Reza

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I am a fourth year Ph.D. candidate at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) in the Social Computing Research group with Prof. Krishna P. Gummadi as my advisor. Prior to joining MPI-SWS, I did a Masters in Computer engineering from Sharif University in Iran.

My research focuses on information consumption in social media particularly along three dimensions of efficiency, trust, and divisiveness. My research interests lie at the intersection of data mining, social computing, and natural language processing.

Education

  • June 2014 – Present: PhD Candidate, MPI-SWS, Saarbruecken, Germany
    Advisor: Prof. Krishna Gummadi
    Research Interests: Social Networks, Data Mining, Graph Theory, and Recommender Systems

  • 2008-2011: M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligent at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Major: Artificial Intelligence.
    Thesis Topic : Studying the Effect of Structure and the Effects of Personalities on Spreading Information and Behaviors in Social Networks (20/20)
    Advisor: Dr. Mohammadali Safari
    (Thesis pdf)
    GPA: 17.5/20 (last year's GPA:19.25/20) Major courses: Advanced Network (18 / 20), Image Processing (17.5 / 20), Pattern Recognition (18 / 20), Neural Network (20 / 20), Digital Signal Processing(18/20), thesis(20/20)
    Degree Obtained: M.Sc. in Computer Science

  • 2004-2008 B.Sc. in Software Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of University of Tehran
    Thesis Topic: Analysis & Enhancement of Multimedia Traffic in Wimax Network
    Advisor: Dr. Ahmad Khonsari TOTAL GPA: 15.13/20 (~3.1 / 4) (Among top 20% of the highest GPAs) GPA in Major(16.3/20) Major courses: Advanced Programming (18 / 20), Statistics and Probability (18 / 20), Data Structure (20 / 20), Advanced Algorithm Design (18/ 20), Simulation (18 / 20), Microprocessor (19 / 20)

  • 2000-2004 Allameh Helli High School(SAMPAD) and Pre-University Center, Tehran, Iran
    Allameh Helli is the Tehran branch of the NODET, "National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents" Pre-University GPA: 19.9/20 (~4/4) Diploma GPA: 19.21/20 (~3.94)

Publications

Papers

  • Analysing Biases in Perception of Truth in News Stories and their Implications for Fact Checking
    Mahmoudreza Babaei, Abhijnan Chakraborty, Juhi Kulshrestha, Elissa M. Redmiles, Meeyoung Cha and Krishna P. Gummadi
    Accepted in the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Atlanta, Georgia, US, January 2019.

    This work was also presented at the European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (EuroCSS), Cologne, Germany, December 2018 and at the Workshop on Fairness in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (FairUMAP), Singapore, July 2018.
    [pdf]

  • On Microtargeting Socially Divisive Ads: A Case Study of Russia-Linked Ad Campaigns on Facebook
    Filipe N. Ribeiro*, Koustuv Saha*, Mahmoudreza Babaei, Fabricio Benevenuto, K Gummadi, Elissa M. Redmiles
    Accepted in the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Atlanta, Georgia, US, January 2019.
    [pdf]

  • Media Bias Monitor: Quantifying Biases of Social Media News Outlets at Large-Scale.
    Filipe N. Ribeiro, Lucas Henrique, Fabricio Benevenuto, Abhijnan Chakraborty, Juhi Kulshrestha, Mahmoudreza Babei and Krishna P. Gummadi
    In Proc. AAAI Intl. Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Stanford, USA, June 2018
    [pdf] | [Media-Bias-Monitor-app]

    This work was also presented at the European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (EUroCSS), Cologne, Germany, December 2018.

  • Purple Feed: Identifying High Consensus News Posts on Social Media
    Mahmoudreza Babaei, Juhi Kulshrestha, Abhijnan Chakraborty, Fabricio Benevenuto, Krishna P. Gummadi and Adrian Weller
    In Proc. AAAI/ACM Conference on Artifical Intelligence, Ethics & Society (AIES), New Orleans, USA, February 2018
    [pdf] | [Twitter-app] | [slides]

  • The Road to Popularity: The Dilution of Growing Audience on Twitter
    Przemyslaw A. Grabowicz, Mahmoudreza Babaei, Juhi Kulshrestha, Ingmar Weber
    In Proc. Intl. AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Cologne, Germany, May 2016
    (Short paper)
    [pdf]

  • On the Efficiency of Information Networks in Social Media.
    Mahmoudreza Babaei, Przemyslaw Grabowicz, Isabel Valera, Krishna P. Gummadi and Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez
    In Proceedings of the 9th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), San Francisco, CA, February 2016.
    [pdf]

  • On the Users Efficiency in the Twitter Information Network.
    Mahmoudreza Babaei, Przemyslaw A. Grabowicz, Isabel Valera, Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez In Proc. Intl. AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Oxford, UK, May 2015
    (Short paper)
    [pdf]

  • Convention Emergence on Online Social Networks.
    Mahmoudreza Babaei, K. Gummadi, M. Macy, M. Cha, W. Mason, . Under preparation.

  • Revenue Maximization in Social Networks through Discounting.
    Mahmoudreza Babaei,B. Mirzasoleiman, M. Jalili, M. Safari Social Network Analysis and Mining (2012): 1-14

  • Immunizing Complex Networks with Limited Budget.
    B. Mirzasoleiman, M. Babaei, M. Jalili Europhysics Letters, 2012. 98(3):38004. (Impact Factor = 2.753)

  • Cascaded Failures in Weighted Networks
    B. Mirzasoleiman, M. Babaei, M. Jalili, M. Safari, Physical Review E, 2011. 84(4):046114. (Impact Factor = 2.352)

  • Cascading failure tolerance of modular small-world networks.
    M. Babaei, H. Ghasemieh, and M.Jalili IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-II, 2011. 58(8):527-531.(Impact Factor = 1.41)

Posters & Presentations

  • Information Consumption on Social Media: Efficiency, Trust, and Divisiveness
    Mahmoudreza Babaei
    EuroCSS Doctoral Colloquium, Cologne, Germany, December 2018
    [pdf]

  • On the Efficiency of Information Networks in Social Media.
    Mahmoudreza Babaei
    The Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS July 2015)
    [pdf]

Talks

Conference Talks

  • Analysing Biases in Perception of Truth in News Stories and their Implications for Fact Checking
    European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (EuroCSS), Cologne, Germany, December 2018

  • On the Efficiency of Information Networks in Social Media.
    IACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), San Francisco, CA, February 2016.

  • On the Users Efficiency in the Twitter Information Network.
    AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Oxford, UK, May 2015

Invited Talks

  • 4th Winter Seminar Series (WSS), Sharif University of Technology, December 2018. Panelist "Social Computing"

  • Revenue Maximization in viral marketing
    Sharif University of Technology,2011

  • Local Distributed Algorithms
    Theory Group, Sharif University of Technology, 2010.

  • Cascading failure in networks
    Sharif University Technology, 2010.

  • Social Economic Networks
    social network study group, 2010.

Honors & Grants

  • WSDM Student Travel Scholarship, 2016
  • Visiting scholar s fellowship from Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), Sept. 2013.
  • Visiting scholar s fellowship from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Tech. (KAIST), Feb. 2013.
  • Ranked 22th, among more than 13,000 participants in National M.Sc. Entrance Examination in Computer Engineering, 2009.
  • M.Sc. fellowship of Excellent Student in Computer Engineering from University of Tehran, 2009.
  • Selected as top 0.1% out of more than 400,000 participants in National University Entrance Examination for the B.Sc. degree, 2004.
  • Semifinalist of Iranian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI), 2002. (Selected as top 1.5% of more than 40000 participants)

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant: "Social Media Analysis"
    (Advanced Lecture, University of Saarland, Summer Semester 2016)

  • Teaching Assistant: "Human vs. Algorithmic-Decision Making: Bias, Fairness & Transparency"
    (Seminar, University of Saarland, Winter Semester 2015-16)

  • Teaching Assistance: Game Theory, Sharif University of Technology, 2011
  • Teaching Assistance: Complex Network, Sharif University of Technology, 2010
  • Teaching Assistance: Game Theory, Sharif University of Technology, 2009
  • Teaching Assistance: Discrete Mathematics, University of Tehran, 2008
  • Teaching Assistance: Design of Compiler, university of Tehran, 2007
  • Teaching Assistance: Advanced Algorithm Design, university of Tehran, 2007
  • Teaching Assistance: Design of Compiler, university of Tehran, 2007
  • Teaching Assistance: Discrete Mathematics, University of Tehran, 2007
  • Teaching Assistance: Data Structure, University of Tehran, 2006
  • Teaching Assistance: Advanced Programming, University of Tehran,2006
  • Teaching Assistance: Discrete Mathematics, University of Tehran, 2006
  • Teaching Assistance: Discrete Mathematics, University of Tehran, 2005

Skills

  • Programming Languages:
    • Pascal, C, C++, C#, Java, HTML, PHP, SQL, Perl, Verilog, Assembly.
  • Operating Systems:
    • Mac OSX, Linux, Windows (XP and 2000)
  • Developing algorithms with experiences in many algorithm competitions
  • Other Tools:
    • Matlab
  • Human Languages:
    • Farsi (Native), English (Fluent)
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