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Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers 

 Dr. Gianluca Demartini, University of Sheffield, UK 

 Topic: The Power of Big Data

Dr. Gianluca Demartini is a Lecturer in Data Science at the Information School of the University of Sheffield, UK. Previously, he was post-doctoral researcher at the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg, visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, junior researcher at the L3S Research Center, and intern at Yahoo! Research. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany focusing on entity-oriented search. His research interests include Crowdsourcing for Human Computation, Information Retrieval, and Semantic Web. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and given tutorials about Entity Retrieval and Crowdsourcing at international research conferences. He is editorial board member for the Journal of Web Semantics and has been program committee member in a number of international research conferences including SIGIR, ISWC, WWW, and CIKM. Dr. Demartini is an ACM member since 2015.

Alexander V. Boukhanovsky, ITMO University, Russia 

Director of School of Translational Information Technologies, Head of Department of High Performance Computing, Chief Research Associate of eScience Research Institute

His research interests are: high-performance computing, computer modeling of complex systems, intelligent computational technologies, statistical analysis and synthesis of spatial-temporal fields, parallel and distributed computing, distributed environments for multidisciplinary researches, decision support systems & technologies, statistical analysis and simulation in marine sciences.

Topic: Urban Health Decision Support: from Big Data to Predictive Models


Dr. King-wa FU, The Univeristy of Hong Kong; MIT

Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover political participation and media use, computational media studies, health and the media, and younger generation's Internet use. He is a visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar in 2016-2017. He has a PhD from the JMSC, a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering. He was a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal before turning to academia.


Internet Censorship in China 

Studying Internet censorship is challenging simply because the censored contents is no longer publicly accessible. This talk will introduce a project at the University of Hong Kong, namely Weiboscope, which has been collecting censored and uncensored microblogs contents in China since 2011. Using the data, the project has determined a list of Chinese terms that discriminate censored and uncensored posts written by the same microbloggers. This list includes homophones and puns created by Chinese microbloggers to circumvent the censors successfully or unsuccessfully. It also evaluates the government’s mandatory real-name registration system’s impact on online users’ posting activities. The talk will give an update of social media market in China 

Prof. Daniel A. Alexandrov, National Research University HIgher School of Economics, St. Petersburg
Daniel Alexandrov is Doctor of Science, Professor, Deputy Director of HSE Campus at St. Petersburg, Dean of St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities at HSE. His research interests include the sociology of education, students’ mobility, informal social networks online and other issues related to social informatics. 

Great Empirical Discoveries in WWW World


Prof. Carlos Gershenson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México & MIT Senseable City Lab

Carlos Gershenson is Professor of National Autonomous University of Mexico and visiting Professor of Massachusets Institute of Technology (USA). His current research interests include the application of new computer technologies to smart cities' develepment, transport, logistics and sustainable development. 
Topic: The Future of Urban Mobility
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