I am working as a Research Scientist for the Wikimedia Foundation.
I am interested in understanding dynamics of complex social systems – How do seemingly complicated macroscopic patterns emerge from simple rules determining the interaction of individuals, such as the spreading of new words in a community of speakers? In order to address these questions I combine statistical analysis of large datasets of human activity (for example millions of books from the past 5 centuries or millions of scientific publications from the past 50 years) with mathematical tools from complex networks and machine learning.
My research interests include:
- Topic models and community detection in complex networks
- Production of scientific knowledge and evolution of scientific fields (Science of Science)
- Language change, statistical laws in linguistics and complex systems more generally
- Personality / Individual Differences