**Dr. Yaniv Altshuler**

MIT Media Lab, E15-388

77 *Massachusetts Avenue*

*Cambridge, MA, 02139*

**About me**

I am a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, at the Human Dynamics group
headed by Prof. Alex “Sandy”
Pentland and affiliated with the City
Science Center as well as with the research group of Prof. David Lazer.

I received my Ph.D in Computer Science from the Technion, under the
supervision of Prof. Alfred
Bruckstein and Dr.
Israel Wagner. After I graduated from the Technion and before arriving to
MIT I was a post-doctoral researcher at Deutsche Telekom Lab, working with the
lab’s director, Prof. Yuval Elovici.

I am also an
alumnus of the Technion Chais Excellence program.

I spent 2011-2013
as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT studying networks and the way they evolve
and act as a medium using which people interact. Together with Prof. Pentland I took part in the
creation of the exciting new science of Social Physics.

My research
interests include information diffusion models in social networks and
communities, collective and swarm intelligence, urban computing and
collaborative security methods. A
book I edited on these subjects can be ordered
here.

For the past
decade and in parallel to my academic studies, I have been working as a
researcher for companies such as IBM
and Rafael.

In 2007 I have co-founded Memoraze, a start-up
company in the field of behavior analysis in computer games that had become an
integral part of one of the world’s leading
game engines.

If you are
interested in the way social networks can be used for improving financial
trading, see our Network
Tuning work with eToro here
or here.

Here is an
interesting article about my work in the Financial
Times (cached version here), or Harvard Business
Review

My complete CV can
be found here.

**Publications**

**Published Journal Papers**

*1.
**Campaign
Optimization through Behavioral Modeling and Mobile Network Analysis*

**Y. Altshuler**, E.
Shmueli, G. Zyskind, O. Lederman, N. Oliver, A. Pentland, __IEEE Trans.
Computational Social Systems__, 2014

*2.
**Prospect
Theory for Online Financial Trading*

YY Liu, JC Nacher, T Ochiai, M Martino and **Y
Altshuler, **__PLOS ONE__, 2014

*3.
**The Social Amplifier – Reaction of Human
Communities to Emergencies ***
Y. Altshuler**,
M. Fire, E. Shmueli, Y. Elovici, A. Bruckstein, A. Pentland and D. Lazer,

*4. **Augmented Betweenness
Centrality for Environmentally-Aware Traffic Monitoring in Transportation
Networks***
**R. Puzis,

5.
*Stealing Reality: When Criminals Become
Data Scientists (or Vice Versa)*

**Y. Altshuler**, N. Aharony, Y. Elovici, A.
Pentland and M. Cebrian, __IEEE Intelligent Systems__, 2011

*6.
**Static and Expanding Grid Coverage with
Ant Robots : Complexity Results*

**Y. Altshuler** and A. Bruckstein, __Theoretical
Computer Science__ (TCS), 2011

*7. **Multi-agent
Cooperative Cleaning of Expanding Domains*

**Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski,
I. Wagner, and A. Bruckstein, __International Journal of Robotic Research__,
2010

*8. **Cooperative Cleaners: A Study in Ant Robotics*

I. Wagner, **Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski and A. Bruckstein, __International Journal of
Robotic Research__, 2008

*9.
**Efficient
Cooperative Search of Smart Targets Using UAV Swarms*

**Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski,
I. Wagner and A. Bruckstein, __ROBOTICA__, 2008

Y. Naveh, Y.
Richter, **Y. Altshuler**, D. Gresh and D.
Connors, __IBM Journal of R&D__, 2007

*11. **Multi-agent Physical A* with Large
Pheromones*

A. Felner, Y. Shoshani,
**Y. Altshuler** and A. Bruckstein, __Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi
Agents Systems__, 2006

12.
*A Novel
Linear Coder Nomenclature for Complex Carbohydrates*

E.Banin, Y.Neuberger,
**Y.Altshuler**, A.Halevi,
O.Inbar, N.Dotan, A. Dukler, __Trends in Glycoscience
and Glycotechnology__, 2002

**Books**

*1.
**Swarms
and Network Intelligence, *__Springer Publishing__, 2014

**Y. Altshuler**, A. Pentland and A. Bruckstein (*in production*)

*2.
**Security and Privacy in
Social Networks, *__Springer Publishing__, 2012

**Y. Altshuler**, Y. Elovici, A. Cremers, N. Aharony and A. Pentland (Editors)

**Book Chapters**

*1.
**Campaign
Optimization through Mobility Network Analysis*

**Y. Altshuler**, E. Shmueli, G. Zyskind, O. Lederman, N. Oliver and
A. Pentland, __Geo-Intelligence and Visualization through Big Data Trends__,
Advances in Geospatial
Technologies (AGT) Book Series, 2015

*2.
**On the Rationality and Optimality of
Transportation Networks Defense—a Network Centrality Approach*

**Y. Altshuler**, R. Puzis, Y. Elovici, S.
Bekhor and A. Pentland, __Securing Transportation Systems, Protecting Critical
Infrastructures Series__, Willey, 2014

*3.
**TTLed RandomWalks for Collaborative Monitoring in Mobile and
Social Networks*

**Y. Altshuler**, S. Dolev and Y. Elovici, __Handbook
of Optimization in Complex Networks__, Springer, 2012

*4.
**Swarm Intelligence – Searchers, Cleaners and Hunters*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner, V. Yanovski and A. Bruckstein, __Studies in Computational Intelligence__,
Springer, 2006

**Refereed Conference Papers**

*1. **Social Behavior Bias and Knowledge Management
Optimization*

**Y. Altshuler**, A. Pentland and G. Gordon, __SBP__ 2015

*2. **Ride Sharing: A Network Perspective*

E. Shmueli, I. Mazeh, L. Radaelli,
A, Pentland and** Y. Altshuler**, __SBP__ 2015

*3. **Temporal Dynamics of Scale-Free Networks*

E. Shmueli, **Y. Altshuler** and A. Pentland, __SBP__ 2014

*4. **Detecting Anomalous Behaviors Using Structural
Properties of Social Networks*

**Y. Altshuler**, M. Fire, E. Shmueli, Y. Elovici, A. Bruckstein, A.
Pentland and D. Lazer, __SBP__ 2013

*5. **Trade-offs in Social and Behavioral Modeling in
Mobile Networks*

**Y. Altshuler**, M. Fire, N. Aharony, Z. Volkovich, Y. Elovici and
Alex Pentland, __SBP__, 2013

*6. **Decoding Social Influence and the Wisdom of the Crowd in
Financial Trading Network *

W. Pan, **Y. Altshuler** and A. Pentland, __IEEE
Social Computing__, 2012

*7. **Trends Prediction Using Social Diffusion Models*

**Y. Altshuler**, W. Pan and A. Pentland, __SBP__,
2012

*8. **How Many Makes a Crowd? On the
Correlation between Groups' Size and the Accuracy of Modeling*

**Y. Altshuler**, M. Fire, N. Aharony, Y.
Elovici and A. Pentland, __SBP__, 2012

*9. **The Complexity of Grid Coverage by Swarm
Robotics*

**Y. Altshuler** and A.M. Bruckstein, __ANTS__
(International Conference on Swarm Intelligence), 2010

*10. **Collaborative Exploration in Grid Domains*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner, and A.
Bruckstein, __ICINCO__, 2009

11. *Swarm Ant Robotics for a Dynamic Cleaning Problem - Upper Bounds*

**Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski,
I. Wagner, and A. Bruckstein, __ICARA__, 2009

*12. **Swarm Ant Robotics for a Dynamic Cleaning Problem - Analytic Lower
Bounds and Impossibility Results*

**Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski,
I. Wagner, and A. Bruckstein, __ICARA__, 2009

*13. **On Minimal Perimeter Polyminoes*

**Y. Altshuler**, V. Yanovski,
D. Vainsencher, I. Wagner and A. Bruckstein, __Discrete Geometry for
Computational Imagery__, 2006

14.
*On the Complexity of Physical
Problems and a Swarm Algorithm for k-Clique Search in Physical Graph *

**Y. Altshuler**, A. Matsliah and A. Felner, __ECCS__,
2005

*15. **Swarm Robotics for a Dynamic
Cleaning Problem*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner and A. Bruckstein,
__IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium__, 2005

**Refereed Workshop Papers**

*1.
**From
Individual Knowledge Management to Social Information Flow*

**Yaniv Altshuler**, Alex
Pentland and Goren Gordon, ICCSS, 2015

*2.
**The
Network Dimension of Ride Sharing*

Tal Altshuler, Yoram Shiftan,
Rachel Katoshevski, Nuria Oliver, Alex Pentland, Erez
Shmueli, **Yaniv Altshuler**, ICCSS, 2015

*3.
**Campaign
Optimization through Mobility Network Analysis*

**Y. Altshuler**, E.
Shmueli, G. Zyskind, O. Lederman, N. Oliver, A. Pentland, NetMob,
2015

*4.
**Network
Tuning*

**Y. Altshuler **and** **A.
Pentland, NetSci, 2015

*5.
**From
Individual Knowledge Management to Social Information Flow*

**Y. Altshuler**, A.
Pentland and G. Gordon, NetSci, 2015

*6.
**Ride
Sharing: A Network Perspective*

E. Shmueli, I. Mazeh, A.
Pentland, T. Altshuler and **Y. Altshuler**, NetSci, 2015

*7.
**Mobile
Phones for On-Demand Public Transportation*

T. Altshuler, Y. Shiftan, R.
Katoshevski, N. Oliver, A. Pentland and **Y. Altshuler**, NetSci, 2014

*8.
**A
Generative Model for Evolving Scale-Free Networks*

E. Shmueli, **Y. Altshuler **and
A. Pentland, NetSci, 2014

*9.
**Wisdom
of the Network*

E. Shmueli, D. Margolin, **Y. Altshuler**, A. Pentland and D. Lazer,
NetSci, 2014

*10.
**Dynamics
of Scale-Free Networks*

E. Shmueli, **Y. Altshuler **and
A. Pentland, Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), 2013

*11.
**Accurate
Decision Making in Social Networks*

**Y. Altshuler **and A.
Pentland, NetSci, 2013

*12.
**Temporal
Percolation in Scale-Free Networks*

E. Shmueli, **Y. Altshuler **and
A. Pentland, NetSci, 2013

*13.
**The
Social Amplifier – Reaction of Human Communities to Emergencies
*

*14.
**Trends
Prediction in Social Networks Using Influence Diffusion Models*

**Y. Altshuler**, W. Pan and A. Pentland, Interdisciplinary
Workshop on Decisions in Networks (WIDS), 201*2*

*15.
**Incremental
Learning with Accuracy Prediction of Social and Individual Properties from
Mobile-Phone Data*

**Y. ****Altshuler**, N. Aharony,
M. Fire, Y. Elovici and A. Pentland, WS3P, IEEE Social Computing, 2012

*16.
**Trends
Prediction Using Social Diffusion Models*

**Y. Altshuler**, W. Pan and A. Pentland, NetSci,
201*2*

*17.
**Real
World Anomalous Events Detection Based on Social Signals in Mobile Networks
Traffic*

**Y. Altshuler**, A. Pentland, A. Bruckstein,
M. Fire, Y. Elovici and D. Lazer, NetSci, 201*2*

*18.
**What’s
the Problem? Using the Internet to Explain Transport Network Anomalies *

F. Pereira, **Y. Altshuler**, NetSci,
201*2*

*19.
**Decoding
Social Influence in Speculation from Social Trading*

W. Pan, **Y. Altshuler**, A. Pentland, NetSci,
201*2*

20.
*Traffic Assignment Model
Based on Betweenness*

R. Puzis, **Y. Altshuler**, Y. Elovici, S.
Bekhor, Y. Shiftan and A. Pentland, NetSci, 201*2*

*21.
**Information
Flow in Networks : Trendsetters, Bellwethers and Shepherd Dogs*

**Y. Altshuler** and A. Pentland, Workshop on
Information in Networks (WIN), 2011

*22.
**Stealing
Reality: When Criminals Become Data Scientists*

**Y. Altshuler**, N. Aharony, Y. Elovici, A.
Pentland and M. Cebrian, Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), 2011

*23.
** Augmented Betweenness Centrality for Mobility Prediction in
Transportation Networks*

**Y. Altshuler**, R. Puzis, Y. Elovici, S.
Bekhor and A. Pentland, Finding Patterns of Human Behaviors in Network and Mobility
Data (NEMO), 2011

*24.
**Information
Flow in Networks : Trendsetters, Bellwethers and Shepherd Dogs*

**Y. Altshuler** and A. Pentland,
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Decisions in Networks (WIDS), 2011

*25.
**Stealing Reality*

**Y. Altshuler**, N. Aharony, M. Cebrian, Y.
Elovici, A. Pentland, Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), 2010

*26. **Efficient Collaborative Application Monitoring Scheme for Mobile
Networks*

**Y. Altshuler**, S. Dolev, Y. Elovici and N.
Aharony, Analysis of Mobile Phone Networks, NetMob (in
NetSci), 2010

27. *TTLed** Random Walks for Collaborative Monitoring*

**Y. Altshuler**, S. Dolev, Y. Elovici and N.
Aharony, NetSciCom
(in IEEE INFOCOM), 2010

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner, and A.
Bruckstein, ICINCO (MARS Workshop), 2007

29.
*Ant - Swarm Robotics for a
Dynamic Cleaning Problem*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner, V. Yanovski and A. Bruckstein, ROBOMAT, 2007

*30. **Shape Factor's Effect on a Dynamic Cleaners
Swarm*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner and A.
Bruckstein, ICINCO (MARS Workshop), 2006

*31. **On Swarm Optimality in Dynamic and Symmetric
Environments*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner and A.
Bruckstein, ICINCO (MARS Workshop), 2005

*32. **The Cooperative Hunters - Efficient Cooperative
Search for Smart Targets Using UAV Swarms*

**Y. Altshuler**, I. Wagner, V. Yanovski and A. Bruckstein, ICINCO (MARS Workshop), 2005

**Teaching Experience**

·
Lecturer (2010) :

o Computability Theory

o Introduction to Digital Systems

o Algorithms in Graph Theory and Data Structures

·
Co-Advisor of graduation projects (over 20
projects) (2005 **– **2009):

o Project in Image Processing and Analysis.

o Project in Artificial Intelligence.

o Project in Intelligent Systems.

·
Teaching Assistant (2003 **– **2008):

o Computer Organization and Programming (2003\4\8).

o Introduction to Robotics (2007\8).