I am a full professor (W3) for Applied Computational Social Sciences at RWTH Aachen and the Scientific Director of the department Computational Social Science at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Before that I was a W1 professor for Data Science at the University Koblenz-Landau and the team lead of team Data Science at GESIS that investigates social phenomena in offline and online social networks and social media. I received my PhD from Graz University of Technology in 2013, before I joined GESIS as postdoctoral researcher (2013-2016). I was awarded with a DOC-fFORTE fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Science for my PhD. During my PhD I conducted several international research internships, amongst others at HP labs (Social Computation Research group, Feb-April 2013), Xerox PARC (Augmented Social Cognition group, Jun-Sept 2011) and the Open University (Knowledge Media Institute).
I am organizing interdisciplinary training events for early career researchers (e.g. the CSS methods Summer School) and coordinate the development of new data collection and analysis instruments for digital trace data at GESIS. I am also part of the Advisory Board of the NRW Graduate School Digital Society, a Steering Committee Member of International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, a Steering Committee Member of International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security, and an external faculty member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.
My research focuses on measuring, predicting and explaining socio-technical phenomena (e.g. inequality, sexism, perception bias) and their consequences in algorithmically infused societies and the methodological challenges that arise when studying these phenomena empirically.