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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

- Our paper "Explaining the Power-Law Distribution of Human Mobility Through Transportation Modality Decomposition
" has been accepted for publication in Nature Scientific Reports. The paper is available as Open Access article here.

- Two papers accepted at AAAI ICWSM'15. The paper "Privacy and the City: User Identification and Location Semantics in Location-Based Social Networks" discusses the role of location semantics in user identification. "On the k-Anonymization of Time-varying and Multi-layer Social Graphs" presents anonymization techniques for temporal and multi-layer graphs.
The camera ready version of the papers will be online soon, please contact me if you are interested in the meanwhile.

- Our review paper "Anticipatory Mobile Computing: A Survey of the State of the Art and Research Challenges" has been accepted for publication in ACM Computing Surveys.

- The MoodTraces app has been released. The data collected by means of this mobile app will be used to analyse the correlation between mood and mobility patterns of individuals. If you have an Android phone please download the app!

- 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.



Upcoming Events

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

- 35th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2016) [PC Member]
- 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (ACM CSCW 2016) [PC Member]
- 16th ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware Conference (Middleware'15) [PC Member]
- 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (ACM UbiComp 2015) [PC Member]
- 9th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (AAAI ICWSM'15) [Senior PC Member]
- 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015) - Social Networks and Graph Analysis Track [PC Member]
- 1st ACM Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems and Applications for Civilian Use (ACM DroNet'15) [PC Member]
- 4th International Conference on the Analysis of Mobile Phone Datasets (NetMob'15) [PC Member]
- 12th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (IEEE UIC 2015) [PC Co-chair]
- 35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2015) [PC Member]
- 1st Workshop on Data Mining and Smart Cities Applications (DAMASCA 2015) colocated with IEEE ICDE 2015 [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]

[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;
- Computational social 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)


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

- Luca Canzian (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.


Preprints

Spatio-temporal Techniques for User Identification by means of GPS Mobility Data
Luca Rossi and Mirco Musolesi
Submitted for Publication. Preprint available on arXiv: arXiv:1501.06814
[PDF]  [BibTeX]



Recent Publications

Privacy and the City: User Identification and Location Semantics in Location-Based Social Networks
Luca Rossi, Matthew Williams, Christopher Stich, and Mirco Musolesi
In Proceedings of the 9th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (AAAI ICWSM'15). Oxford, United Kingdom. May 2015. Accepted for Publication. To Appear.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

On the k-Anonymization of Time-varying and Multi-layer Social Graphs
Luca Rossi, Mirco Musolesi and Andrea Torsello
In Proceedings of the 9th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (AAAI ICWSM'15). Oxford, United Kingdom. May 2015. Accepted for Publication. To Appear.
[PDF]  [BibTex]

Explaining the Power-Law Distribution of Human Mobility Through Transportation Modality Decomposition
Kai Zhao, Mirco Musolesi, Pan Hui, Weixiong Rao and Sasu Tarkoma
In Nature Scientific Reports. 5:9136. Nature Publishing Group. March 2015.
[PDF]  [HTML]  [BibTeX]

Anticipatory Mobile Computing: A Survey of the State of the Art and Research Challenges
Veljko Pejovic and Mirco Musolesi
In ACM Computing Surveys. 2015. Accepted for Publication. To Appear.
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]


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





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Last updated: 20 March 2015

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