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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 (direct): +44 (0) 121 414 4763

Twitter: @mircomusolesi





Postdoctoral Research Fellow Available

I have currently a Postdoctoral Fellow opening in the areas of big data analytics and network science. You can find more details (and apply) here.


What's New

- Three papers accepted at 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.

- I co-authored a paper about current and future challenges and open research questions in software engineering for mobile systems that will be 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 of using 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).

- Our paper on "Spatial Dissemination Metrics for Location-based Social Networks" has been accepted at the 4th ACM International Workshop on Location-Based Social Networks (ACM LBSN 2012), colocated with ACM UbiComp 2012.
 
- 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 (currently submitted for publication) can be found here. A website of the project is available here.


Upcoming Events


- If you are interested in network science and its applications to real-world problems, you might consider attending the International Summer School in Complex Networks, which will take place in July 2014 in Bertinoro, Italy.

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

    - 34 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2015) [PC Member]
    - 2nd ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (ACM COSN'14) [PC Member]
    - 8th AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2014) [PC Member]
    - 23rd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2014) [PC Member]
    - ACM Web Science 2014 Conference (ACM WebSci 2014) [PC Member]
    - 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (ACM/IEEE Mobiquitous 2014) [PC Member]
    - 33rd IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2014) [PC Member]
   - 34rd IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS 2014) - Social Networks, Crowdsourcing and P2P Track [PC Member]
    - 6th IEEE Conference on Social Computing (IEEE SocialCom 2014)
[PC Member]
    - 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2014) [PC Member]
    - 12th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (IEEE PerCom 2014) - Work in Progress Track [PC Member]
    - 6th IEEE International Workshop on Network Science for Communication Networks (IEEE NetSciCom'14) at IEEE INFOCOM 2014 [PC Member]   
    - 6th IEEE Annual Workshop on Simplifying Complex Networks for Practitioners (SIMPLEX 2014) at WWW 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 fairly broad and rather interdisciplinary. Current areas of interest include:

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

The current members of my group are:

    - Antonio Lima (PhD Student)
    - Abhinav Mehrotra (PhD Student)
    - Theofania (Fani) Tsapeli (PhD Student)
    - Atieh Mirshahvalad (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
    - Veljko Pejovic (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
    - Luca Rossi (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 have currently a Postdoctoral Fellow opening in the areas of big data analytics and network science. You can find more details (and apply) here.
 

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]

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. Accepted for Publication. To Appear.
[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]  [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]


SociableSense: Exploring the Trade-offs of Adaptive Sampling and Computation Offloading for Social Sensing
Kiran K. Rachuri, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi, and Peter J. Rentfrow

In Proceedings of the 17th Annual ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom'11), Las Vegas, USA. September 2011.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

NextPlace: A Spatio-temporal Prediction Framework for Pervasive Systems
Salvatore Scellato, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo, Vito Latora and Andrew T. Campbell
In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive'11). San Francisco, California, USA. June 2011.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Exploiting Temporal Complex Network Metrics in Mobile Malware Containment
John Tang, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi and Vito Latora
In Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WOWMOM'11). Lucca, Italy. June 2011.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Track Globally, Deliver Locally: Improving Content Delivery Networks by Tracking Geographic Social Cascades

Salvatore Scellato, Cecilia Mascolo, Mirco Musolesi and Jon Crowcroft.
In Proceedings of the 20th World Wide Web Conference  (WWW'11). Hyderabad, India. March 2011.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

EmotionSense: A Mobile Phones based Adaptive Platform for Experimental Social Psychology Research
Kiran K. Rachuri, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo, Peter J. Rentfrow, Chris Longworth and Andrius Aucinas
In Proceedings of 12th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'10). Copenhagen, Denmark. September 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Energy Accuracy Trade-offs in Querying Sensor Data for Continuous Sensing Mobile Systems
Kiran K. Rachuri, Mirco Musolesi and Cecilia Mascolo
In Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Mobile Context Awareness: Capabilities, Challenges and Applications. Colocated with ACM UbiComp'10. Copenhagen, Denmark. September 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Distance Matters: Geo-social Metrics for Online Social Networks
Salvatore ScellatoCecilia Mascolo , Mirco Musolesi and Vito Latora
In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN'10). Colocated with USENIX'10. Boston, MA, USA. June 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

On Nonstationarity of Human Contact Networks
Salvatore Scellato, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo and Vito Latora
In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Simplifying Complex Networks for Practitioners (SIMPLEX'10). Colocated with IEEE ICDCS'10. Genova, Italy. June 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]


MetroTrack: Predictive Tracking of Mobile Events using Mobile Phones
Gahng-Seop Ahn, Mirco Musolesi, Hong Lu, Reza Olfati-Saber and Andrew T. Campbell
In Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS'10). Santa Barbara, California, USA. June 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Small-world Behavior in Time-varying Graphs
John Tang, Salvatore Scellato, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo and Vito Latora
Physical Review E. Volume 81, Number 5.  055101(R). May 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Supporting Energy-Efficient Uploading Strategies for Continuous Sensing Applications on Mobile Phones
Mirco Musolesi, Mattia Piraccini, Kristof Fodor, Antonio Corradi and Andrew T. Campbell.
In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive'10). Helsinki, Finland. May 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]


Analysing Information Flows and Key Mediators through Temporal Centrality Metrics
John Tang, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo and Vito Latora and Vincenzo Nicosia.
In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Workshop on Social Network Systems (SNS'10). Colocated with ACM SIGOPS EuroSys'10. Paris, France. April 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

Characterising Temporal Distance and Reachability in Mobile and Online Social Networks
John Tang, Mirco Musolesi, Cecilia Mascolo and Vito Latora.
In ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review. Volume 40. Number 1. January 2010.
[PDF]  [BibTeX]

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



It is true that software cannot exercise its powers of lightness except through the weight of hardware. But it is the software that gives the orders, acting on the outside world and on machines that exist only as functions of software and evolve so that they can work out ever more complex programs. The second industrial revolution, unlike the first, does not present us with such crushing images as rolling mills and molten steel, but with "bits" in a flow of information travelling along circuits in the form of electronic impulses. The iron machines still exist, but they obey the orders of weightless bits.

Italo Calvino, from Leggerezza - Lightness in Lezioni Americane - Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1988).


Ideas as made up of several simple ones put together I call Complex; such as are Beauty, Gratitude, a Man, an Army, the Universe.

John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690).



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