My Research Group
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 our research work 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.
- Antonio Lima working in the area of spatial networks and processes
- Abhinav Mehrotra working in the area of context-aware computing
- Christoph Stich working in the area of urban computing
- Theofania (Fani) Tsapeli working in the area of real-time data mining of mobile sensing information and social media
- Luca Rossi (EPSRC-funded "The Uncertainty of Identity" Project)
- Gillian Sandstrom (EPSRC-funded "Trajectory of Depression" Project)
- Matthew Williams (EU-funded "LASAGNE" Project)
Previous Postdoctoral Research Fellows
- Luca Canzian (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2013-14 in the EPSRC-funded "Trajectory of Depression" Project, now at Quascom)
- Veljko Pejovic (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012-2014 involved in the EPSRC-funded "UBhave" Project, now Assistant Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
- Manlio De Domenico (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012-2013 involved in the EPSRC-funded "The Uncertainty of Identity" Project, now Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain)
Previous Visitors and Internees
- Cristina Segalin (Visiting PhD Student in Autumn-Winter 2014 from the University of Verona, now finishing her degree back in Italy)
- Victor Darvariu (Undergraduate Summer Internee in Summer 2014, now finishing his degree in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham)
- James Klee (Undergraduate Summer Internee in Summer 2014, now finishing his degree in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham)
- Thiago Silva (Visiting PhD Student in Autumn 2013 from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Brazil, now Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UFMG)
- Paul Mougel (Visiting Student from INSA Lyon in Summer 2012, France, now finishing his Undergraduate degree back in France)
EPSRC Research Grant: Trajectories of Depression: Investigating the Correlation between Human Mobility Patterns and Mental Health Problems by means of Smartphones (2014-2015)
EPSRC/EU CHIST-ERA ERA-NET Research Grant: MACACO - Mobile context-Adaptive CAching for COntent-centric networking (2014-2017)
EU Research Grant: LASAGNE - multi-LAyer SpAtiotemporal Generalized NEtworks (2012-2015)
EPSRC Research Grant: UBhave: Ubiquitous and Social Computing for Positive Behaviour Change (2011-2014)
EPSRC Research Grant: The Uncertainty of Identity: Linking Spatiotemporal Information between Virtual and Real Worlds (2011-2015)
I am/I have been involved in the following projects:
- EU-funded LASAGNE Project
- EPSRC-funded Trajectory of Depression Project
- EPSRC-funded UBhave Project
- EPSRC-funded The Uncertainty of Identity Project
- EPSRC/EU CHIST-ERA-funded MACACO Project
- EPSRC-funded Trajectories of Depression project
- EPSRC-funded Ubival Project (as Postdoc)
- MetroSense Project (as Postdoc)
- EPSRC-funded CREAM Project (as Research Fellow)
- The Anatomy of a Scientific Rumor (How the rumours about the Higgs boson discovery spread on Twitter)
- Human Mobility Prediction and Nokia Mobile Data Challenge
- Spatio-temporal Network Analysis Project
- The Context-aware Adaptive Routing (CAR) protocol
- SCAR: Context-aware Adaptive Routing for Sensors
- Social Networks founded Mobility Models for Ad Hoc Network Research
- Connectivity Trace Generator (CTG)
- A Million People Project
- XMIDDLE Project: A Middleware for Data Sharing in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
- WSAMI Project: A Middleware Infrastructure for Ambient Intelligence based on Web Service
List of publications ordered by year
List of publications ordered by type
My Google Scholar page
An article about Italian researchers in Cambridge (including me) + some photos of me at the Computer Lab in Il Corriere della Sera, April 2009, in Italian.
EmotionSense press coverage (September-December 2010): BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, ACM Tech News, ComputerWorld
MIT Technology Review article (December 2010) about our work on the use of temporal graph metrics for stopping malware in Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Nokia Mobile Data Challenge 2012 coverage (July/August 2012): BBC video coverage (and blog post), MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Wired, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, Discovery News, Mashable, and Toronto Star. See also Nokia Blog post.
Our work on the spreading of rumours about the Higgs boson discovery on Twitter (January 2013) in The New Scientist (see also this blog entry). More videos related to the study can be found here.
Our work for the Data for Development (D4D) Challenge (May 2013) was covered by the Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica, and Mobile World Live.
Our paper on the data mining techniques for the analysis of cultural boundaries and habits in Foursquare (April 2014) was covered by MIT Technology Review. and Irish Times.
Research Community Scholarly Service
The list of my current and past activities can be found here.
Last updated: 18 April 2015