Dirk Hovy is associate professor of Computer Science in the department of marketing at Bocconi University.
He did his PhD at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, working as research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute.
He works in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a subfield of artificial intelligence. His research focuses on computational social science. He is interested in integrating sociolinguistic knowledge into NLP models, and conversely, in using large-scale statistics to model the interaction between people’s socio-demographic profile and their language use.
Stefano M. Iacus, PhD, is full professor of statistics at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan. He has been a member of the R Core Team (1999-2014) for the development of the R statistical environment and now member of the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. He is also a co-founder of VOICES from the Blogs, a spinoff company of the University of Milan, specialised in Social Media and Big Data Analysis. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Tokyo; member of the SMAPP Global Network, New York University (USA); member of the Institute of Social Media Data, Waseda University; member of the Big Data Committee of the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).
His research interests include inference for stochastic processes, simulation, quantitative finance, computational statistics, causal inference, text mining, and sentiment analysis.
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