“I think of myself as a computer scientist who is interested in social questions.” – Jon Kleinberg
Hi! I am Pablo Aragón, doctoral researcher at the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning research group in Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My research focuses on the effects of digital platforms in citizen participatory processes as well as the online network structures of grassroots movements and political parties. I am particularly interested in:
- Computational Social Science,
- Social Systems,
- Digital Democracy,
- Social Network Analysis.
Since 2011, I work as a data scientist at the Big Data & Data Science Unit in Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya (formerly known as Barcelona Media), where my main activity deals with understanding social phenomena through the analysis of data from the Internet. I was also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) in 2018 and I actively collaborate with:
- Barcelona City Council (Area of Citizen Rights, Participation and Transparency) for Decidim, the free open source platform for participatory democracy. In particular, I have co-founded and served as the first coordinator of the Laboratory for Democratic Innovation of Barcelona, an open space at Fabra i Coats to solve urban challenges in an intelligent, participatory and democratic manner.
- Madrid City Council (Medialab Prado) for the Collective Intelligence for Participatory Democracy Lab – Participa Lab. In particular, I coordinated the Data Analysis for Citizen Participation project and contributed to the Democratic Cities // Collective Intelligence for Democracy conference/hackaton (mentorship in 2016, and research in 2017).
These collaborations extend the work done as a co-founder member of the research network DatAnalysis15M (book here, free content here). My research activities include my services at the Program Comittee of
- WWW 2019,
- ICWSM 2016-2019,
- WebSci 2019,
- SocInfo 2017-2019,
- IC2S2 2018-2019
- Euro CSS 2017-2019,
- CSS Summer School on methods 2018-2019,
and the review of journals articles in
- PLOS ONE,
- EPJ Data Science,
- Policy & Internet,
- Information Systems Frontiers,
- Online Social Networks and Media,
I have served as teaching assistant of the Discrete Mathematics course at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and co-supervised the MSc thesis:
- Gallego H. (2017), Computational comparative analysis of the Twitter networks of the 2015 and 2016 Spanish national elections, MSc thesis, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Intelligent Interactive Systems
I have also served as invited lecturer at
- Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,
- Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona,
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,
- Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey,
- Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro,
- The Europaeum.
Prior to my academic career I worked for two years as a data engineer designing backend systems for social media monitoring processes in a startup company.
I am currently pursuing a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I obtained a MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia – UNED in 2016, and a BSc+MSc in Computer Science & Engineering at the Universidad de Zaragoza in 2010, which included a full year as an exchange student at Luleå Tekniska Universitet (Sweden). I also attended the 1st Summer School on Methods for Computational Social Science and the 1st Summer School of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science.
Erdős number = 4
|4||Pablo Aragón||García-Gavilanes, Ruth; Kaltenbrunner, Andreas; Sáez-Trumper, Diego; Baeza-Yates, Ricardo; Aragón, Pablo; Laniado, David. Who are my Audiences? A Study of the Evolution of Target Audiences in Microblogs. 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (2014).|
|3||Ricardo A. Baeza-Yates||Szwarcfiter, Jayme L.; Navarro, Gonzalo; Baeza-Yates, Ricardo; Oliveira, Joísa de S.; Cunto, Walter; Ziviani, Nívio Optimal binary search trees with costs depending on the access paths. Theoret. Comput. Sci. 290 (2003), no. 3, 1799–1814.|
|2||Jayme Luiz Szwarcfiter||de Figueiredo, Celina M. H.; Gimbel, John; Mello, Célia P.; Szwarcfiter, Jayme L. Sources and sinks in comparability graphs. Order 14 (1997), no. 1, 75–83.|
|1||John Gordon Gimbel||Erdős, Paul; Gimbel, John; Straight, H. Joseph Chromatic number versus cochromatic number in graphs with bounded clique number. European J. Combin. 11 (1990), no. 3, 235–240.|