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WED@NICO SEMINAR: Elena Zheleva, U of I Chicago "Personalization of Social Sharing"

Elena Zheleva

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Chambers Hall, Lower Level, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Yasmeen Khan   847.491.2527

Group: Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Category: Academic

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Elena Zheleva, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago


Personalization of Social Sharing


The abundance of personal data that people share online provides an opportunity to study social phenomena at a large scale. It also enables the development of a new category of information technology products, ones that are powered by data and sophisticated user models. Data science products range from personalized recommendations to fostering healthy online communities, and they bring together advances in machine learning, causal inference, and big data technologies. In this talk, I will go over my recent work on using data science to study social sharing incentives and personalization, and briefly discuss the privacy implications of machine learning algorithms for social media users and businesses.

Speaker Bio:

Elena Zheleva is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests span data science, machine learning, causal inference, network science, and online privacy. She has presented her research at top-tier conferences, such as KDD, WSDM, and WWW, and she is the coauthor of the book "Privacy in Social Networks." Her experience includes building and managing a data science team at an e-commerce company, and working on initiatives at the intersection of public policy and data science at NSF. She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2011

About the Speaker Series:

Wednesdays@NICO is a vibrant weekly seminar series focusing broadly on the topics of complex systems and data science. It brings together attendees ranging from graduate students to senior faculty who span all of the schools across Northwestern, from applied math to sociology to biology and every discipline in-between. 

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