Principal Investigator

Yu-Ru Lin

Associate Professor at the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. She is a computer scientist by training, with research interests include data science, visualization, and computational social science. She has worked extensively on computational methodologies for mining, analyzing and visualizing large-scale, time-varying, heterogeneous, multi-relational, and semi-structured data. Her current research focuses on tracking and modeling collective behavior from big data sets, including data from social media and sensing technologies, for understanding human and social dynamics, particularly under exogenous events including disasters.

PhD Students

Xidao Wen

PhD Candidate in Information Science
Research: spatiotemporal data mining, disaster & event analytics

Mert Ertugrul

Visiting PhD Student
Research: data science, machine learning, spatiotemporal modeling, event analytics

Xian Teng

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: anomaly detection, dynamic networks, temporal process modeling

Saeed Javadi

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: urban analysis, dynamic networks

Yongsu An

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: visual analytics, social network analysis, dynamic networks

Muheng Yan

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: machine learning, social network analysis, community dynamics

Alumni & Former Collaborating Students

Claudia Lopez

Academic instructor, UTFSM, Chile     

Shaghayegh Sahebi (Sherry)

Assistant Professor, SUNY Albany     

Patrick Duddas

Faculty Research Associate, Applied Research Lab, Penn State University

Mengdi Wang

Ph.D student in Intelligent Systems     

Xingsheng He

Ph.D student in University of Science and Technology of China

Kai Wei

Ph.D student in School of Social Work     

Yihang Lu

Ph.D student at Arizona State University

Di Jin

Ph.D student at University of Michigan

Daheng Wang

Ph.D student at University of Notre Dame

Ruoxuan Cheng

Data Analyst at ShipMatrix