Dr. Manuel Cebrian is senior scientist with NICTA at the University of
Melbourne. He has held postdoctoral positions both in
academia, at UC San Diego, MIT and Brown University, and industry, with Telefonica's and Facebook's data science teams. 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 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, behavioral game theory, and evolutionary dynamics. His
work has been supported by a Fulbright Award, a Caja Madrid
Foundation Fellowship, and grants from 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 Emirates.
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
participation in the 2009
DARPA Network Challenge, the 2011 DARPA
Shredder Challenge, and the
2012 Department of State Tag Challenge. Recent articles by
Economist, and New
Scientist summarise the exciting challenges in this area.
For a comprehensive list of publications, check Cebrian's Google Scholar profile,
his Research Gate profile
or his DBLP bibliography;
additional media coverage can be found in his personal webpage.
contest dilemma, V. Naroditskiy, N. Jennings, P. Van
Hentenryck, M. Cebrian, Journal of The Royal Society
Interface 11:20140532 (2014). Social
Physics Blog, The
Conversation. Recently published.
crowdsourcing dilemma game, K. Oishi, M. Cebrian, A. Abeliuk,
N. Masuda, Scientific Reports 4, 4100 (2014). Recently published.
detection of contagious outbreaks in massive metropolitan
encounter networks, L. Sun, K. Axhausen, D. Lee, M. Cebrian,
Scientific Reports 4, 5099 (2014).
Future Cities Laboratory. Recently published.
contact tracing via communication traces, K. Farrahi,
R. Emonet, M. Cebrian, PLoS ONE 9(5): e95133 (2014).
Telecom News. Recently published.
friends as sensors to detect global-scale contagious
outbreaks, M. Garcia-Herranz, E. Moro, M. Cebrian,
N. Christakis, J. Fowler, PLoS ONE 9(4):e92413
Technology Review, Yale
University News, Chronicle,
Carlos III de Madrid, Huffington
attributable to density-driven tie formation, W. Pan,
G. Ghoshal, C. Krumme, M. Cebrian, and A. Pentland, Nature
Communications 4, 1961 (2013). New
York Times, The
Atlantic Cities, The
Economist, Smithsonian, MIT
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
Learning, Esteban Moro's Blog, Antena
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!
social mobilization in a global manhunt, A. Rutherford,
M. Cebrian, I. Rahwan, et al.,
PLoS ONE 8(9):e74628 (2013). Scientific
Technology Review, New
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).
in referral-based crowdsourcing, V. Naroditskiy, I. Rahwan,
M. Cebrian, N. Jennings, PLoS ONE 7(10):e45924 (2012).
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
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,
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
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.
Together with close colleagues, Dr. Cebrian contributes to the Social Physics Blog at socialphysics.media.mit.edu.
Scientific correspondence should be directed to Dr. Cebrian at Manuel.Cebrian@nicta.com.au.
Questions about our Research Group should be directed to
Alessandra Stasi at Alessandra.Stasi@nicta.com.au.
Media inquiries should be directed to Dorothy Kennedy at Dorothy.Kennedy@nicta.com.au.
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