He is interested in the relationship between online and offline worlds and his work has been focusing in the areas of urban informatics. He was General Chair for AAAI ICWSM and Track Chair for ACM WWW. He has been co-editor of Computer Communications Journal Special Issue on Online Social Networks (Elsevier) 2014 and for the Special issue on Personality in Personalized systems (UMUAI) 2014. His research has been published in leading venues including ICSE, Ubicomp, ICDM, CSCW, RecSys, WSDM, and WWW, received a best paper award from ACM Ubicomp and from AAAI ICWSM, and an honorable mention from AAAI ICWSM, and has been featured on more than 90 international news outlets. He spoke at TED, wrote for BBC, and has been named one of Fortune magazine’s 2014 Data All-Stars. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked on social networks in a city context, then a Horizon senior researcher at The Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and, after that, a Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona. He received his PhD from UC London.
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