Emilio Ferrara



PhD Machine Learning
BSc/MSc Computer Science


Dr. Emilio Ferrara is Research Team Leader at the USC Information Sciences Institute and Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at USC. 

Ferrara's research interests include designing machine-learning systems to model and predict individual behavior in techno-social systems, characterize information diffusion and information campaigns, and predict crime and abuse in such environments. 

He has held various visiting positions in institutions in Italy, Austria, and UK (2009-2012). Before joining USC in 2015, he was a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing of Indiana University (2012-2015). 

Ferrara holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Messina (Italy), and has published over 100 articles on machine learning, network science, artificial intelligence, and social media, appeared in venues including PNAS, Communications of the ACM, Physical Review Letters, and several ACM and IEEE transactions and conferences. 

His research on social network abuse and bots has been featured on major news outlets (TIME, BBC, The New York Times, etc.) and tech magazines (MIT Technology Review, Vice, Mashable, New Scientist, etc).

He is Founding Editor of Future Internet: Techno-Social Smart Systems, Associate Editor of EPJ Data Science, and on the Editorial Board of Future Internet and Data Science. He's senior PC member for The Web Conference (formerly WWW) and ICWSM, and was the general chair of Social Informatics 2016.

For additional information visit: www.emilio.ferrara.name

For a complete list of publications see Google Scholar