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Kristina Lerman
  Kristina Lerman is a Project Leader at the Information Sciences Institute,a unit of the University of Southern California (USC) and a Research Assistant Professor in the USC Viterbi School of EngineeringŐs Computer Science Department. An expert in complex multi-agent systems, Dr. Lerman has received nearly 10 grants on social data and other topics from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Information Sciences Institute (ISI) early in her career.  
  Her current work revolves around deciphering the structure and dynamics of "social web" sites such as Twitter, Digg, Flickr and Delicious. Among her goals: automatically organizing collective knowledge, discovering the structure of user-generated communities, and predicting emerging trends and group behavior. Projects explore network-based and machine learning-based approaches to harvest concept hierarchies from social metadata and automate semantic annotation on the social web.  
  Dr. LermanŐs research includes statistical text analysis, semantic modeling of data, and mathematical modeling of multi-agents systems, as well as social networks and social computing. She has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed conference and workshop proceedings, and has written numerous workshop papers and technical reports. She also holds a patent involving document-based data extraction.  
  An active member of the social computing and Artificial Intelligence research communities, Dr. Lerman was principal organizer of the 2008 AAAI Social Information Processing Symposium.  
  Dr. Lerman co-teaches a USC Computer Science Department course on information integration on the web. She briefly worked for a tech startup prior to joining ISI. Dr. Lerman was awarded her Bachelor of Arts in Physics by Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in physics by the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is an avid photographer and, in her nearly nonexistent spare time, captures images of her own and other peopleŐs children.  
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