About Manuel Cebrian
Dr. Manuel Cebrian is principal research scientist with the Data61 Unit at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia; and a founding member of Scalable
Cooperation, an MIT Media Lab research group in Cambridge, USA. His work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences. Cebrian's primary interest is understanding how social networking can make it easier to find people and solve real-world problems.
Cebrian came to CSIRO from the University of California at San Diego, where he was involved in large-scale crowdsourcing competitions. Before that, he worked at Brown University developing optimization techniques, including what was, at the time, one of the world's fastest protein folding algorithm.
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
. His work is best illustrated by his
victories in the DARPA Network Challenge
as well as the Department of State Tag Challenge
, but most importantly, by his brutal defeat in the DARPA
, the first case of large-scale sabotage to crowdsourcing ever studied.
A summary of Cebrian's body of work can be found in Nautilus, Medium, and Madri+d. Recent articles by Nature, The
Economist, and New
Scientist highlight Cebrian's contributions to crowdsourcing, put in perspective by his brief history of social search.
Links to: Contact Information, Medium, Art, Fiction.
The Nightmare Machine, P. Yanardag, M. Cebrian, N. Obradovich, I. Rahwan. Instagram, Washington Post,
Vice, Boston Globe, FiveThirtyEight.
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.
Beyond Viral, M. Cebrian, I. Rahwan, and A. Pentland, Communications of the ACM, 59:4, 2016. MIT Sloan Management Review; accompanying film and art book.
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
Atlantic, Forbes, Motherboard, MIT Sloan Management Review,Washington Post,
Vice, Boston Globe, FiveThirtyEight.
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 Manuel.Cebrian@data61.csiro.au.
Questions about the Research Group should be directed to Mark Cardy at Mark.Cardy@data61.csiro.au.
Media inquiries should be directed to Sophie Schmidt at Sophie.Schmidt@data61.csiro.au.
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