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Giancarlo Ruffo
Giancarlo Ruffo

Giancarlo Ruffo, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Torino, Italy, and Adjunct Professor at Schools of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University. His research interests fall between the multidisciplinary research area of computational social science, with particular attention to network analysis problems and applications. He investigated research issues on web and data miningrecommendation systems, social mediadistributed applicationspeer-to-peer systemssecurity, and micro-payment systems. He is the principal investigator of ARCS group, and he is leading several ongoing projects. He has published about 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.


Rossano Schifanella
Rossano Schifanella

Rossano Schifanella, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino. His research mainly focuses on data-driven analysis of the dynamics of complex systems to model social media. He is also interested in data visualizationcrowdsourcing approaches and digital games to generate high-quality large-scale datasets, mobile computingpeer-to-peer systems, and social information processing. He is co-investigator of ARCS group and he has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.





Senior researchers



Research grant


Marcella Tambuscio
Marcella Tambuscio

Marcella Tambuscio is a PhD student at the University of Torino. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and her Master degree in Computer Science from University of Pisa. In 2012 she prepared her Master thesis as internship at BCAM  (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics) of Bilbao, studying efficiency measures of traffic allocation in network congestion games. Her research interests are Game Theory, Data Mining and Social Network Analysis.



Mirko Lai
Mirko Lai

Mirko Lai is a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science, University of Torino. He started his postgraduate studies after a period as a short term research assistant in our group. His bachelor thesis was on “A method of use for Wearable Sensor Network”, and his master one was on “tools and methodologies for data journalism”. His skills and interests include social media analysisdata visualization3D computer graphics,  3D modeling and virtual reality.







Junior researchers



PhD students



Edoardo Galimberti
Edoardo Galimberti

Edoardo Galimberti is a Ph.D. Student at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin and, also, member of the Algorithmic Data Analytics group at ISI Foundation. He obtained both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering of Computing Systems from Politecnico di Milano. He carried out his Master’s thesis at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona, where he investigated efficient and scalable methods for mining large social graphs. His current research interests include heterogeneous and semantic graphs, social media and social network analysis, and graph theory.


Alfonso Semeraro

Alfonso Semeraro is a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science of Università degli Studi di Torino. After he received his master degree at Università degli Studi di Torino with a thesis on financial networks, he continued his work on the structure and dynamics of a micro-economic network during his employment as short term researcher. He is currently working on the spreading of misinformation across different websites and social media platforms. His research interests include complex networksdata mining and social media analysis.



Mirko Lai
Salvatore Vilella

Salvatore Vilella is a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Torino, and a Junior Researcher at ISI Foundation. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Physics at Università del Salento, and his Master Degree in Physics of Complex Systems at Università degli Studi di Torino. His research interests and skills include data-driven analysis and modeling of complex systems, complex networks, data mining and data analytics.







Short Term


Mirko Lai
Alessandra Urbinati

Alessandra Urbinati is a junior researcher at the ISI Foundation. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Mathematical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, and his Master Degree in Stochastics and Data Science at University of Torino. After the Master Degree she worked as a short term researcher at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Torino. Her research interests include complex networks, machine learning and data analytics.



Arthur Capozzi

Arthur Capozzi is a research fellow at the Department of Computer Science of Università degli Studi di Torino. After he received his master degree at Università degli Studi di Torino with a thesis on developing a data visualization dashboard to analyze financial networks, he worked for more than an year on Controlodio, a project born for mapping and studying the spreading of hate speech in social media in Italy. Thanks to a research scholarship of Fondazione CRT, he is currently working on a project about objective data and citizen perception on quality of life in the city of Torino. His skills and interests include data visualization, NLP, social media analysis, 3D computer graphics and 3D modeling.