I am an assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and an affiliate at the Department of Computer Science. I got my PhD from Carnegie Mellon, School of Computer Science.

My research is at the nexus of network analysis, natural language processing and machine learning. In my lab, we develop and advance computational solutions that help people to better understand the interplay and co-evolution of information and socio-technical networks. We bring our solutions into real-world context to solve here and now problems - currently mainly related to impact assessment.

News and Highlights from our lab

  • ACM CSCW 2017 paper accepted: Rezapour R, Diesner J (2017) Classification and Detection of Micro-Level Impact of Issue-Focused Films based on Reviews.
  • COLING 2016 paper accepted: Jiang M, Diesner J (2016) Says Who…? Identification of Critic versus Layman Reviews of Documentary Films.
  • July 2016: Ming Jiang presenting "Rating Prediction and Feature Comparison of Issue-Focused Documentaries versus Feature Films” at ACM Hypertext.