Dr. Yaniv Altshuler

 

 

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MIT Media Lab, E15-388

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA, 02139

 

 

 

About me

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: pic4I 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.      The Social Amplifier – Reaction of Human Communities to Emergencies
Y. Altshuler
, M. Fire, E. Shmueli, Y. Elovici, A. Bruckstein, A. Pentland and D. Lazer, Journal of Statistical Physics, 2013

2.      Augmented Betweenness Centrality for Environmentally-Aware Traffic Monitoring in Transportation Networks
R. Puzis, Y. Altshuler, Y. Elovici, S. Bekhor, Y. Shiftan and A. Pentland, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2013

3.      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

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

Y. Altshuler and A. Bruckstein, Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 2011

5.     Multi-agent Cooperative Cleaning of Expanding Domains

Y. Altshuler, V. Yanovski, I. Wagner, and A. Bruckstein, International Journal of Robotic Research, 2010

6.     Cooperative Cleaners: A Study in Ant Robotics

I. Wagner, Y. Altshuler, V. Yanovski and A. Bruckstein, International Journal of Robotic Research, 2008

7.      Efficient Cooperative Search of Smart Targets Using UAV Swarms

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

8.      Workforce Optimization: Identification and Assignment of Professional Workers Using Constraint Programming

Y. Naveh, Y. Richter, Y. Altshuler, D. Gresh and D. Connors, IBM Journal of R&D, 2007

9.      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

10.   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.      Optimizing Surveillance and Monitoring Stations Locations Using Transportation Oriented Augmented Betweenness Centrality

Y. Altshuler, R. Puzis, Y. Elovici, S. Bekhor and A. Pentland, Securing Transportation Systems, Protecting Critical Infrastructures Series, Springer, 2012 (in press)

2.      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                                                                                                                       

3.      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.      Temporal Dynamics of Scale-Free Networks

E. Shmueli, Y. Altshuler and A. Pentland, SBP 2014

2.      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

3.      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

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

W. Pan, Y. Altshuler and A. Pentland, IEEE Social Computing, 2012

5.      Trends Prediction Using Social Diffusion Models

Y. Altshuler, W. Pan and A. Pentland, SBP, 2012

6.      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

7.      The Complexity of Grid Coverage by Swarm Robotics

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

8.     Collaborative Exploration in Grid Domains

Y. Altshuler, I. Wagner, and A. Bruckstein, ICINCO, 2009

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

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

10.  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

11.  On Minimal Perimeter Polyminoes

Y. Altshuler, V. Yanovski, D. Vainsencher, I. Wagner and A. Bruckstein, Discrete Geometry for Computational Imagery, 2006

12.   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

13.    Swarm Robotics for a Dynamic Cleaning Problem

Y. Altshuler, I. Wagner and A. Bruckstein, IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium, 2005

 

 

 

Refereed Workshop Papers

1.      Mobile Phones for On-Demand Public Transportation

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

2.      A Generative Model for Evolving Scale-Free Networks

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

3.      Wisdom of the Network

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

4.      Dynamics of Scale-Free Networks

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

5.      Accurate Decision Making in Social Networks

Y. Altshuler and A. Pentland, NetSci, 2013

6.      Temporal Percolation in Scale-Free Networks

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

7.      The Social Amplifier – Reaction of Human Communities to Emergencies
Y. Altshuler, M. Fire, E. Shmueli, Y. Elovici, A. Bruckstein, A. Pentland and D. Lazer, NetMob, 2013

8.      Trends Prediction in Social Networks Using Influence Diffusion Models

Y. Altshuler, W. Pan and A. Pentland, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Decisions in Networks (WIDS), 2012

9.      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

10.    Trends Prediction Using Social Diffusion Models

Y. Altshuler, W. Pan and A. Pentland, NetSci, 2012

11.    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, 2012

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

F. Pereira, Y. Altshuler, NetSci, 2012

13.    Decoding Social Influence in Speculation from Social Trading

W. Pan, Y. Altshuler, A. Pentland, NetSci, 2012

14.   Traffic Assignment Model Based on Betweenness

R. Puzis, Y. Altshuler, Y. Elovici, S. Bekhor, Y. Shiftan and A. Pentland, NetSci, 2012

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

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

16.   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

17.    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

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

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

19.   Stealing Reality

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

20.  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

21.  TTLed Random Walks for Collaborative Monitoring

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

22.  To Add With Caution - Decreasing a Swarm Robotics' Efficiency by Imprudently Enhancing the Robots' Capabilities

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

23.   Ant - Swarm Robotics for a Dynamic Cleaning Problem

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

24.  Shape Factor's Effect on a Dynamic Cleaners Swarm

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

25.    On Swarm Optimality in Dynamic and Symmetric Environments

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

26.    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).