I am an Assistant Professor in City Science & Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Exeter in the UK. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Social Science department in GESIS–Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Germany.
The scope of my research lies in the fields of complex systems, data science, network science and computational social science. In my work, I explore how regularities and social phenomena emerge in different contexts such as cities and social environments.
I am particularly interested in understanding urgent societal challenges such as crime, social inequalities, and human mobility. These phenomena often exhibit causal loops and inter-connectedness, which requires a complex-system perspective to tackle them.
I also study human dynamics (e.g., face-to-face interaction, web browsing behavior) to build tools and models to disentangle pressing issues such as social biases and online privacy. In a different line of work, I investigate how to explain the behaviour of computational swarm intelligence to make swarm-based algorithms more transparent.