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Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics

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. Reinhold Kliegl from the University of Potsdam.

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.



Workshop: Social Media Impact on International Affairs

SCILA’s Professor Dr. Kliegl, Olessia Koltsova, Victoria Vziatysheva, and Sergei Pashakhinhave presented their work at the workshop in Bonn, Germany.

Meet Prof. Reinhold Kliegl, SCILa’s new academic supervisor

We are happy to introduce a new academic supervisor of the Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics—Reinhold Kliegl, senior professor of experimental psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Professor Reinhold Kliegl: a talk on STD for Fake News research at TeDCog Group

The Technology, Democracy, and Cognition group at the University of Bristol (TeDCog) hosted a seminar on our FakeNews project. Professor Kliegl presented an approach for analyzing experimental data using Signal-detection theory in the context of fake news research.

SCILA at the 5th International Neurobiology of Speech and Language Conference – 2021

Elena Artemenko from SCILA took part in the 5th International Neurobiology of Speech and Language Conference – 2021 with the report on experimental methods of language acquisition.


Apply for the ICA regional conference (June 27-29, 2022) till the 25th of December, 2021!

Kirill Bryanov at the IAMCR meeting

SCILA Research Fellow presented a paper on the perceptions of foreign news coverage credibility in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia at the International Association for Media and Communication Research meeting.

Polina Panicheva at the Data Science Meetup GPN

2 July Polina Panicheva gave a talk "Predicting psychological well-being with digital traces" at one of the most anticipated online meetups of this summer.

Congratulations! Kirill Bryanov and Victoria Vziatysheva have published a new article in PLOS ONE!

Within the framework of the FakeNews project colleagues from SCILA prepared a review article on various projects of empirical investigations of people’s susceptibility to false information online.

SCILA at the WebSci’21

SCILA team discussed online experiments during the workshop at the WebSci’21

Olessia Koltsova at the ICA 2021 Regional Hub

May 27 the head of SCILA Olessia Koltsova took part in the Q&A Session at the 71st Annual ICA Conference and shared the most important tips for publishing in high impact journals.

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