About Manuel Cebrian
Dr. Manuel Cebrian is principal research scientist with the Data61 Unit at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Melbourne, Australia. He
is currently the Scholar-in-Residence at Graphext, a platform for framing complex questions in a network context. Cebrian is a founding member of
Cooperation, a MIT Media Lab research group. He earned a PhD in
computer science from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where his thesis
received the dissertation of the year award for his work on
plagiarism networks. Cebrian's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social
sciences. His primary interest is understanding how social networking can make it easier to find people and solve real-world problems. His work is best illustrated by his
victories in the 2009
DARPA Network Challenge and the
2012 Department of State Tag Challenge, and most importantly, his brutal defeat in the 2011 DARPA
Shredder Challenge, the first case of large-scale crowdsourcing sabotage ever studied.
A more literary narrative about Cebrian's body of work can be found in Nautilus
and Medium, and Madri+d. Recent articles by Nature, The
Economist, and New
Scientist summarize Cebrian's contributions to crowdsourcing, put in perspective by his brief history of social search.
Link to: Contact information.
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.
PARADOX, an iPhone app that displays trending places based on the Friendship Paradox: PARADOX on the App Store.
For a comprehensive list of publications, check Cebrian's Google Scholar profile,
his Research Gate profile, his Semantic Scholar profile,
or his DBLP bibliography.
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, and.
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 Antlantic'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, The Advertiser, Wikimedia Research Showcase, Australian National University, MIT
Technology Review, The
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, Nada
Scientific correspondence should be directed to Dr. Cebrian at Cebrian@mit.edu.
Questions about the Research Group should be directed to Mark Cardy at Mark.Cardy@data61.csiro.au.
Media inquiries should be directed to Elizabeth Mckenzie at Elizabeth.Mckenzie@data61.csiro.au.
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