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Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of large-scale transactional data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, information and opinion dynamics, collective behaviour and online dating.

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Taha Yasseri is a Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science at the OII, a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, and a Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of large-scale transactional data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration and collective intelligence, information and opinion dynamics, collective behaviour, and online dating.


Current Group (Feb 2019)
Dr Taha Yasseri, Menno Schellekens, Chris BlexBertie Vidgen, Victor Maimone
Alicia Mergenthaler, Yael Gruzman, Carla IntalPatrick Gildersleve.

20182017 – 20162015

Former supervisees

Research interests and areas for doctoral supervision

computational social science, information dynamics, collective action, peer production, behaviour, human dynamics, social media, conflict and cooperation, opinion formation, online dating, language complexity, collective behaviour, social networks, agent-based modelling, machine learning

Selected publications

Biography

Dr Yasseri graduated from the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany  (2010) with a PhD in Complex Systems Physics at the age of 25. Prior to coming to Oxford, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, working on the social complexity of collaborative community of Wikipedia editors, focusing on conflict and editorial wars, along with Big Data analysis to understand human dynamics, language complexity, and popularity spread. Dr Yasseri’s main research interest is in human dynamics, social networks, and collective behaviour.

Positions held at the OII

  • Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science, May 2017 –
  • Research Fellow in Computational Social Science, January 2015 – April 2017
  • Big Data Research Officer, November 2012 – December 2014
  • Member of the Departmental Research Ethics Committee, January 2019 –

Research

Current projects

Past projects

Books

  • Yasseri, T. (2017) Social Informatics.
  • Borge-Holthoefer, J., Moreno, Y. and Yasseri, T. (2016) At the Crossroads: Lessons and Challenges in Computational Social Science. Frontiers Media SA.
  • Margetts, H., John, P., Hale, S. and Yasseri, T. (2015) Political Turbulence How Social Media Shape Collective Action. Princeton University Press.
  • Yasseri, T. (2010) How to make nano-waves on solid surfaces. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Chapters

Conference papers

  • Eynon, R., Hjorth, I., Yasseri, T. and Gillani, N. (2016) UNDERSTANDING COMMUNICATION PATTERNS IN MOOCs.
  • Eide, A.W., Pickering, J.B., Yasseri, T., Bravos, G., Følstad, A., Engen, V., Tsvetkova, M., Meyer, E.T., Walland, P. and Lüders, M. (2016) "Human-Machine Networks: Towards a Typology and Profiling Framework.", HCI (1) Kurosu, M. (eds.)Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer. 9731 11-22.
  • Eynon, R., Hjorth, I., Gillani, N. and Yasseri, T. (2014) "Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas! Experiences of Learning in a MOOC", International Communications Association Pre-Conference, Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future?.
  • Hale, S., Yasseri, T., Cowls, J., Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Margetts, H.Z. (2014) "Mapping the UK Webspace: Fifteen Years of British Universities on the Web", CoRR. the 2014 ACM conference, 23 – 26 June 2014. ACM Press. abs/1405.2856 62-70. (Source info: Proceedings of WebSci, 2014)
  • Hale, S.A., Yasseri, T., Cowls, J., Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Margetts, H.Z. (2014) "Mapping the UK webspace: fifteen years of british universities on the web.", WebSci Menczer, F., Hendler, J., Dutton, W.H., Strohmaier, M., Cattuto, C. and Meyer, E.T. (eds.). ACM. 62-70.
  • Yasseri, T., Quattrone, G. and Mashhadi, A. (2013) "Temporal analysis of activity patterns of editors in collaborative mapping project of openstreetmap", Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Aguiar, A. and Riehle, D. (eds.). the 9th International Symposium, 5 – 7 August 2013. ACM. 13:1. (Submitted)
  • Hale, S.A., Margetts, H. and Yasseri, T. (2013) "Petition growth and success rates on the UK No. 10 Downing Street website", Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci'13. the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, 2 – 4 May 2013. ACM Press. volume (10) 132-138. (Source info: Hale, S. A., Margetts, H., and Yasseri, T. (2013). Petition Growth and Success Rates on the UK No. 10 Downing Street Website. In Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci ’13.)
  • Hale, S.A., Margetts, H.Z. and Yasseri, T. (2013) "Petition growth and success rates on the UK No. 10 Downing Street website.", WebSci Davis, H.C., Halpin, H., Pentland, A., Bernstein, M. and Adamic, L.A. (eds.). ACM. 132-138.
  • Sumi, R., Yasseri, T., Rung, A., Kornai, A. and Kert́esz, J. (2011) "Edit wars in wikipedia", Proceedings - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust and IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT/SocialCom 2011. 2011 IEEE Third Int'l Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT) / 2011 IEEE Third Int'l Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 9 – 11 October 2011. IEEE Computer Society. 724-727. (4 pages, 2 figures, 3 tables. The current version is shortened to be published in SocialCom 2011)

Journal articles

Reports

  • Bright, J.M., Margetts, H., Hale, S. and Yasseri, T. (2014) "The use of social media for research and analysis: a feasibility study" In: Report of research carried out by the Oxford Internet Institute on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Eynon, R., Gillani, N., Hjorth, I. and Yasseri, T. (2014) "Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs" In: MOOC Research Initiative. Final Report.

Presentations

  • Tsvetkova, M.T., Garcia-Gavilanes, R. and Yasseri, T. (2016) Dynamics of disagreement: Large-scale temporal network analysis reveals negative interactions in online collaboration. International Conference on Computational Social Science, Evanston, IL.
  • Tsvetkova, Garcia-Gavilanes, R. and Yasseri, T. (2016) Dynamics of disagreement: Large-scale temporal network analysis reveals negative interactions in online collaboration. International Network of Analytical Sociologists Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Tsvetkova, M., Garcia-Gavilanes, R. and Yasseri, T. (2016) The dynamics of disagreement. Interdisciplinary Symposium on Experiments and Models of Social Networks, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Tsvetkova, M., Garcia-Gavilanes, R. and Yasseri, T. (2015) The dynamics of disagreement: A large-scale analysis of the Wikipedia revert network. GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium, Cologne, Germany.

Working papers

  • Vidgen, B. and Yasseri, T. (2019) Detecting weak and strong Islamophobic hate speech on social media.

Teaching

  • Online Social Networks

    An introduction to the analysis of online social networks, providing students with the tools necessary to undertake research on online networks, and to give an overview of the type of questions that these data can answer.

  • Big Data Analytics

    This course focuses on the statistical analysis, manipulating, and making sense of (already prepared) data.

  • Digital Social Research: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

  • Simulating Society

    This course is about agent-based modelling, a fascinating technique for answering social science questions, based on computer simulation of real-world societies and real-world human events.

  • Research Design for Social Data Science

    This course introduces students to conceptual and methodological aspects of social science research methods, including both quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Integrity Statement

Over the past 5 years, I have received funding from European Commission (Horizon 2020), Google Inc, eHarmony, Oxford University John Fell Fund, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

I am committed to conduct all of my research in line with the University’s academic integrity code of practice.

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