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Researcher in Data Science with a focus in Social Computing

My research effort concentrates in the area of Social Computing, particularly in the analysis of social media based on the following topics:

  • Data mining based on Bayesian modelling and NLP techniques
  • Information retrieval methods based on semantic web technologies and graph-based algorithms
  • Machine learning-based approaches
  • Online algorithms

I'm particularly interested on the real-time analysis and detection of antisocial behaviour in social media. My previous work includes the development of methodologies for child-grooming detection in online chatrooms and the automatic detection of violence-related content in tweets.

I studied for a Ph.D. (2008-­2012) under the supervision of Prof. Fabio Ciravegna at the OAK group at the University of Sheffield. My PhD thesis explored the application of semantic models and machine learning approaches for the mining of social media with a focus on entity profiling.

Currently I work on the MK:Smart project at Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) from the Open Univesity, which focuses on the use of sensor data for Smart cities. Within this project I'm working on models that allows the combination of heterogeneous sensor-­based data sources and social media for the creation of a so­-called city observatory.

I'm a former Physicist and Computer Engineer from the Autonomous University of Mexico. I completed my M.Sc. in Advanced Computer Science with a focus on Semantic Web and NLP at the University of Sheffield.

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Contact Information

Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

Previously I worked on the ReDiTes project which is a joint venture between Aston Engineering and Applied Science, Edinburgh Informatics, Glasgow Computer Science, Loughorough Computer Science and Sheffield Computer Science. The project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and DSTL. This project researched novel approches for the real-time detection, interpretation and monitoring of events in Social media.

Previously I worked as research associate at the KMi at the Open University on the EPSRC-DSTL funded Violence Detection Project with Dr. Yulan He as PI. The project focused on the real-time detection of violence and extremism from social media. During the project we proposed novel Bayesian models for the detection and characterisation of violent content in social media.

2015

  • Impact of Gender Diversity and Equality Initiatives. WomENcourage. P.Yadav, M. Kiran, A. Bennaceur, L.Georgieva, M. Salama, A.E. Cano
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  • Making Sense of Microposts (#Microposts2015) Named Entity rEcognition & Linking Challenge. Rizzo, G.; Cano, A.E.; Pereira B.; Varga, A.In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW 2015) companion, Florence, Italy
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2014

  • Detecting child grooming behaviour patterns on social media. Cano, A.E.; Fernández, M. and Alani, H.(2014). In SociInfo 2014: The 6th International Conference on Social Informatics, 10-13 Nov 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Policing Engagement via Social Media. Fernandez, M., Cano, E. and Alani, H. (2014). Workshop: City Labs Workshop at 6th International Conference on Social Informatics. SociInfo, 10-13 Nov 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
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  • Using social media to inform policy making: to whom are we listening? Fernández, M.; Wandhoefer, T.; Allen, B.; Cano, A.E. and Alani, H. (2014). In European Conference on Social Media (ECSM 2014), 10 - 11 July 2014, Brighton, UK
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  • The Topics they are a-Changing — Characterising Topics with Time-Stamped Semantic Graphs. Cano, A.E.; He, Y. and Alani, H. (Poster Track). 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC14), Riva del Garda, Trentino Italy 2014.
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  • Automatic Labelling of Topic Models Learned from Twitter by Summarisation. A. E. Cano and Yulan He and Ruifeng Xu. ACL, Baltimore USA, June 2014.
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  • Real-Time Detection, Tracking and Monitoring of Automatically Discovered Events in Social Media. Miles Osborne, Sean Moran, Richard McCreadie, Alexander Von Lunen, Martin Sykora, A. E. Cano, Neil Ireson, Craig MacDonald, Iadh Ounis, Yulan He, Tom Jackson, Fabio Ciravegna and Ann O'Brien. ACL, Baltimore USA, June 2014.
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  • Linked knowledge sources for topic classification of microposts: A semantic graph-based approach. Varga, A., Cano, A.E., Rowe, M., Ciravegna, F. and He, Y. 2014. Journal of Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web (JWS), Elsevier.
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  • Making Sense of Microposts (#Microposts2014) Named Entity Extraction & Linking Challenge. Cano, A.E., Rizzo, G., Varga, A., Rowe, M., Stankovic, M. and Dadzie., A.-S. 2014.In Proceedings of the 23nd International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW 2014) companion, Seoul, Korea
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2013

  • A Weakly Supervised Bayesian Model for Violence Detection in Social Media. A. E. Cano, Y. He, Liu K. and Zhao J. In the proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP). Nagoya, Japan (2013)
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  • Making Sense of Microposts (#MSM2013) Concept Extraction Challenge. Cano, A.E., Varga, A., Rowe, M., Stankovic, M. and Dadzie., A.-S. 2013. In proceedings of the Concept Extraction Challenge at the Workshop on 'Making Sense of Microposts', at the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'13), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Harnessing Linked Knowledge Source for Topic Classification in Social Media. Cano, A. E., Varga, A., Rowe, M., He, Y. and Ciravegna, F. In the proceedings of the ACM Hypertext and Social Media Conference. Paris, France. (2013)
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  • On the Study of Reducing the Lexical Differences between Social Knowledge Sources and Twitter for Topic Classification. Varga, A., Cano, A.E., Ciravegna, F. and He, Y. In Proceedings of Knowledge Engineering: Principles and Techniques Conference (KEPT 2013)
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  • Visualising Topical Sentiment and Influence in Social Media. Mazumdar, D., Lanfranchi, V., Cano, A.E., Ciravegna F. In proceedings of Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response (SMILE) Workshop. Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2013, Montpellier, France 2013.
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Book Chapters

  • Travel Mashups, Semantic Mashups, A. E. Cano, A. Dadzie and F. Ciravegna. Edited by B. Endres-Niggemeyer, Springer, to appear (2013)
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2012

  • Social Influence Analysis in Microblogging Platforms - A topic-Sensitive based Approach. Cano, A. E., Mazumdar, D., and Ciravegna, F. In Press. Special Issue on The Semantics of Microposts. Semantic Web Journal. 2013
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  • Topica – Profiling Locations through Social Streams. A. E. Cano, A.-S. Dadzie, G. Burel and F. Ciravegna. to appear in Proc. of Joint International Semantic Technology Conference (JIST2012). (2012)
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  • Online Sentiment and Topic Dynamics Tracking over the Streaming Data. He, Y., Lin, C. and Cano Basave, E. IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (2012)
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  • Exploring the Similarity between Social Knowledge Sources and Twitter for Cross-domain Topic Classification. A. Varga, A. E. Cano and F. Ciravegna. Workshop on Knowledge Extraction and Consolidation from Social Media, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012), Boston, USA. (2012) (Best Paper Award )
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2011

  • Volatile Classification of Point of Interests based on Social Activity Streams. A. E. Cano , A. Varga, and F. Ciravegna. Workshop on Social Data on the Web (SDOW 2011), International Semantic Web Conference 2011, Bonn, Germany. (2011).
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  • TOPICA: A Tool for Visualising Emerging Semantics of POIs based on Social Awareness Streams. A. E. Cano, G. Burel, A.-S. Dadzie, and F. Ciravegna. Proc., (Demo Track) International Semantic Web Conference 2011, Bonn, Germany. (2011).
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  • Does Size Matter? When Small is Good Enough. A. L. Gentile, A. E. Cano, A.-S. Dadzie, V. Lanfranchi, and N. Ireson. Workshop on Making Sense of Microposts (MSM2011), Extended Semantic Web Conference 2011, Heraklion, Crete. (2011)
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  • Follow Me: Capturing Entity-Based Semantics Emerging from Personal Awareness Streams. A. E. Cano, S. Tucker, F. Ciravegna. Workshop on Making Sense of Microposts (MSM2011)
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  • Sensing Presence (PreSense) Ontology User Modelling in the Semantic Sensor Web. A. E. Cano, A.-S. Dadzie, V. Uren. Workshop on User Profile Data on the Social Semantic Web (UWeb 2011), Extended Semantic Web Conference 2011, Heraklion, Crete. (2011)
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  • Modelling Point of Interest through Social Awareness Streams. A. E. Cano, G. Burel, and A.-S. Dadzie, (Awarded 2nd Prize) AIMashup Challenge, Extended Semantic Web Conference 2011, Heraklion, Crete. (2011)
  • Identifying Information Needs by Modelling Collective Query Patterns. K. Elbedweihy, D. Mazumdar, A.E. Cano, S. Wrigley, and F. Ciravegna. Workshop on Consuming Linked Data (COLD 2011), International Semantic Web Conference 2011, Bonn, Germany. (2011)
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  • SEMLEX A Framework for Visually Exploring Semantic Query Log Analysis. D. Mazumdar, K. Elbedweihy, A.E. Cano, S. Wrigley, and F. Ciravegna. Proc., (Demo Track) International Semantic Web Conference 2011, Bonn, Germany. (2011)
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  • Who’s Who A Linked Data Visualisation Tool for Mobile Environments. A. E. Cano, A.-S. Dadzie, M. Hartmann. Proc., Part II (Demo Track) Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2011), Heraklion, Crete. (2011)
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2010

  • Representing, Proving and Sharing Trustworthiness of Web Resources Using Veracity. G. Burel, A. E.Cano, M. Rowe and A. Sosa. Proc. of EKAW 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. (2010)
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  • Veracity-Modelling and Proving Trustworthiness of Web Resources. G. Burel, A. E.Cano, M. Rowe and A. Sosa. In poster track of European Semantic Web Conference 2010, Heraklion, Crete. (2010)

2009

  • Position Statement: Improving Support for Web-based Visual Analysis of Social Graphs. A.-S. Dadzie, M. Rowe, A. E. Cano. Putting Visualization on the Web Workshop, IEEE VisWeek. (2009)
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  • Metasocial Wiki - Towards Interlinked Knowledge in a Decentralized Social Space. A. E. Cano, M. Rowe and F Ciravegna. Semantic Wiki Workshop, European Semantic Web Conference 2009. Heraklion, Crete. (2009)
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  • Ozone Browser: Augmenting the Web with Semantic Overlays. G. Burel, A. E. Cano and V. Lanfranchi. Scripting and Development for the Semantic Web Workshop, European Semantic Web Conference 2009. Heraklion, Crete. (2009)
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  • XDI Trust Information - A Trustability Protocol for Validating Distributed Information. A. E. Cano and G. Burel. W3C Future of Social Networking Workshop, Barcelona, Spain (2009).
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Journals:

Conferences and Workshops:

2015

2014

2013

Other years

  • Making Sense of Microposts (#MSM2012) at the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2012
  • Making Sense of Microposts (#MSM2011) at the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2011

Symposia

2015

2014

  • Co-organiser of Understanding the Positive and Negative Sides of Social Media (PANSOM2013) at the 23th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2013
  • Chair of the Concept Extraction Challenge at the 3rd Making Sense of Microposts Workshop (#MSM2013).