Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
I am currently assistant research scientist at the Indiana University Network
Science Institute. I work on information diffusion in
close collaboration with Filippo Menczer
and Alessandro Flammini.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Informatics from
Università della Svizzera Italiana (also known as University of Lugano)
in December 2011. My research was supervised jointly by Luca Maria
Gambardella (IDSIA), Alberto Vancheri
and Paolo Giordano (co-advisor, Uni
Before joining CNetS, I was previously research analyst contractor at the
Wikimedia Foundation, working on editor
research associate at the Chair of Computational Social
Science, in the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland, and SNSF postdoctoral
fellow at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems
Research (CNetS), Indiana University
Bloomington, thanks to the generous support of the Swiss
National Science Foundation.
My research is about collective social phenomena on the Internet, in particular
large-scale collaboration platforms such as Wikipedia. I am also interested in
other complex social phenomena such as emergence of social norms, cultural
dynamics. Prior to my Ph.D. studies I also worked on models of urban growth.
You can find more information in my curriculum vitae,
complete list of publications, and my (old) software
Network Science Institute
Indiana University Bloomington
1001 Sr 45/46
Bloomington, IN 47408, USA
gciampag (AT) indiana.edu
(remove the caps)
4 Sep. 2016: The 2017 NetSci International School and Conference on Network
Science will be held in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott Indianapolis from June
19-23. More information will be available soon: http://netsci2017.net/
21 Jun. 2015: Submit to the Computational Social Science
2015 workshop! This is a satellite
event of the 2015 Conference on Complex
Systems. Deadline: June 25. For more info, see
the official website.
16 Jun. 2015: Press coverage for the work on computational fact
checking: official press
Il Sole 24
23 Aug. 2014: I am co-organizing the 2014 Workshop on Computational
Social Science, a satellite event of
18 Oct. 2013: I am the publicity chair for the ACM 2014 Conference
on Web Science.
17-19 Sep. 2013: I helped co-organize COVEnANT
2013, a satellite events at the European
Conference on Complex Systems.
27 Sep. 2012: Notabilia
Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
2012 for “Best
Interactive Visualization”. The jury was composed of David McCandless
(informationisbeautiful.net), Brian Eno, Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Maria
Popova (brainpickings.org), and Simon Rogers (Twitter).
02 Jul. 2012: I am the recipient of an SNF “Prospective Researcher”
Thanks to the financial support of the Swiss National Science
Foundation, I will join the Center for Complex Networks and Systems
Research, Indiana University, in early 2013.
12 Apr. 2012: Last December I successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis.
The revised version is now online on this page. See below for the full
reference information. UPDATE (24⁄04): The thesis is now available
on RÉRO Doc.
10 Oct. 2011: Notabilia has been included for exposition at the
Adobe Museum of Digital Media. You can
The exhibit curator is Thomas Goetz, Wired.
01 Jul. 2011: I will spend two months at the Community department of
the Wikimedia Foundation, doing
research on the
10 Jan. 2011: Notabilia, a visualization of
the longest AfD
discussions on the English Wikipedia, is now
public. Notabilia is a joint project with Moritz
Stefaner (design and visualization) and
Dario Taraborelli (data analysis and research).
Notabilia has been featured on the Dutch magazine Bright
Magazine, German magazine
Page, on visualization blogs
and on technology blogs such as Boing
and many more. Go have a look at it and… after that don’t forget to wish
Wikipedia happy birthday, because it’s turning
04 Jan. 2010: I will be visiting Dirk Helbing’s group at ETH
Zurich for the next three months!
08-12 Jun. 2009: Attended the International Workshop on Coping with
Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems
(website), and presented my work
on opinion dynamics and wikis. Slides are
here in PDF format. A video of the
talks is also available on
01 Jul. 2008: Attended the Complex Systems Summer School
at the Santa Fe Institute! Pictures are on
- C. A. Davis, G. L. Ciampaglia, et al. OSoMe: The IUNI observatory on
social media”. PeerJ Computer Science. [doi].
- C. Shao, G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Flammini, F. Menczer: Hoaxy: A Platform
for Tracking Online Misinformation. Proceedings of WWW’16 Companion.
- J. Park, G. L. Ciampaglia, E. Ferrara: Style in the age of Instagram
– Predicting success within the fashion industry using social
media. Proceedings of CSCW’16
- G. L. Ciampaglia, P. Shiralkar, L. M. Rocha, J. Bollen, F. Menczer,
A. Flammini: Computational fact checking from knowledge networks.
PLOS ONE 10(6): e01289193
- R. Fulper, G. L. Ciampaglia, E. Ferrara, F. Menczer, Y. Ahn, A.
Flammini, B. Lewis, and K. Rowe: Misogynistic Language on Twier and
Sexual Violence. Proc. ACM Web Science Workshop on Computational
Approaches to Social Modeling
- G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Flammini, F. Menczer: The production of
information in the attention economy. Scientific Reports
- G. L. Ciampaglia, D. Taraborelli. MoodBar: Increasing new user
retention in Wikipedia through lightweight socialization.
Proceedings of CSCW’15
- G. L. Ciampaglia, S. Lozano, D. Helbing: Power and Fairness in a
Generalized Ultimatum Game. PLoS One, 2014
- G. L. Ciampaglia, S. Lozano, D. Helbing: Anonymous Sharing Behavior
in Web Experiments with Different Balance of Power. Quality
Collectives: evolving socio-technical systems to support quality
- G. L. Ciampaglia: A Framework for the Calibration of Social
Simulation Models. *Advances in Complex Systems 16, 1350030,
- G. L. Ciampaglia: A Bounded Confidence Approach to Understanding
User Participation in Peer Production Systems. LNCS, 2011, Vol.
6984, pp. 269-282, Springer. [Paper:
pdf, (2.0 MB)]
- D. Taraborelli and G. L. Ciampaglia: Beyond notability. Collective
deliberation on content inclusion in Wikipedia. In Fourth IEEE
International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing
Systems Workshops (SASOW 2010), Budapest, September 27-October 1
- G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Vancheri: Empirical Analysis of User
Participation in Online Communities: the Case of Wikipedia. In
Proc. of 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social
Media (ICWSM 2010) May 23-26, 2010, George Washington University,
- G. L. Ciampaglia, B. Tirozzi. Go East: A residential land use model
for the periphery of Rome. Proceedings of iEMSs 2008: International
Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. [Paper:
pdf (9.1 MB)]
- R. Rebiha, G. L. Ciampaglia: An Ant Colony Verification Algorithm.
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Intelligent
Systems Design and Applications
These digital copies are provided here for archival reasons only. The
copyright of the respective publishers is acknowledged.
Theses & working papers
- G. L. Ciampaglia. User Participation and Community Formation in Peer
Production Systems. PhD thesis. University of Lugano, 2011.
- A. Millner, G. L. Ciampaglia, N. Aravamudan, J. Foster: The cost of
strategic adaptation in a simple conceptual model of climate change.
Working Paper for the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer
- G. L. Ciampaglia. Modello di Crescita Urbana Mediante Automi
Cellulari e Sistemi Multi-Agente. Tesi di Laurea in Informatica,
Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, 2006. (In Italian)
Taught 851-0585-04L — Lecture with Computer Exercises: Modelling and
Simulating Social Systems with
at ETH Zürich during the fall semester 2010⁄11
Assisted Luca Maria Gambardella for the
course “Information and Knowledge Management I - AI” during the spring
semester 07/08. The course’s page is
Assisted Antonio Carzaniga for the
course during the spring semester 06/07.
Links, Friends & Past Affiliations
The Neural networks and asymptotic analysis
group, at the Physics Department,
University of Rome, where I did my master thesis.
My musical profile on