The Social and Cognitive Informatics Laboratory (SCILA), established in November 2019, is the successor of the Laboratory for Internet Studies (LINIS) and builds upon its team and some of its previous research. Its founding international supervisor is Prof. Steffen Staab, the head of the Institute of Web Science and Technologies (WeST) as of the time of SCILA establishment. The current supervisor of our laboratory is Prof. Paolo Rosso from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).
SCILA’s interdisciplinary team seeks to investigate and model interaction of individual humans and groups with information, knowledge, respective technologies and with other humans using these technologies. The research strongly relies both on the knowledge from social, behavioral and cognitive sciences and on the cutting-edge approaches from computer science, including machine learning and computational linguistics. As much of information processing happens online, Internet—the previous focus of the Lab’s research—is an integral part of the SCILA’s studies.
Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics is organizing a workshop on the methodology of web-based experiments on June 22. It will be hosted by the Web Science Conference 2021.
The EMS-SCS Summer School will be held on July 13-22, 2021. You still have a chance to apply!
On the 24th of February Olessia Koltsova gave a talk "What Do Online Experiments Tell Us About Political Fake News Recognition and Trust?" based on the online experiments results conducted within the framework of the FakeNews Project at the seminar Connected_Politics Lab.
SCILA researchers presented two papers at the 9th conference on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language (AINL 2020), which took place from 7 to 9 October 2020.
SCILA research fellow Kirill Bryanov gave a talk at the 116th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which was held as an online-conference from the 9th to the 13th of September.
16-17 July our research fellow Vera Ignatenko was participating in the Computing Conference 2020, which has been held in London every year since 2013.
29 June - 3 July SCILA was holding a learning workshop for researchers "Fixed and Random Effects Models in Social Studies and Psychology". Amazing speakers Ivan Ivanchei and Boris Sokolov told our participants about all nuances of multilevel modeling.
Since June 22, 2020, Professor Paolo Rosso has officially taken the responsibilities of SCILA’s academic supervisor. Paolo Rosso is a full professor at the department of Information Systems and Computation of Polytechnical university of Valencia, Spain, where he also heads Natural Language Engineering research group within Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technologies Research Centre (PRHLT).
Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics has finished the online experiment related to the fake news detection. Approximately 10 000 people took part in it.