Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia

A picture of me, GLC.

About Me

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 (co-advisor, SUPSI) and Paolo Giordano (co-advisor, Uni Wien).

Before joining CNetS, I was previously research analyst contractor at the Wikimedia Foundation, working on editor engagement issues, 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 portfolio.

Contact Information


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:

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 release, Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian), VICE Magazine, Pacific Standard.

23 Aug. 2014: I am co-organizing the 2014 Workshop on Computational Social Science, a satellite event of ECCS’14.

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 won the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2012 for “Best Interactive Visualization”. The jury was composed of David McCandless (, Brian Eno, Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Maria Popova (, and Simon Rogers (Twitter).

02 Jul. 2012: I am the recipient of an SNF “Prospective Researcher” fellowship. 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 (2404): 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 find it here. 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 Wikipedia community.

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 Infosthetics and Flowing data, and on technology blogs such as Boing 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 10 soon!

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 videolectures.

01 Jul. 2008: Attended the Complex Systems Summer School 2008 at the Santa Fe Institute! Pictures are on Picasa.

Publications (Google Scholar)

These digital copies are provided here for archival reasons only. The copyright of the respective publishers is acknowledged.

Theses & working papers


Taught 851-0585-04L — Lecture with Computer Exercises: Modelling and Simulating Social Systems with MATLAB at ETH Zürich during the fall semester 201011

Assisted Luca Maria Gambardella for the course “Information and Knowledge Management I - AI” during the spring semester 07/08. The course’s page is here.

Assisted Antonio Carzaniga for the Computer Networking course during the spring semester 06/07.

The Neural networks and asymptotic analysis group, at the Physics Department, University of Rome, where I did my master thesis.

My musical profile on