Emilio Ferrara

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Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science


  • 2011, Doctoral Degree, Machine Learning, University of Messina
  • 2008, Master's Degree, Computer Science, University of Messina
  • 2006, Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science, University of Messina


Dr. Emilio Ferrara is Visiting Associate Professor of Communication (USC Annenberg) and Computer Science (USC Viterbi) and Associate Director of Applied Data Science programs, Research Team Leader at the USC Information Sciences Institute, and Principal Investigator at the USC/ISI Machine Intelligence and Data Science (MINDS) group.

Ferrara's research interests include using AI for modeling and predicting human behavior in techno-social systems. Ferrara has published over 150 articles on social networks, machine learning, and network science, appeared in venues like Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, Communications of the ACM, Physical Review Letters, and his research has been featured on all major news outlets.

He was named 2015 IBM Watson Big Data Influencer, he received the 2016 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2016 Complex Systems Society Junior Scientific Award, and the 2018 DARPA Director's Fellowship. His research is supported by DARPA, IARPA, the Air Force, and the Office of Naval Research.

Research Summary

AI, network science, data science, machine learning, computational social sciences


  • 2018 DARPA Director's Fellowship
  • 2016 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2016 Complex Systems Society Junior Scientific Award
  • 2015 IBM Watson Big Data Influencer
  • Dir-Acad Prog, Data Sciences Program
  • USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism -- School of Communication
  • Computer Science

  • ISI 933
  • Information Science Institute
  • 4676 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey Ca 90292

Contact Information
  • (310) 448-8661
  • ferrarae@isi.edu


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