11 Dec 2019
Data Science Research Talk

Diffusion Phenomena in Online Social Environments: Analyses and Simulations

Talk by visiting expert Adriana Iamnitchi

Abstract

In a digitally connected world, understanding the processes that enable or limit information diffusion has important applications. This talk will present empirical analyses of different information diffusion processes in various contexts, from adoption of (cheating) behavior in online gaming to disinformation campaigns against the White Helmets. In addition, the talk will describe our solutions for predicting information diffusion over long time intervals and their accuracy on different online social platforms.

Bio

Adriana Iamnitchi is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of South Florida. Her research lies at the intersection of distributed systems and social computing. The overarching goal of her current work is empirical analysis of phenomena in online social environments and designing solutions for modeling them.

Adriana Iamnitchi is a recipient of the NSF Career Award in 2010. She has served on the Technical Program Committee of numerous conferences in distributed systems and the web, such as HPDC, WWW, and ICDCS. She has been Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2017—2019) and Elsevier Online Social Networks and Media (since 2016). Adriana Iamnitchi holds a PhD in Computer Science from The University of Chicago and a MS in Computer Science from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania.