EPJ Data Science, on December 2012. This is our latest publication on the extensive analysis we conducted on the data we crawled from the Anobii social network, and we discuss our findings on how social links are created, communications are established, and information is spread amongst users in this peculiar community. The paper has been co-authored by Luca M. AielloAlain BarratCiro CattutoRossano Schifanella and Giancarlo Ruffo, and it can be accessed here.


Event Detection: winner of the 2012 Telecom Working Capital competition

The “Event Detection” proposal is one of the 20 winning projects of the 2012 Telecom Italia Working Capital competition! The project aims to analyze social data originated from smartphones, to detect crowd-sourced events around the world.
The original idea has been developed by Marco Sero as the final project of his bachelor program, under the supervision of the ARCS group.
Our group is one of the stakeholders of the project and it will work on the impact that may be of interest for the scientific community. Congrats to Marco from all of us!

Conference on SettembreMusica and MITO

On September 17th, 2012, Mario has participated to the conference “From SettembreMusica to MITO: A digital history of 34 years of concerts in Torino“, where he presented the latest results obtained with the precious help of Luca Ferreri on the project “Data analysis, integration, and visualization of the history of the MITO-SettembreMusica Festival”. The conference was coordinated by the musicologist Susanna Franchi, and included the talks of Giuliana Bonello of the CSI-Piemonte, and Paolo Ciuccarelli and Marco Quaggiotto of the Politechnic of Milano.

Best dataset award at ICWSM 2012!

We are proud to announce that our paper “People Are Strange When You’re a Stranger: Impact and Influence of Bots on Social Networks” received the Best Dataset Award at the prestigious conference ICWSM 2012, held in Dublin in June! More information here.

In the picture, Luca, Rossano and Giancarlo receive the award from the organizers John Breslin, Nicole Ellison, and James G. Shanagan. The fourth author, Martina, was in Nebraska for presenting the same result at the workshop ChASM 2012.

Prof. Johan Bollen’s talk at University of Turin

On May 30th, we were delighted to host Prof. Johan Bollen from Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at the Computer Science Department of the University of Turin!

He presented his team’s work “Models of collective mood: applications to financial market prediction” about the  daily fluctuations of the public’s mood state in Twitter [see the paper]. They found that these fluctuations contain predictive information with regards to up and down movements of broad market indices, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average. They have also demonstrated the assortative nature of online sentiment by comparing the mood states of individual users over time to their social network neighbors.

It was great to have him here, and hope to see him soon!