Research Interests

The overarching objective of my research is to leverage online data to understand and improve aspects of the real world, and revolves around the broad area of computational social science. My research tends to be very interdisciplinary, mostly focusing on computational problems in Natural Language Processing and Social Computing, but also making use of domain knowledge from other disciplines such as journalism, psychology and sociology.

Linking online and offline events can be understood as a problem that can be tackled in two different directions, either by modelling the reflection of real world events in online platforms, or by assessing and mitigating the effect of online events in the real world. The list of research interests below is not exhaustive and keeps continually evolving, but it's meant to give a general idea of the kinds of research problems that I work on.

Assessing and mitigating online harms. The Web is often being used for malicious purposes, which puts individuals and society at risk. To mitigate the effect of these malicious actions, there is a need to improve computational methods for tackling hate speech, misinformation, cyberattacks and inequality, among others.

Computational journalism. Online platforms like social media are increasingly being used for newsgathering, which requires computational methods to assist both journalists and end users. Examples of research problems within this line of research include event detection, summarisation of news, recommender systems, fact-checking, finding information sources such as eyewitnesses or development of dashboards to assist with newsgathering.

Political events online. Political opinions are increasingly shared online, which often lead to the organisation of demonstrations offline. Understanding and monitoring these phenomena can help better understand the interplay between the offline and online worlds, e.g. in the context of independence movements.

If you are interested in doing a PhD within these or related areas of research, do get in touch.