Jul 09

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.

Jun 02

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!

Mar 22

Congrats André and Luca!

We are proud that, on February 27th, Luca M. Aiello and André Panisson received their Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Doctoral School of Sciences and Innovative Technologies, Computer Science Programme, University of Turin.

Now they moved elsewhere to spread (and to keep learning) Science and Technology across Europe 🙂

Currently, André is a Junior Researcher at ISI Foundation in Turin and Luca is a post-doc at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona. This is what we call an outstanding debut!

Good luck guys: we’ll keep following you!

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