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Mirco Musolesi

Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science


School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston B15 2TT Birmingham, United Kingdom
 
Room: 138 (Computer Science Building)

Email: m.musolesi [AT] cs.bham.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 121 414 4763

Twitter: @mircomusolesi






What's New

- The LASAGNE Multilayer Network Transformation Framework website is now live.

- The website of the EPSRC-funded "Trajectories of Depression" project about data collection and statistical analysis of mobility patterns of people affected by depression is now online.

- Our paper "SenSocial: A Middleware for Integrating Online Social Networks and Mobile Sensing Data Streams" has been accepted at ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware'14.
 

- Our work "It's the Way You Check-in: Identifying Users in Location-Based Social Networks"
discussing the privacy issues related to user identification in location-based social networks has been accepted at ACM COSN'14.

- Our paper "InterruptMe: Designing Intelligent Prompting Mechanisms for Pervasive Applications" accepted at ACM UbiComp'14. The paper was also a Best Paper Nominee (top 4%).

- We also have a position paper on "Anticipatory Mobile Computing for Behaviour Change Interventions" at the 3rd ACM Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science (MCSS 2014) colocated with UbiComp'14.


 - New paper with Kira Kowalska and Paul Longley on "Ethnic Structure in Global Naming Networks" accepted at GIScience'14.


- Our paper "The Uncertainty of Identity Toolset: Analysing Digital Traces for User Profiling" has received the Best Human Factors and Biometrics Paper Awards at the 7th International Conference on Security Information and Networks (SIN'14). The paper describes a tool developed jointly with UCL and City University London as a part of the "Uncertainty of Identity" project.

- Three papers accepted at AAAI ICWSM'14: the first one contains a study of the GitHub social coding platform; the second one presents a novel methodology for the analysis of online and offline social ties based on multiplex networks; and the third one discusses techniques for the identification and analysis of the cultural boundaries and food&drink habits in Foursquare. The paper on the data mining techniques for the analysis of cultural boundaries and habits in Foursquare has also been covered by MIT Technology Review and Irish Times.

- I co-authored a paper about current and future challenges and open research questions in software engineering for mobile systems that was presented
at the 36th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering in the "Future of Software Engineering" Track.

 - My commentary "Big Mobile Data Mining: Good or Evil?" about the opportunities deriving from the analysis of mobile "big data" for social good (and potential related issues) has appeared on IEEE Internet Computing. You can find a pre-print version of the paper here.

- Our paper "The Anatomy of a Scientific Rumor" about the spreading of rumours in Twitter related to the discovery of the Higgs boson has been published in Nature Scientific Reports. This work has also been featured on The New Scientist (see also this blog entry).  Videos related to the study can be found here.

 
- We won the
Data for Development (D4D) Challenge (Best Overall prize) with our submission "Exploiting Cellular Data for Disease Containment and Information Campaigns Strategies in Country-wide Epidemics". More details about the D4D event at NetMob'13 can be found here (see also the United Nations Global Pulse website). Our work was also covered by the Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica, and Mobile World Live.

- Our paper "Smartphones for Large-Scale Behaviour Change Intervention
" about our activities related to the UBhave Project has been accepted for publication in IEEE Pervasive Computing.

- Our work on human mobility prediction has been featured on MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Wired, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, Discovery News, Mashable, and Toronto Star.  See also the BBC video coverage (and related blog post).
 
- We won the Nokia Mobile Data Open Challenge with our submission Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions! A report of the event can be found here. An extended journal version which appeared on Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing can be found here. A website of the project is available here.


Upcoming Events


- I am currently involved in the following upcoming scientific events. Please consider submitting your work to and attending these conferences and workshops:

- 9th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM'15) [Senior PC Member]
- 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015) - Social Networks and Graph Analysis Track [PC Member]
- 4th International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets (NetMob'15) [PC Member]

- 34th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2015) [PC Member]
- 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2015) [PC Member]

- 3rd IEEE International Workshop on the Impact of Human Mobility in Pervasive Systems and Application (PerMoby 2015) at IEEE PerCom 2015 [PC Member]

- 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (ACM/IEEE Mobiquitous 2014) [PC Member]
- 1st ACM/IEEE International Conference on IoT in Urban Space (ACM/IEEE Urb-IoT 2014) [PC Member]

- 6th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE 2014) [PC Member]
- 1st Workshop on Interaction and Social Media (DYAD 2014) at the 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2014) [PC Member]
- 6th ACM HotPlanet Workshop at MASS 2014 [PC Member]

[Past events]


Research Group and Research Interests

I lead the Networked Systems and Data Science Lab at Birmingham. The  lab is part of the inter-departmental Birmingham Human-Computer Interaction Centre.

The scope of the research projects of my group is broad and highly interdisciplinary. Current areas of interest include:

- Large-scale data mining ("big data" mining) and data science
- Networked systems and network science
- Geographic data analysis;
- Social and ubiquitous computing.

The current members of my group are:
               
PhD Students

- Antonio Lima (PhD Student)
- Abhinav Mehrotra (PhD Student)
- Christoph Stich (PhD Student)
- Theofania (Fani) Tsapeli (PhD Student)


Visiting PhD students

- Cristina Segalin (Visiting PhD Student)

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

- Luca Canzian (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
- Veljko Pejovic (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
- Luca Rossi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
- Matthew Williams (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

[More on Research Interests, My Research Group, Funding and Projects]



Research Opportunities

Undergraduate and Master Students at the University of Birmingham. 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, also in advance, if you are interested in a project or in being involved in our research work. More information can be found here. Also, if you are a first or second year Undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham 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 motivated Ph.D. students interested in working under my supervision. If you are interested please contact me by email (m.musolesi [@] cs.bham.ac.uk) in order to discuss the funding of your studies (such as available postgraduate studentships and other potential sources of Ph.D. funding).

Postdoctoral Research Fellows. I am happy to discuss postdoc opportunities in my group, also potentially through fellowships such as those offered through the Netwon Fund or EU Skłodowska-Curie Actions.


Visiting Students, 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 our research work.


Recent Papers

Anticipatory Mobile Computing: A Survey of the State of the Art and Research Challenges
Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
Submitted for Publication. Preprint available on ArXiv: arXiv:1306.2356
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

SenSocial: A Middleware for Integrating Online Social Networks and Mobile Sensing Data Streams

Abhinav Mehrotra, Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 15th ACM/IFIP/USENIX International Middleware Conference (ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware 2014). Bordeaux, France. December 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

It's the Way you Check-in: Identifying Users in Location-Based Social Networks
Luca Rossi and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Online Social Networks (ACM COSN'14). Dublin, Ireland. October 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

InterruptMe:
Designing Intelligent Prompting Mechanisms for Pervasive Applications
Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (ACM UbiComp'14). Seattle, WA, USA. September 2014. Best Paper Nominee (top 4%).
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Anticipatory Mobile Computing for Behaviour Change Interventions
Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science (ACM MCSS'14). Colocated with ACM UbiComp'14. Seattle, WA, USA. September 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Ethnic Structure in Global Naming Networks
Kira Kowalska, Paul Longley and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2014) - Extended Abstracts. Vienna, Austria. September 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

The Uncertainty of Identity Toolset: Analysing Digital Traces for User Profiling

Muhammad Adnan, Antonio Lima, Luca Rossi, Suresh Veluru, Paul Longley, Mirco Musolesi and Muttukrishnan Rajarajan.
In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Security Information and Networks. Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. September 2014. ACM Press. Best Human Factors and Biometrics Paper.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Coding Together at Scale: GitHub as a Collaborative Social Network
Antonio Lima, Luca Rossi and Mirco Musolesi

In Proceedings of the 8th AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM'14). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. June 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Facebook Friends Closer: A Multiplex Network Approach to the Analysis of Offline and Online Social Ties
Desislava Hristova, Mirco Musolesi and Cecilia Mascolo
In Proceedings of the 8th AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM'14). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. June 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]


You are What you Eat (and Drink): Identifying Cultural Boundaries by Analyzing Food & Drink Habits in Foursquare
Thiago Silva, Pedro Vaz De Melo, Jussara Almeida, Mirco Musolesi and Antonio Louriero
In Proceedings of the 8th AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM'14). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. June 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Software Engineering for Mobility: Reflecting on the Past, Peering into the Future
Gian Pietro Picco, Christine Julien, Amy L. Murphy, Mirco Musolesi and Gruia-Catalin Roman
In Proceedings of the 36th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'14). Future of Software Engineering Track. Hyderabad, India. June 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Big Mobile Data Mining: Good or Evil?
Mirco Musolesi
In IEEE Internet Computing.  Volume 18. Issue 1. January-February 2014.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions
Manlio De Domenico, Antonio Lima and Mirco Musolesi
In Pervasive and Mobile Computing. Volume 9. Issue 6. December 2013. Elsevier.
Extended version of the paper originally submitted for the Nokia Mobile Data Challenge.
[PDF]  [ArXiv version]  [BibTeX]  [Project website]

The Anatomy of a Scientific Rumor
Manlio De Domenico, Antonio Lima, Paul Mougel and Mirco Musolesi
Nature Scientific Reports. 3:2980. Nature Publishing Group. October 2013.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]  [Videos]


Smartphones for Large-Scale Behaviour Change Intervention
Neal Lathia, Veljko Pejovic, Kiran Rachuri, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi and Peter J. Rentfrow
In IEEE Pervasive Computing. Volume 12. Issue 3. July-September 2013.
[PDF]  [BibTeX

Exploiting Cellular Data for Disease Containment and Information Campaigns Strategies in Country-wide Epidemics
Antonio Lima, Manlio De Domenico, Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets (NetMob'13). Boston, Massachusetts, USA. May 2013. Winner of the Data for Development Challenge Best Overall Prize.
[PDF]  [BibTeX

The Rebirth of Locality: Information, People and Places in a Connected World
Antonio Lima and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 1st Geographic Human-Computer Interaction Workshop. Colocated with ACM CHI'13. Paris, France. April 2013.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Graph Metrics for Temporal Networks
Vincenzo Nicosia, John Tang, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi, Giovanni Russo and Vito Latora
Book Chapter in Petter Home and Jari Saramaki (Editors). Temporal Networks. Springer. 2013.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Applications of Temporal Graph Metrics to Real-World Networks
John Tang, Ilias Leontiadis, Salvatore Scellato, Vincenzo Nicosia, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi and Vito Latora
Book Chapter in Petter Holme and Jari Saramaki (Editors). Temporal Networks. Springer. 2013.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Spatial Dissemination Metrics for Location-based Social Networks
Antonio Lima and Mirco Musolesi
Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Workshop on Location-Based Social Networks (LBSN 2012). Colocated with ACM UbiComp 2012. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. September 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Community Detection Using Cooperative Co-evolutionary Differential Evolution
Qiang Huang, Thomas White, Guanbo Jia, Mirco Musolesi, Nil Turan, Ke Tang, Shan He, John, K. Heath, Xin Yao
In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XII).  Springer.  Taormina, Italy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7492. September 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions
Manlio De Domenico, Antonio Lima and Mirco Musolesi
Proceedings of the Nokia Mobile Data Challenge Workshop. Colocated with Pervasive 2012. Newcastle, United Kingdom.  June 2012. Winning Entry of the Nokia Mobile Data Open Challenge.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]  [Project website] [Extended journal version]

STOP: Socio-Temporal Opportunistic Patching of Short Range Mobile Malware
John Tang, Hyoungshick Kim, Cecilia Mascolo and Mirco Musolesi.
In Proceedings of the 13th IEEE Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WOWMOM'12). San Francisco, California, USA. June 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Energy-Accuracy Trade-offs of Sensor Sampling in Smart Phone Based Sensing Systems
Kiran K. Rachuri, Cecilia Mascolo and Mirco Musolesi
Book Chapter in Mobile Context Awareness.
Tom Lovett and Eamonn O'Neill (Eds). Springer. April 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Chaos. American Institute of Physics. Volume 22. Issue 2. April 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]


Community Detection in Social and Biological Networks using Differential Evolution
Guanbo Jia, Zixing Cai, Mirco Musolesi, Yong Wang, Dan Tennant, Ralf Weber, John Heath and Shan He.
Proceedings of the 6th Learning and Intelligent Optimization Conference (LION 6). Paris, France. Springer. January 2012.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]


[Complete list of my publications and my Google Scholar Page]





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