[I moved to EPFL in December 2016, so this website isn't updated any longer.
My new website lives at http://dlab.epfl.ch/people/west/.]
My research aims to understand, predict, and enhance human behavior in social and information networks
by developing techniques in data science, data mining, network analysis, machine learning,
and natural language processing.
Previously, I received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University (advised by
Jure Leskovec), an MSc from McGill University
in Montreal, and a Diplom from Technische Universität München in Munich.
Although I'm not on the job market anymore, my application material is still available
here for those interested.
Email: click here to see it
Office location: William Gates Computer Science Building, Room 450
2016/12/23: Co-organizing Wiki Workshop 2017 @ WWW
2017 in Perth, Australia, on April 3 or 4, 2017 (exact date TBD) — consider submitting a paper or extended abstract!
2016/12/23: Co-organizing Applied Machine Learning Days at EPFL on
January 30/31, 2017 — register now!
2016/06/22: Super excited to start as a tenure-track assistant professor at EPFL in Switzerland in late 2016
2016/04/19: PhD thesis successfully defended
2016/04/13: Our paper on "Growing Wikipedia across Languages via Recommendation" was featured as a
best-paper runner-up at WWW'16.
2015/12/30: Co-organizing Wiki Workshop 2016 @ WWW
and ICWSM — consider submitting a paper or extended abstract!
2015/12/15: Two papers accepted to WWW'16
2015/12/03: Plenary talk on "Death of famous people in the media" at
GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium in Cologne, Germany
2015/10/14: Paper with Ashwin Paranjape, Jure Leskovec, and Leila Zia (Wikimedia) accepted to WSDM'16
2015/09/08: Invited talk at GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany
2015/08/07: Gave a guest lecture to the super smart and curious girls taking part in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer.
2015/06/02: Invited talk at the Language and Network Science Symposium at NetSci 2015 in Zaragoza, Spain
2015/05/26: I won the 2015 ICWSM Science Slam with a
talk about Unfun.me! :)
2015/05/26: Our ICWSM Workshop on Wikipedia, a Social Pedia: Research Challenges and Opportunities in Oxford was a great success!
2014/11/26: Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Saarbrücken, Germany
2014/11/20: Guest lecture in Stanford's "Minds and Machines" class (SymSys-100)
Try Unfun.me — a fun language game!