Northeastern has an unprecedented 7 papers appearing in IMC 2015!
Congrats to Le, Ancsa, Yabing, Liang, and Arash!
Exciting news about grants. We are the proud recipients of one of the inaugural
Data Transparency Lab
grants! We also received an award from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund to build a public version of
our tools for detecting online price discrimination.
Congrats to Xiaofeng
on her first accepted paper, to appear at
ICWSM 2015. The PDF will be available after the camera ready deadline later in March.
Our work on uncovering personalization algorithms is part of this weeks cover story
in New Scientist!
The CBS Evening News ran a piece on our price discrimination work, including an interview with yours truly. The video can be found here
The full text of our IMC 2014 paper on price discrimination and steering on e-commerce sites is now available
and on the Personalization Research Group page here
Our new site dedicated to our research on personalization algorithms, the Filter Bubble, and algorithmic society is now online
. Compliments to NEU undergrad Gary Soeller for the swanky design.
If you are looking for me, make sure to come by my new office in 248 WVH!
on Facebook's secret news-feed personalization algorithm, with quotes by yours truly.
Alan, David Lazer, and myself are the happy recipients of a new NSF CHS Medium grant, entitled "Towards Transparency of Personalization on the Web". This grant will fund our ongoing work on online personalization and the Filter Bubble.
Congrats to Ancsa, Liang, and Zhenhua on their three accepted papers at IMC 2014! These papers cover several different topics: online price discrimination, Heartbleed and SSL certificate revocation, and the network-level characteristics of cloud storage systems. Vancouver, here we come!
Congrats to Yabing, Chloe, Ancsa, Raphael, Diego, and João on gettings three papers accepted to ICWSM 2014!
The full text of our TKDD journal paper on detecting and analyzing social Sybils is
. This work is an extension of our IMC 2011 paper of
the same title.
Two of our papers have recently been accepted as journal articles in TWEB and TKDD. Copies
will be made available online as soon as the ACM editors proof the camera readies.
Congratulations to Le and Chi on their first ever accepted paper! "Tweeting
Under Pressure: Analyzing Trending Topics and Evolving Word Choice on Sina Weibo"
will appear at COSN 2013.
and myself are the
proud recipients of a shiny new NSF CNS grant. It feels great to finally be funded!
The journal version of the IMC 2010 Renren latent interaction paper has been accepted
to ACM Transactions on the Web. Links to the new journal version of the paper and
publication info will be posted when available.
Congratulations to Gang and Tristan on their Usenix Security 2013 paper!
The paper leverages clickstream analysis and clustering to identify
fake accounts on Renren (and LinkedIn).
The website for the new ACM social networks mega-conference, COSN, is
. Paper submissions are due June 28!
The camera ready
for our WWW paper on Google Search personalization are now available.
Our paper on measuring the personalization of Google Search results has been accepted to WWW 2013.
Congrats to Ancsa, Piotr, and Arash! Rio, here we come!
The journal version of the Eurosys 2009 Facebook interaction paper is appearing in the November issue of
Transactions on the Web.
Our paper on crowdsourced detection of Sybil accounts on social networks has been accepted to NDSS 2013.
The pre-print can be found on arxiv
. Congrats to Gang
The website for my fall class, CS 4700 / CS 5700 Network Fundamentals, is
. Slides, homeworks, and projects will be
put online as I complete them.
Our new paper "Multi-scale Dynamics in a Massive Online Social Network" has been accepted to IMC 2012.
Congrats to Xiaohan!
I received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Computer Science from UCSB.
It's official: my days at UCSB are numbered. Starting September 1, I will be
Professor Wilson of Northeastern University!
January 30, 2012
The crowdturfing paper got accepted to WWW 2012!
January 6, 2012
Very evocative piece on our crowdturfing work, this time from the Boston Globe
December 13, 2011
More crowdturfing coverage, this time on Slashdot
December 12, 2011
MIT Technology Review has an article
covering our study (Arxiv pre-print
) on evil
crowd-sourcing services, a.k.a. crowdturfing
. Our study focuses on the so called Chinese
"Water Army," but be warned that we have also found crowdturfing sites targeting the U.S. Web as well.
December 6, 2011
The journal version of our Eurosys 2009 paper has been accepted to ACM Transactions on the Web. Links
to the new journal version of the paper and publication info will be posted when available.
September 26, 2011
I am TAing the Fall CS 276
class. If you need me, I
can be reached by email, and I'm usually in my office (trailer 936, near Phelps, behind Chemistry) during the day.
Office hours are at 1 on Thursdays.
August 16, 2011
The paper that resulted from my internship last summer at Microsoft Research Cambridge
received the Honorable Mention Award at SIGCOMM 2011. The paper, Better Never than Late:
Meeting Deadlines in Datacenter Networks
, is available here
October 22, 2010
Our work on detecting spam on Facebook has been featured in MIT's Technology Review.
for the article, which includes one of my Illustrator diagrams.
August 17, 2010
I am one of the featured interns at Microsoft Research for 2010.
has the story; my section is towards the middle.