I am a Reader (roughly equivalent to an Associate Professor in the North-American academic system) in Data Science at the Department of Geography at University College London, where I lead the Intelligent Social Systems Lab. We are part of the Geospatial Analytics and Computing Group.
Postdoctoral Associate Job Openings
I am hiring two Postdoctoral Research Associates (closing date: 4 June 2017). Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information if you are interested.
Our paper “Designing Effective Movement Digital Biomarkers for Unobtrusive Emotional State Mobile Monitoring” has been accepted at the 1st ACM Workshop on Digital Biomarkers colocated with ACM MobiSys 2017. The paper discusses the design of novel digital biomarkers for the inference of emotional states based on the fine-grained characterization of the mobility patterns of a user over time. You can download the paper from here.
We wrote a short survey on “Sensing and Modeling Human Behavior Using Social Media and Mobile Data”. The article will be part of a book that will be published in the next months. The pre-print of the article is available on ArXiv.
Our paper “Anonymous or not? Understanding the Factors Affecting Personal Mobile Data Disclosure” has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. The article contains an experimental evaluation of the different factors affecting users’ disclosing choices of location and social interaction information. A pre-print version of the paper can be downloaded here.
Our paper on “Probabilistic Matching: Causal Inference under Measurement Errors” has been accepted for publication at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN’17). In this work, we propose a novel approach for causal inference when one or more key variables are noisy. The proposed method has many practical applications for example for the analysis of streams of sensor data. A pre-print version of the paper can be downloaded here.
I wrote an article on “Tracing Networks of Knowledge in the Digital Age”. The paper will appear in the Proceedings of the British Academy in the coming months. The paper is an output of the “Tracing networks: communicating knowledge in antiquity and the digital age” event organised by the British Academy some years ago. A preliminary version of the paper can be downloaded from this link.
I will be teaching at the Doctoral School on Transiently Powered Computing that will take place at TU Delft, Netherlands from 8th to 10th November 2017. Please consider attending it.
I am currently involved in the following upcoming scientific events. Please consider submitting your work to and attending these conferences and workshops:
- 37th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2018) [PC Member]
- 6th Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications (Complex Networks 2017) [PC Chair]
- 25th ACM Multimedia Conference (ACM MM 2017) - Ubiquitous Multimedia Track [PC Member]
- 12th ACM Workshop on Challenged Networks (ACM CHANTS 2017) at ACM MobiCom 2017 [PC Member]
- 2017 ACM International Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing [Member of the Editorial Board of the Associated ACM IMWUT Journal]
- 2nd ACM International Workshop on Mental Health and Intervention at ACM UbiComp’17 [PC Member]
- 2nd ACM International Workshop on Intelligent Personal Support of Human Behavior at ACM UbiComp’17 [PC Member]
- 6th ACM International Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA 2017) at ACM UbiComp’17 [PC Member]
- 5th IEEE International Workshop on Data-driven Self-regulating Systems (DSS 2017) at IEEE SASO’17 [PC Member]
- 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (ACM MobileHCI 2017) [PC Member]
- 1st ACM Workshop on Digital Biomarkers at ACM MobiSys 2017 [PC Member]
- 3rd Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications (ACM DroNet 2017) at ACM MobiSys 2017 [PC Member]
- 9th International ACM Web Science Conference 2017 (ACM WebSci 2017) [PC Member]
- 37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing (IEEE ICDCS’17) - Social Networks and Crowdsourcing Track [PC Member]
Current areas of interest of my lab include:
- Computational and mathematical modelling of human behaviour and social systems using mobile data and other digital sources (smartphone data, cellular network data, social media, user-generated content, etc.);
- Ubiquitous computing;
- Networked systems and network science (with a particular focus on social networks and spatio-temporal networks);
- Applied machine learning;
- Digital health;
- Data science for social good;
Undergraduate and Master Students at UCL. Undergraduate and Master projects under my supervision are usually “research-oriented”, i.e., they are related to research topics we are currently investigating in my group. More in general, please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a project or in being involved in the activities of my lab. Also, if you are a first or second year Undergraduate student and you are interested in doing a (paid) research internship in my group during the summer just come to my office or drop me an email (also in order to explore the possibility of doing a PhD after your degree).
Ph.D. Students. I am looking for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Data Science, Ubiquitous Computing, and Networked Systems in my lab. If you are interested please contact me by email in order to discuss the funding of your studies (such as available postgraduate studentships and other potential sources of Ph.D. funding).
Postdoctoral Research Associates. I am hiring two Postdoctoral Research Associates (closing date: 4 June 2017). Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information if you are interested. I am also happy to discuss other opportunities for working in my group, including fellowships such as those offered through the Newton Fund, EU Skłodowska-Curie Actions or the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Researchers and Industrial Collaborations. I am happy to discuss possible visits of UG/Master/Ph.D. students and researchers in my group. I am also happy to discuss potential collaborations with companies and other organisations interested in the research activities of our lab.
You can find all my publications following these links:
Last updated: 27 May 2017.