|Institutions||Indiana University Bloomington|
|Alma mater||Sapienza University of Rome|
Filippo Menczer is an American and Italian professor of informatics and computer science who is the director at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, a research unit of the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and a member lab of the Web Science Trust Network. He holds courtesy appointments in Cognitive Science and Physics and is a fellow of the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy. As of November 20, 2013 he was named a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM and a senior research fellow of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
Education, Career, Service
Menczer holds a Laurea in physics from the Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in computer science and cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. He previously was an assistant professor of management sciences at the University of Iowa, and a fellow-at-large of the Santa Fe Institute. At Indiana University Bloomington since 2003, he served as division chair in the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing in 2009-2011. Menczer has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation, and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He holds editorial positions for the journals EPJ Data Science and Network Science. He has served as program or track chair for various conferences including the International World Wide Web Conference and the International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. He is general chair of the ACM Web Science 2014 Conference.
Menczer's research focuses on Web science, social networks, social media, social computation, Web mining, data science, distributed and intelligent Web applications, and modeling of complex information networks. He introduced the idea of topical and adaptive Web crawlers, a specialized and intelligent type of Web crawler.
Menczer is also known for his work on social phishing, a type of phishing attacks that leverage friendship information from social networks, yielding over 70% success rate in experiments (with Markus Jakobsson); semantic similarity measures for information and social networks; models of complex information and social networks (with Alessandro Vespignani and others); search engine censorship; and search engine bias.
Recently Menczer's group has focused on analysis and modeling of how memes and misinformation spread through social media in domains such as the Occupy movement and political elections, and how to combat astroturfing and detect social bots. Menczer and colleagues have also advanced the understanding of information virality, and in particular the effect of the competition for our finite attention and the prediction of what memes will go viral based on the structure of early diffusion networks.
- truthy.indiana.edu: a research project that helps you understand and visualize how information spreads on Twitter. Includes API and Bot or Not demo.
- Scholarometer: a social bibliometrics tool to facilitate citation analysis and help evaluate the impact of an author's publications. By crowdsourcing discipline annotations, this browser extension is able to provide a universal metric to compare impact across disciplines.
- GiveALink.org: an early social tagging system for research
- Kinsey Reporter: a global mobile survey platform to share, explore, and visualize anonymous data about sex. Developed in collaboration with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Reports are submitted via smartphone, then explored on this website or downloaded for off-line analysis via a free API.
- Other research projects are listed on the Networks & agents Network (NaN) website.
- "Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS)". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
- "Homepage of Filippo Menczer". Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "Editorial Board". EPJ Data Science. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "Editorial Team". Network Science. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media". Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "Web Science 2014". Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- Menczer, F.; G. Pant; P. Srinivasan (2004). "Topical Web Crawlers: Evaluating Adaptive Algorithms". ACM Trans. on Internet Technology 4 (4): 378–419. doi:10.1145/1031114.1031117.
- Srinivasan, P.; F. Menczer; G. Pant (2005). "A General Evaluation Framework for Topical Crawlers". Information Retrieval 8 (3): 417–447. doi:10.1007/s10791-005-6993-5.
- Jagatic, Tom; Nathaniel Johnson; Markus Jakobsson; Filippo Menczer (October 2007). "Social Phishing". Communications of the ACM 50 (10): 94–100. doi:10.1145/1290958.1290968.
- LENZ, RYAN (July 22, 2007). "School Conducts Anti-Phishing Research". The Washington Post.
- Maguitman, Ana; Filippo Menczer; Heather Roinestad; Alessandro Vespignani (2005). "Algorithmic detection of semantic similarity". Proceedings of the 14th international conference on World Wide Web: 107–116. doi:10.1145/1060745.1060765.
- Markines, Benjamin; Ciro Cattuto; Filippo Menczer; Dominik Benz; Andreas Hotho; Gerd Stumme (2009). "Evaluating similarity measures for emergent semantics of social tagging". Proceedings of the 18th international conference on World wide web: 641–650. doi:10.1145/1526709.1526796.
- Menczer, F (2004). "Lexical and semantic clustering by web links". Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 55 (14): 1261–1269. doi:10.1002/asi.20081.
- Schifanella, Rossano; Alain Barrat; Ciro Cattuto; Benjamin Markines; Filippo Menczer (2010). "Folks in folksonomies: social link prediction from shared metadata". Proceedings of the third ACM international conference on Web search and data mining: 271–280. doi:10.1145/1718487.1718521.
- Fortunato, Santo; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer (2006). "Scale-free network growth by ranking". Physical Review Letters 96: 218701. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.218701.
- Ratkiewicz, Jacob; Santo Fortunato; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer; Alessandro Vespignani (2010). "Characterizing and modeling the dynamics of online popularity". Physical Review Letters 105: 158701. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.158701.
- Menczer, F (2004). "Evolution of document networks". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101 (suppl. 1): 5261–5265. doi:10.1073/pnas.0307554100.
- Menczer, F (2002). "Growing and navigating the small world web by local content". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99 (22): 14014–14019. doi:10.1073/pnas.212348399.
- "Researchers: Impact of censorship significant on Google, other search engine results". Network World. March 15, 2006.
- Meiss, Mark; Filippo Menczer (2008). "Visual comparison of search results: A censorship case study". First Monday 13 (7). doi:10.5210/fm.v13i7.2019.
- Fortunato, Santo; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer; Alessandro Vespignani (2006). "Topical interests and the mitigation of search engine bias". Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 103 (34): 12684–12689. doi:10.1073/pnas.0605525103.
- "Egalitarian engines". The Economist. November 17, 2005.
- Conover, Michael; Clayton Davis; Emilio Ferrara; Karissa McKelvey; Filippo Menczer; Alessandro Flammini (2013). "The Geospatial Characteristics of a Social Movement Communication Network". PLOS ONE 8 (3): e55957. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055957.
- Conover, Michael; Emilio Ferrara; Filippo Menczer; Alessandro Flammini (2013). "The Digital Evolution of Occupy Wall Street". PLOS ONE 8 (5): e64679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064679.
- Conover, Michael; Jacob Ratkiewicz; Matthew Francisco; Bruno Gonçalves; Filippo Menczer; Alessandro Flammini (2011). "Political Polarization on Twitter". Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media]].
- Conover, Michael; Bruno Gonçalves; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer (2012). "Partisan asymmetries in online political activity". EPJ Data Science 1: 6. doi:10.1140/epjds6.
- Ratkiewicz, Jacob; Michael Conover; Mark Meiss; Bruno Gonçalves; Snehal Patil; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer (2011). "Truthy: mapping the spread of astroturf in microblog streams". Proceedings of the 20th international conference companion on World wide web: 249–252. doi:10.1145/1963192.1963301.
- Ratkiewicz, Jacob; Michael Conover; Mark Meiss; Bruno Gonçalves; Alessandro Flammini; Filippo Menczer (2011). "Detecting and Tracking Political Abuse in Social Media". Proc. Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.
- Giles, Jim (27 October 2010). "Twitter tool roots out disguised mass postings". New Scientist.
- Keller, Jared (November 10, 2010). "When Campaigns Manipulate Social Media". The Atlantic.
- Silverman, Craig (November 4, 2011). "Misinformation Propagation". Columbia Journalism Review.
- Urbina, Ian (August 10, 2013). "I Flirt and Tweet. Follow Me at #Socialbot.". The New York Times.
- Weng, L; A Flammini; A Vespignani; F Menczer (2012). "Competition among memes in a world with limited attention". Nature Scientific Reports 2: 335. doi:10.1038/srep00335.
- McKenna, Phil (April 13, 2012). "Going viral on Twitter is a random act". New Scientist.
- Weng, Lilian; Filippo Menczer, Yong-Yeol Ahn (2013). "Virality Prediction and Community Structure in Social Networks". Nature Scientific Reports 3: 2522. doi:10.1038/srep02522.
- Matson, John (December 17, 2013). "Twitter Trends Help Researchers Forecast Viral Memes". Scientific American.
- Hotz, Robert Lee (October 1, 2011). "Decoding Our Chatter". The Wall Street Journal.
- Kolowich, Steve (December 15, 2009). "Tenure-o-meter". Inside Higher Ed.
- Kaur, Jasleen; Diep Thi Hoang; Xiaoling Sun; Lino Possamai; Mohsen JafariAsbagh; Snehal Patil; Filippo Menczer (2012). "Scholarometer: A Social Framework for Analyzing Impact across Disciplines". PLOS ONE 7 (9): e43235. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043235.
- Kaur, Jasleen; Filippo Radicchi; Filippo Menczer (2013). "Universality of scholarly impact metrics". Journal of Informetrics 7 (4): 924–932. doi:10.1016/j.joi.2013.09.002.
- Van Noorden, Richard (November 6, 2013). "Who is the best scientist of them all?". Nature.
- "Kinsey Reporter". Scientific American. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- Healy, Melissa (February 14, 2014). "Want to dish about Valentine's Day sex? There's an app for that". Los Angeles Times.