Media Matters: Innovations to Improve the Value Derived from Social Media Networks

Social media platforms have billions of active users and significantly impacted our society. New types of platforms or new features in existing platforms continue to be developed to meet users’ demands. With an increasingly large amount of unstructured social data on these platforms, social media and networking analysis research aims to develop efficient, reliable, scalable, explainable, reproducible, and theoretically grounded data science approaches to understand our digital behaviors and make it a safer and valuable place. Our talk will focus on collective opinions and their evolution, deviant behavior modeling, automatic annotation of multimedia data, and informing disaster response with social media.