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Mining Social Behavior on the Web: problems and applications

Wagner Meira Jr.
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
INWeb - Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for the Web

May 20, 2010
Lally 102, 11am to 12pm
Refreshments at 10:30 am


The Internet has been evolving from a communication media to an environment where all kinds and degrees of social relations are established. Characterizing and understanding the dynamics of such relationships becomes a key component of any Internet-based application and demands the development of new models and techniques. Mining in such scenario is challenging because the data is intrinsically uncertain, the patterns to be mined are complex and evolve through time, and there is a huge amount of information that need to be processed in real time. In this talk we will discuss these issues and also present the Observatory of the Web, which is a project being developed by INWeb - the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology for the Web - that aims to understand, from the Internet perspective, events such as the next Brazilian presidential elections and 2010 Soccer World Cup.


Wagner Meira Jr. obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 1997 and is currently Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is also the lead researcher of the Knowledge Discovery research group of INWeb. His research focuses on scalability and efficiency of large scale parallel and distributed systems, from massively parallel to Internet-based platforms, and on data mining algorithms, their parallelization, and application to areas such as information retrieval, bioinformatics, and e-governance.

Last updated: May 13, 2010