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Social Computing

The work in the Social Computing Group integrates theories and models from ubiquitous computing, social media, machine learning, and social sciences, to sense, analyze, and interpret human and social behavior in everyday life, and to create devices and systems that support interaction and communication. Current research includes methods for urban computing from phone and mobile social network data, behavioral analysis of social video, ubiquitous sensing of face-to-face interaction, and crowdsourcing.

Current Group Members

Daniel Gatica-Perez (EPFL  Adjunct Professor)
Joan Isaac Biel Tres (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Rui Hu (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Laurent Nguyen (Postdoctoral Researcher )
Dairazalia Sanchez Cortes (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Gulcan Can (PhD Student)
Skanda Muralidhar (PhD Student)
Darshan Santani (PhD Student)
Trung Phan (PhD student)

Alumni


Scientific Collaborator:

Oya Aran
Trinh-Minh-Tri Do

Postdocs:

Aleksandra Cerekovic
Hayley Hung
Raul Montoliu
Bodgan Raducanu

Doctoral students:

Gokul Chittaranjan
Katayoun (Kate) Farrahi
Dinesh Jayagopi
Alvaro Marcos Ramiro
Florent Monay
Radu Negoescu
Hari Krishna Parthasarathi
Edgar Francisco Roman Rangel
Kevin Smith
Dong Zhang

Visitors:

Umut Avci (Research Intern)
Gilberto Chavez (Research Intern)
Ailbhe Noelle Finnerty (Visiting PhD Student)
Shogo Okada (Visiting Faculty)
Salvador Ruiz-Correa (visiting faculty)

Current projects

MAAYA - Multimedia Analysis and Access for Documentation and Decipherment of Maya Epigraphy
While academics in archaeology and epigraphy have made formidable efforts over 100 years to decipher the writings of the Ancient Maya culture, located in a variety of places in Mexico and Central America, and imprinted in multiple media types and artifacts, a significant proportion of the Maya hieroglyphic corpus remains open for scholarly interpretation.
MCSC - Mi Casa es Su Casa
Understanding Peer Accommodation in Developed and Developing Countries
SENSECITYVITY - Mobile Sensing, Urban Awareness, and Collective Action
The project goal is to engage citizens as factors of social change through the use of mobile technologies as tools that can improve the understanding of socio-urban problems in cities, neighborhoods, and communities.
SWISKO - Swiss-Korean project to develop and integrate new wearable sensors into the existing DomoSafety ambient sensor system.
SWISKO aims at building an e-health service for older people living at home combining wearable devices with the existing Domo Safety ambient sensor system.
UBIMPRESSED - UBImpressed: Ubiquitous First Impressions and Ubiquitous Awareness
First impressions matter. When we meet people for the first time, we quickly form impressions about them based on their nonverbal behavior and spoken words. Specifically in the workplace, impressions affect key outcomes like being hired or promoted, and are critical in entire sectors of the economy including sales, service, and hospitality.
VALAIS+ - Valais+ Une plateforme pour mieux connaître l’espace de vie du canton
Le projet Valais+ vise à construire une plateforme collaborative conçue pour la collecte d’informations de première main sur l’espace de vie valaisan, par et pour les habitants du Valais.
YOUTH@NIGHT - Youth@Night – A multi-disciplinary multi-method study of young people's outgoing and drinking behaviors

Recent Projects

DOMOCARE - DomoCare - A new Home Care Preventive Protocol
DomoSafety develops intelligent care systems allowing elderly persons to keep their autonomy longer.
MCSC - Mi Casa es Su Casa
Understanding Peer Accommodation in Developed and Developing Countries
MIRROR - Mobile Data to Improve Decision Making in African Cities
Africa's population is booming, with almost 75% of the 30 countries with the largest population growth rates according to United Nations and World Bank. However, phenomena in African cities often cannot be analyzed due to the lack of accurate census data or limited urban infrastructure. Fundamental facts like actual city boundaries and real populations are unknown in many cases.
MCM-FF - Multimodal Computational Modeling of Nonverbal Social Behavior in Face to Face Interaction
NISHA - NISHA: NTT - Idiap Social beHavior Analysis Initiative
SENSECITYVITY - Mobile Sensing, Urban Awareness, and Collective Action
The project goal is to engage citizens as factors of social change through the use of mobile technologies as tools that can improve the understanding of socio-urban problems in cities, neighborhoods, and communities.
SONVB - Sensing and Analyzing Organizational Nonverbal Behavior
VlogSense - Understanding Nonverbal Behavior in Social Media
VlogSense is funded by the NCCR IM2 (Swiss National Science Foundation)

Social Computing News

Results of street harassment survey presented in Lausanne Dec 20, 2016
The results of a mobile survey on street harrassment in Lausanne were presented yesterday by the City's Observatory of Security.
MAAYA project at EPFL Open Days 2016 Nov 08, 2016
Idiap researchers presented tools for analysis and visualization of ancient Maya hieroglyphs at the EPFL Open Days 2016 in Lausanne.
Invited talk at ECCV Workshop on Apparent Personality Recognition Oct 21, 2016
Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez presented work on computational analysis of job interviews and online video resumes.
Youth@Night at Workshop on Social Media and Public Security Oct 13, 2016
Darshan Santani presented the Youth@Night project at Workshop on Social Media and Public Security
SenseCityVity at Poder Hacer: International Conference on Creative Cities Sep 26, 2016
The SenseCityVity project was presented at Mexico City's First International Conference on Creative Cities.

Contact

Daniel Gatica-Perez (EPFL Adjunct Professor)
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