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

Xian Teng

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

Yongsu Ahn

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: visual analytics, fair and explainable AI, interactive machine learning

Muheng Yan

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

Rr. Nefriana

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: socio-demographic measurement, community dynamics

Ahana Biswas

PhD Student in Information Science
Research: social & heterogeneous graph mining

Ahmed Diab

PhD Student in Computer Science
Research: social media analysis, AI for information integrity and accountability

Alumni & Former Collaborating Students

Ju Yeon Park

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Essex, UK     

Claudia Lopez

Academic instructor (Assistant Professor), UTFSM, Chile     

Shaghayegh Sahebi (Sherry)

Assistant Professor, SUNY Albany     

Patrick Duddas

(Interim) Director of the Center for Immersive Experiences, Penn State University

Xidao Wen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Tsinghua University              

Ali Mert Ertugrul

Data Scientist,              

Ang Li

Research Scientist, Spotify, Inc.              

Kai Wei

Applied Scientist, Amazon     

Xingsheng He

Data Scientist, Taobao, Inc.              

Mengdi Wang

Ph.D student in Intelligent Systems        

Saeed Javadi

Ph.D student in Information Science     

Zhuoyu Shi

Ph.D student at University of Southern California        

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