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I am an Assistant Research Professor at the USC Department of Computer Science, and Research Leader and Principal Investigator in the Machine Intelligence and Data Science (MINDS) group at the University of Southern California‘s Information Sciences Institute.

My research core is in Computational Social Network Sciences, and I work with:

Homa Hosseinmardi Goran Muric Anna Sapienza
Homa Hosseinmardi
Goran Muric
Anna Sapienza
Adam Badawy Ashok Deb Palash Goyal Di Huang
Adam Badawy
Ashok Deb
Palash Goyal
Di (Diana) Huang
Hsien-Te Kao Akira Matsui Shen Yan Yilei Zeng
Hsien-Te Kao
Akira Matsui
Shen Yan
Yilei Zeng

Summer Interns 2017:

Sindhu Ernala Sneha Kudugunta Hao Peng Iacopo Pozzana
Sindhu Ernala
Georgia Tech Univ
Sneha Kudugunta
IIT Hyderabad
Hao Peng
Univ of Michigan
Iacopo Pozzana
Birbeck Univ of London

Former students:

Alessandro Bessi Archit Srivastava Sree Priyanka Uppu
Alessandro Bessi
(Visiting PhD)
Archit Srivastava
Sree Priyanka Uppu

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

AI Network Science Data Science Machine Learning HCI Computational Social Science

Current positions

Aug 2015 – present, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Past appointments

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

August – December 2011, London, UK

January – June 2010, Vienna, Austria


Former students and postdocs


– Fall 2017/Spring 2018:  Adam Badawy  (PhD), Ashok Deb (Phd), Homa Hosseinmardi (Postdoc), Palash Goyal (PhD), Di Huang (Visiting MSc), Hsien-Te Kao (PhD), Akira Matsui (PhD), Goran Muric (Postdoc), Anna Sapienza (Postdoc), Shen Yan (PhD), Yilei Zeng (PhD)
– Summer 2017: Sindhu Ernala (PhD), Sneha Kudugunta (PhD), Hao Peng (PhD), Iacopo Pozzana (PhD), Sree Priyanka Uppu (MSc)
Fall 2016/Spring 2017:  Adam Badawy  (PhD), Alessandro Bessi (Visiting PhD), Prathmesh Gat  (MSc), Palash Goyal (PhD), Margaret Martin  (MSc), Simrat Singh Chhabra (MSc), Archit Srivastava (MSc), Sree Priyanka Uppu (MSc)
– Summer 2016: Laura Alessandretti  (Visiting PhD), Adam Badawy  (PhD), Prathmesh Gat  (MSc), Chiranth Gopal (Visiting Undergrad 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)

At Indiana UniversityOnur Varol, Clayton A. DavisZeyao Yang, Lei Le, Jaehyuk ParkQing KeAzadeh NematzadehPrashant Shiralkar, Jasleen Kaur, Rachael Fulper, Pablo Moriano, Alex Barron, Mohsen Jafariasbagh, Michael D. Conover, Karissa McKelveyBryce Lewis, Kehontas Rowe

Research Resources

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. The Python Data Scientist toolbox is a list of useful resources, tutorials, and libraries to proficiently use Python for Data Science.