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

  • July 2016: Ming Jiang presenting paper on "Rating Prediction and Feature Comparison of Issue-Focused Documentaries versus Feature Films” at ACM Hypertext
  • June 2016: Jana giving a keynote talk at COINS conference
  • May 2016: Jana was awarded "Dori J. Maynard senior fellowship" by The Center for Investigative Reporting & The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
  • May 2016: paper by Jana and Julian on regulations for working with social trace data at ETHI-CA² at LREC
  • Mar 2016: iConf: Rezvaneh Rezapour presenting on our impact work, Jinseok Kim attending doctoral colloquium, Jana giving a talk on "Usable Ethics"
  • Mar 2016: Jana giving keynote talk at GOR conference "Rich and Reliable Signals: Making Responsible Choices for Working with Social Interaction Data"