About Manuel Cebrian
Dr. Manuel Cebrian is principal research scientist with the Data61 Unit at CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia. He
is currently the Scholar-in-Residence at Graphext, a platform for creating
vertical knowledge networks from digital feeds and
finding expertise in the public conversation. Cebrian is a founding member of
Cooperation, an MIT Media Lab research group. He serves as a member
of UNICEF Advisory Board for Data Science and has held positions with the University of
California at San Diego, MIT, Brown University, Telefonica Research, as well as IMDEA Networks and Facebook, where he
was a visiting scientist. Cebrian earned a Ph.D. in
computer science from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where his thesis
received the Dissertation of the Year Award for his pioneering work on
Cebrian's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social
sciences. His primary interests include social and financial
networks, crowdsourcing, urban economics, and behavioral game theory. Cebrian's contributions were recognized with the Richard E. Newton Award for Excellence in Research in 2015. His
work has been supported by grants from Google, the Australian Research
Council, the US National Science
Foundation, DARPA, the US Army Research Office, the Spanish Ministry of
Science and Technology, and the Masdar Institute of the United Arab
Cebrian is particularly interested in understanding to what extent
can social networking make it easier to find people and solve real-world problems. His efforts are best illustrated by his
victories in the 2009
DARPA Network Challenge and the
2012 Department of State Tag Challenge, an most importantly, his brutal defeat in the 2011 DARPA
Shredder Challenge the first case of large-scale crowdsourcing sabotage ever studied. Recent articles by Nature, The
Economist, and New
Scientist summarize the exciting challenges in this area, put in perspective by a brief history of social search.
PARADOX, an iPhone app that displays trending places based on the Friendship Paradox: PARADOX on the App Store.
Viewpoint: Beyond Viral, M. Cebrian, I. Rahwan and A. Pentland, Communications of the ACM, 59:4, 2016. Accompanying film and art book.
Rapid assessment of disaster damage using social media activity, Y. Kryvasheyeu, H. Chen, N. Obradovich, E. Moro, P. Van Hentenryck, J. Fowler, and
M. Cebrian, Science Advances 2,
e1500779 (2016). Science Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Michigan Daily, Die Welt, Deutschlandfunk, Dagens Nyheter, Science News, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Altmetric. Dataset available at Dryad Digital Repository.
media fingerprints of unemployment, A. Llorente,
M. Garcia-Herranz, M. Cebrian, E. Moro, PLoS ONE
10(5):e0128692 (2015). MIT
Technology Review, The
Evolution of privacy loss in Wikipedia,
M.A. Rizou, L. Xie, T. Caetano, and M. Cebrian,
ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, San Francisco, USA (2016). The Advertiser, Wikimedia Research Showcase, Australian National University.
For a comprehensive list of publications, check Cebrian's Google Scholar profile,
his Research Gate profile, his Semantic Scholar profile,
or his DBLP bibliography;
additional media coverage can be found in his personal webpage.
A more literary narrative about Cebrian's body of work can be found in Nautilus
and Medium, and Madri+d.
Time-critical social mobilization,
G. Pickard, W. Pan, I. Rahwan, M. Cebrian, R. Crane, A. Madan, and A. Pentland, Science 334(6055):509-512
(2011). New York Times, Rachel Madow, MSNBC,
MIT News, IEEE Multimedia, Science News.
attributable to density-driven tie formation, W. Pan,
G. Ghoshal, C. Krumme, M. Cebrian, and A. Pentland, Nature
Communications 4, 1961 (2013). Featured in PNAS Core Concepts in Computational Social Science, New
York Times, The
Atlantic Cities, The
Economist, Smithsonian, MIT
News. See related work on Urban Crime, covered by CIO, and our analysis the capacity of cities to Organize Events.
social mobilization, A. Rutherford, M. Cebrian, S. Dsouza,
E. Moro, A. Pentland, and I. Rahwan, Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences of the USA 110(16):6281-6286 (2013). NBC, Yahoo!
Gazette, La Repubblica.
Error and attack tolerance of collective
problem solving: The DARPA Shredder Challenge,
N. Stefanovitch, A. Alshamsi, M. Cebrian, I. Rahwan, EPJ Data
Science 3:13 (2014). Medium, Nautilus,
Diego Union-Tribune, UC
San Diego News I, UC
San Diego News II, KPBS,
friends as sensors to detect global-scale contagious
outbreaks, M. Garcia-Herranz, E. Moro, M. Cebrian,
N. Christakis, and J. Fowler, PLoS ONE 9(4):e92413
Technology Review, Yale
University News, Chronicle,
Carlos III de Madrid, Huffington
Social sensing for epidemiological behavior
change, A. Madan, M. Cebrian, D. Lazer, and A. Pentland,
Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous
Computing (Ubicomp) pp. 291-300, Copenhagen, Denmark
(2010). Ginger.io, Nature News.
Reflecting on the DARPA Red Balloon
Challenge, J. Tang, M. Cebrian, N. Giacobe, H-W. Kim, T. Kim,
and D. Wickert, Communications of the ACM 54(4):78-85
Finding red balloons with split contracts: robustness to individuals' selfishness,
M. Cebrian, L. Coviello, A. Vattani, and P. Voulgaris,
Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
(STOC) pp. 775-788, New York, USA (2012). Talk
contest dilemma, V. Naroditskiy, N. Jennings, P. Van
Hentenryck, M. Cebrian, Journal of The Royal Society
Interface 11:20140532 (2014). Social
Physics Blog, The
Radio, Quartz, LifeHacker, The
Conversation, University of Southampton.
Global manhunt pushes the limits
of social mobilization, I. Rahwan, S. Dsouza, A. Rutherford,
V. Naroditskiy, J. McInerney, M. Venanzi, N. Jennings, and M. Cebrian,
Computer 46(4):68-75 (2013). Scientific
Technology Review, New
communication capacity unveils strategies for human interaction,
G. Miritello, R. Lara, M. Cebrian, and E. Moro, Scientific
Reports 3, 1950 (2013). Seminar at UCLA's Mathematics of Social
English coverage: New York Times, The Economist, Popular Science, Nature News, New Scientist, The Atlantic, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Nautilus, Medium, The Antantic's Citylab, Yale News, The Conversation, The Australian, MIT Technology Review, The Australian, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CIO, Transparency International, Arts Hub, Mx, Science News, Science Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Die Welt, Deutschlandfunk, Dagens Nyheter.
Spanish coverage: El Pais, El Mundo, Cinco Dias, Muy Interesante, El Confidencial, Ahora Semanal, RTVE, Cinco Dias, El Pais, Madri+d, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Cadena Ser.
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Scientific correspondence should be directed to Dr. Cebrian at Manuel.Cebrian@data61.csiro.au.
Questions about the Research Group should be directed to Mark Cardy at Ashleigh.Nelson@data61.csiro.au.
Media inquiries should be directed to Elizabeth Mckenzie at Elizabeth.Mckenzie@data61.csiro.au.
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