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Dr. Anna Squicciarini, Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University

Our special guest, Dr. Anna Squicciarini, will give a talk entitled „Toward Controlling Malicious Users in Online Social Platforms“. This talk will discuss social science and computational methodologies to build a socio-computational framework that takes an intelligence-driven approach to the problem of users’ online misbehavior. We discuss models aiming at modeling influence and dynamics of both normal and deviant users in online networks – including crowdsourcing sites. We present results from our studies, with focus on our online deviance (e.g. cyberbullying) as well as our work in the domain of malicious behavior in crowdsourcing sites. We conclude with an outlook at our unsolved research challenges in the space of detection of deviant behavior and oversharing.

Dr. Squicciarini is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Computer Science Department of Purdue University. Squicciarini’s research interests are in the area of data security and privacy, with emphasis on access control mechanisms. Squicciarini’s work has been funded by industry and various funding agencies, including grants from the National Science Foundation (and a CAREER Award, 2015), Air Force, and Army Research Office. Squicciarini authored more than 70 contributions as papers in international conferences and journals, and chapters in international books.