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Principal Investigators


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 60 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 40 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.



Senior researchers


Research grant


Mirko Lai
Mirko Lai

Mirko LaiPhD graduate 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 analysis, natural language processing, stance detection, data visualization3D computer graphics,  3D modeling and virtual reality. His thesis has been supervised in co-tutelle by Prof. Giancarlo Ruffo (Univ. of Turin) and Prof. Paolo Rosso (Universidad de Valencia)




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.




Narges Azizifard

Narges Azizifard is a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science of Università degli Studi di Torino. She obtained her Master Degree in computer engineering (software) at Azad University of Qazvin (Iran). Her thesis was about “Clustering Social Networks Based on Optimization Algorithms”. Her research interests are data analysis, data mining, machine learning and social networks.






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.







Research collaborators


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.




Previous Members and Fellows


Luca Aiello

Luca Maria Aiello received his received their Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Doctoral School of Sciences and Innovative Technologies, Computer Science Programme, University of Turin. His dissertation’s title was “Analysis, prediction and privacy-aware design of social media and online search”. During his Ph.D. training, he has been a visiting scholar at CNetS of Indiana University and he has collaborated with Yahoo! Labs California in a project on user profiling. After his Ph.D. graduation he moved to the Social Media Engagement team, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, as a research scientist, and then to Bell Labs, London.


Alessandro Basso

Alessandro Basso, PhD, is currently Software Engineer at Emporos Systems Corporation, Charlotte (NC, USA). He has been Research Assistant in our department, collaborating with us on recommendation systems issues, until 2010.






Martina Deplano

Martina Deplano, PhD, started her PhD program with our group in 2011, after a master degree in “Communication in the Information Society”. Her research interests are User Experience, Computational Social Science, Data Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design. Currently Martina is contributing to save the world as a GreenPeace activist.





Mario Giacobini

Mario Giacobini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Torino, where he leads the Computational Epidemiology Group and he is ARC2S fellow. His research interests focus on artificial life, both as bio-inspired computational techniques and as modeling of biological phenomena principally using concepts and instruments of network science. Part of Mario Giacobini’s research activity is carried out at the Molecular Biotechnolgy Center of the University of Torino, where he is the principal investigator of the Complex Systems Unit. He has an Erdos number of 3.


Marco Milanesio

Marco Milanesio, PhD, after graduation moved to Eurecom, Sophia Antipolis, France, to start his career as  Research Engineer. He received his PhD in 2009, under the supervision of Prof. Ruffo, and he has been Research Assistant in our group until 2011. In 2017 he joined the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions, Université Côte d’Azur.






André Panisson

André Panisson received a MSc in Computer Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2007, under the supervision of Lisandro Granville. He received his received their Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Doctoral School of Sciences and Innovative Technologies, Computer Science Programme, University of Turin. His dissertation’s title was “Selective Information Dissemination in Mobile Computing”. During his Ph.D. training, he received also a Google Summer of Code grant  to develop a plug-in for the Gephi network analysis tool. He is currently Researcher Leader at the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) in Turin, Italy.



Salvatore Spoto

Salvatore Spoto was born in Andria, Itlay in 1976. He received his Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania, in 2007, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Torino in 2011.
He joined our group for a short period to help us with his skills on  computer-graphicscomputer-visionpeer-to-peer systems and communication networks.





Emilio Sulis

Emilio Sulis got his PhD at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin under the supervision of Prof. Giancarlo Ruffo. He graduated in Sociology in 2002 and then worked in social research, teaching and planning with his company QRS. He developed a computational social simulation based on real data and demographic forecasts, thanks to a scholarship Lagrange – CRT. His main research interests are social network analysis and agent based social simulations



Marcella Tambuscio
Marcella Tambuscio

Marcella Tambuscio, currently post-doc researcher at Austrian Center for Digital Humanities, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, is a PhD graduate 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.