Workshop on Social Web Intelligence

It’s my pleasure to announce that I’ll be giving a hands-on tutorial on social web intelligence in February 21st at UBC.

Organized by the SFU/UBC Salon Series on Digital Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, the tutorial/workshop will introduce the theory and practice of basic concepts in network analysis, machine learning, and data mining to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fuelled and rendered accessible by the Internet.

Participants will learn about the structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, and physics.

Interactive demonstrations and hands-on analysis of real-world data sets will focus on a range of tasks: from online network data collection, to identifying important nodes in the network, to detecting communities, to opinion mining and sentiment analysis, to predicting future relationships and social attributes.

Event details and RSVP here.

Grafos ML is Online!

Telefonica has just open-sourced Grafos ML, a system and tools for large-scale machine learning and graph analytics on top of Apache Giraph. The two main components are Okapi ML Library (machine learning algorithms, which include our recent work on detecting fake accounts in online social services) and RT-Giraph (incremental processing on top of Giraph). This is still an active project that is under heavy development at Telefonica Research, Barcelona.

Invited Talk at Humboldt Colloquium in Toronto

It is my pleasure to announce that I have been invited to give a talk as an Early Career Researcher at Humboldt Colloquium in Toronto, which is going to take place from 2-4 Nov, 2012. Under the theme of “Excellence in Research”, I will present our work on Security Analysis of Social Bots on the Web at the Theoretical Sciences section of the colloquium’s interdisciplinary workshops.

The Early Career Researchers attending the colloquium are not members of the Humboldt Community but may wish to become fellows in the future. The researchers were selected for participation in the event by a committee of Humboldt alumni following on open call for papers under all science-related disciplines. More than 200 applications were received from researchers at all levels (students, PhDs, university/industry researchers), and only 25 applicants were accepted to present their current research at the workshops. Here’s a link to the preliminary program.