Dr Mimie (Dimitra) Liotsiou

Mimie is a researcher on the Computational Propaganda project at the OII. Her research interests include online social influence, causal inference, computational social science, and data science, particularly using real-world data of online interactions.

Email: mimie.liotsiou@oii.ox.ac.uk

Dr. Mimie Liotsiou is a postdoctoral researcher on the Computational Propaganda project.

She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK, where she was a member of the Web and Internet Science group, supervised by Prof. Luc Moreau and Prof. Susan Halford. Her PhD focused on causal inference for estimating the social influence of online communications on real-world outcomes, at the individual and at the collective level. Her PhD research was honoured with the Best Poster award for the poster accompanying her full-length paper (in proceedings) at the 2016 International Conference on Social Informatics in Seattle, Washington.

She holds an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Southampton, and a BA (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

Her research focus is on developing computational models and methods for understanding and analysing patterns of behaviour in online interactions, informed by the social sciences. Her research interests relate to the areas of online social influence, causal inference, social network analysis, computational social science, and data science.

Mimie is a member of the ACM, and of the London Computational Social Science Initiative.

Research Interests:

Online social influence, causal inference, social network analysis, computational social science, data science.

Position held at the OII:

  • Researcher, January 2018 –

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Current projects

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.

  • Political Communication, AI and Data Diversity in the US

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.

  • Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Mimie Liotsiou

    This Proof of Concept project will allow researchers to produce an online tool that allows the public to evaluate suspicious social media accounts.

  • Strengthening Digital Democracy

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Mimie Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.

Publications

Conference papers

  • Liotsiou, D., Moreau, L. and Halford, S. (2016) "Social Influence: From Contagion to a Richer Causal Understanding", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). International Conference on Social Informatics. Springer International Publishing. 10047 LNCS 116-132.

Reports