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My research falls at the intersection of these fields (download one-page summary or my resume):

Network Science Data Science Machine Learning Computational Social Science


Adam Badawy Alessandro Bessi Palash Goyal Anna Sapienza
Adam Badawy
Alessandro Bessi
(Visiting PhD)
Palash Goyal
Anna Sapienza
(Visiting PhD)
(Starting 01/17)
Margaret Martin Archit Srivastava Sree Priyanka Uppu
Margaret Martin
Archit Srivastava
Sree Priyanka Uppu


For potential PhD students: To be considered for joining my group, apply to the USC’s Computer Science PhD program, and select my name during the application process as potential advisor.

Current position:

Aug 2015 – present, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Former positions:

Jan 2015 – Aug 2015, Bloomington – IN, US

April 2012 – Dec 2014, Bloomington – IN, US

January – March 2012, London, UK

December 2008 – March 2012, Messina, Italy

September – December 2011, London, UK

February – May 2010, Vienna, Austria


Fall 2016/17: INF-599: Mining the Social Web (at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, US)

Spring 2014/15: INFO I400:590 Mining the Social Web (at Indiana University, Bloomington, US)

Fall 2013: INFO-I601 “Introduction to Complex Systems” (Guest Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington, US)

Spring 2013: INFO-I690 “Topics in Informatics: Mathematical Methods for Complex Systems” (Guest Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington, US)

Previous students

Previous students (USC):
– Fall 2016:  Adam Badawy  (PhD Student), Alessandro Bessi (Visiting PhD), Prathmesh Gat  (MSc), Palash Goyal (PhD), Margaret Martin  (MSc), Simrat Singh Chhabra (MSc), Archit Srivastava (MSc)
– Summer 2016: Laura Alessandretti  (Visiting PhD Student), Adam Badawy  (PhD Student), Prathmesh Gat  (MSc), Chiranth Gopal (Visiting Undegrad Student), Margaret Martin  (MSc)
– Fall 2015/Spring 2016Vijayan Balasubramanian  (MSc), Zeyu Dai  (MSc), Zekun Li  (MSc), Margaret Martin  (MSc), Mahesh Tandarpally  (MSc), Wenqiang Wang  (MSc)

Previous students (Indiana University)Onur Varol, Clayton A. Davis, Zeyao Yang, Lei Li, Jaehyuk Park, Qing Ke, Azadeh Nematzadeh, Prashant Shiralkar, Jasleen Kaur, Rachael Fulper, Pablo Moriano, Alex Barron, Mohsen Jafariasbagh, Michael D. Conover, Karissa McKelvey, Bryce K. Lewis, Kehontas Rowe

Research Activity

The datasets adopted in my research on Social Networks are available on request.

The WERW-Kpath algorithm to compute the Kpath Edge Centrality has been released.

The CONCLUDE community detection algorithm has been released.