social computing group



Social Computing Group
faculty



Daniel Gatica-Perez I am Head of the Social Computing Group at Idiap and Professor at EPFL. I am interested in methods that integrate ubiquitous computing, social media, machine learning, and social sciences to understand human and social behavior and to create applications for social good.






postdoctoral researchers



Rui Hu I joined Idiap in September 2013 as a post-doctoral researcher. My research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition, and visual information retrieval. I recently finished my PhD at the Center for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey. My PhD thesis was about "Visual Information Retrieval using Annotated Free-hand Sketches".







Laurent Nguyen I am a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL and Idiap. My research lies in the fields of computer vision and pattern recognition applied to social computing and social psychology. I got my PhD from EPFL in 2015, investigating the use of nonverbal cues to predict outcomes and behaviors in job interviews. I am particularly interested in the links that can be made between engineers and psychologists.





doctoral students



Gulcan Can I obtained my Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2010. I completed my M.Sc. studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 2013. I am currently a fourth-year PhD student at Electrical Engineering at EPFL. My current research interests are probabilistic graphical models and their applications, and representational learning with sparse methods.





Skanda Muralidhar I completed my master's studies at the National University of Singapore in 2014. I am currently a third-year PhD student at Electrical Engineering at EPFL.








Trung Phan Thanh I am a second-year doctoral student at Idiap adn EPFL. I graduated with a B.Sc degree in Information Technology from University of Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCMC) in 2010. I obtained my Master of Engineering in Multimedia and Communication from Telecom ParisTech, France in 2013. I am interested in the connections between computer science and social sciences.









student interns


Yassir Benkhedda I am currently a Research Intern at Idiap. I did my master's in Engineering at EPFL.










past group members



doctoral students


  Joan-Isaac Biel. PhD, EFPL, 2013. Data Scientist, Amaris
  Gokul T. Chittaranjan. EFPL, 2010-2012. Data Scientist, QuaintScience, India
  Katayoun (Kate) Farrahi. PhD, EPFL, 2011. Lecturer, University of Southampton, UK
  Dinesh Babu Jayagopi. PhD, EPFL, 2011. Assistant Professor, IIIT Bangalore, India
  Alvaro Marcos Ramiro. PhD, University of Alcala, 2014. Research Engineer, Bosch, Germany
  Florent Monay. PhD, EPFL, 2007. Tech Transfer Officer, Idiap, Switzerland
  Radu Negoescu. PhD, EPFL, 2011. Programme Leader, Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland
  Hari Parthasarathi. PhD, EPFL, 2011. Research Scientist, Amazon, USA
  Edgar Francisco Roman Rangel. PhD, EPFL, 2013.
  Dairazalia Sanchez-Cortes. PhD, EPFL, 2013.
  Darshan Santani PhD, EFPL, 2016. Data Science Lead, Clarity Movement Co, USA
  Kevin Smith. PhD, EPFL, 2007. Assistant Professor, KTH, Sweden
  Dong Zhang. PhD, EPFL, 2006. Researcher, Baidu, China

postdoctoral researchers (not including phd students)


  Umut Avci. Lecturer, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
  Aleksandra Cerekovic. Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Zagreb, Croacia
  Hayley Hung. Assistant Professor, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  Raul Montoliu. Assistant Professor, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain
  Bodgan Raducanu. Researcher, Computer Vision Center, Barcelona, Spain

research fellows & scientific collaborators


  Oya Aran. Former SNSF Ambizione Research Fellow
  Trinh-Minh-Tri Do. Data Scientist, Gianty, Vietnam

doctoral and master student visitors


  Gilberto Chavez. M.S. student, CIMAT, Mexico
  Ailbhe Finnerty. PhD student, University of Trento, Italy
  Nikhil Garg. Machine Learning Scientist, Amazon, Germany
  Weina Ge. Computer Scientist, GE Global Research Center, USA
  Dhiraj Joshi. Senior Research Scientist, Fuji-Xerox Palo Alto Lab, USA
  Yunus Emre Kara. PhD student, Bogazici University, Turkey
  Alp Kindiroglu. PhD student, Bogazici University, Turkey
  Hari Krishna Maganti. Research Scientist, Samsung, UK
  Eric Malmi. PhD student, Aalto University, Finland
  Lucia Teijeiro Mosquera. PhD student, University of Vigo, Spain
  Jing Yang. PhD student, ETHZ

faculty and senior staff visitors


  Shogo Okada. Associate Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  Kazuhiro Otsuka. Senior Research Scientist, NTT Labs, Japan
  Filiberto Pla. Professor, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain
  Salvador Ruiz Correa. Research Professor, IPICYT, Mexico


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