Who We Are? Meet Our Team!

Adam Tsakalidis

PhD Candidate

Adam Tsakalidis is a PhD candidate (PhD in Urban Science) with the University of Warwick (Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities). His research focuses primarily on social media mining and natural language processing.

Symeon Papadopoulos

Post-doc Researcher

Symeon Papadopoulos is a computer scientist, currently working as a research associate at the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory (MKLab) of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI). His research interests include social network analysis, machine learning, social media mining and information retrieval.

Bo Wang

PhD Candidate

Bo Wang is a PhD candidate with the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. His research focuses primarily on social media mining and natural language processing.

Arkaitz Zubiaga

Post-doc Researcher

Arkaitz Zubiaga is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. He has been involved in different research projects in the US and the EU, and his research interests broadly lie in the study of social media, especially from a computational perspective, but also bridging the gap between other disciplines such as Journalism or Psychology. His recent research has focussed on curation and verification of social media in the context of emergency situations.

Yiwei Zhou

PhD Candidate

Yiwei Zhou is a PhD candidate from Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. His research focuses on sentiment analysis and topic modelling.

Maria Liakata

Assistant Professor

Maria Liakata is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick and Exchange Assistant Professor at the Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University (NYU). She holds an IBM Faculty Award for studying “Emotion sensing using heterogeneous mobile phone data” and she is a co-investigator on the EU Project PHEME on investigating rumours in social media. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford on the topic of inducing domain theories and her research interests include knowledge discovery from text, natural language processing for social media analysis, sentiment analysis, emotion recognition from text, biomedical text mining.

Rob Procter

Professor

Rob Procter is Professor of Social Informatics and deputy head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick. He is also research director of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC), the UK partner of the NYU-led Center for Urban Science and Progress. Rob led a multidisciplinary team working with the Guardian/LSE analysing tweets sent during the August 2011 riots. This won the Data Visualization and Storytelling category of the 2012 Data Journalism Awards and the 2012 Online Media Award for the ‘Best use of Social Media’. Current projects include development of computer-based tools for determining the veracity of rumours in social media.

Alexandra I. Cristea

Associate Professor (Reader)

Alexandra I. Cristea is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Computer Science (DCS), coordinator of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems research group and member of the Behavioural Science group. Her research includes user modelling, personalisation, semantic & social web. In the EU FP7 project BLOGFOREVER, she and her team extracted semantics from unstructured information, such as blogs. Current research includes extraction of sentiment from Twitter, Wikipedia and the impact of sentiments on Health website usage.

Richard Fletcher

Post-doc Researcher

Richard Fletcher is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Journalism at City University London, and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. His research focusses on the use of social media within the context of journalism. He has previously worked on the EU-funded SocialSensor project, and is also currently working on the 2015 Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

Steve Schifferes

Professor

Steve Schifferes is Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City University London. He was Principal investigator at City for the EU social sensor project on searching social media for trending news stories. While a fellow at the Oxford University Internet Institute, he examined the role of online media in covering UK and US elections. In his previous role as a BBC journalist, he coordinated online coverage of the key issues during the UK general elections in 2001 and 2005, and has covered UK general elections for television since 1983.

Yiannis Kompatsiaris

Senior Researcher

Yiannis Kompatsiaris is a Senior Researcher at CERTH-ITI and the Head of the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory. His research interests include semantic multimedia analysis, indexing and retrieval, social media and big data analysis, knowledge structures, reasoning and personalization for multimedia applications, eHealth and environmental applications. He was the lead guest editor of the “Social Media as Sensors” special issue in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the co-ordinator of the EU funded IP: “SocialSensor: Sensing User Generated Input for Improved Media Discovery and Experience”.

Manos Schinas

PhD Candidate

Manos Schinas is a PhD candidate with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Intelligent Systems & Software Engineering Lab). His PhD topic focuses on event detection and summarization in social media. Also, he works as a research associate at the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory (MKLab) of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI). His recent research interests include data mining and information retrieval in social media.

Lazaros Apostolidis

Front End Developer

Lazaros Apostolidis is currently specializing in Data Visualization with latest web technologies as part of his work as a Research Assistant at the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory (MKLab) of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI). His main research interests lie in the areas of web design and development and social media mining.