I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, in the Information and Data Sciences group.

My current research focuses on causal analysis of large-scale social media timelines, with the vision of making causal question-answering as fast and as common as web search. With hundreds of millions of people publicly reporting on their daily experiences, we can data mine these social media streams to better understand the common and critical situations people are in, the actions they take, and their implications.  These inferences are useful for many applications including decision support tools for individuals and analytics to support policy-makers and scientists.

OSSM Tutorial: Causal inference over social media

Here are the slides for my tutorial on applying causal inference to social media timelines, presented at the Workshop on Observational Studies in Social Media (OSSM) at ICWSM 2017.  The talk emphasizes counterfactual intuitions and highlights common pitfalls.  This tutorial steps through the process of analyzing social media timelines with a focus on treatment identification, covariate featurization and outcome analysis applicable to a broad class of conditioned inference algorithms.   tutorial_kiciman_ossm17

Here are the papers I referenced in the slides:


Maison Keynote: Learning about Personal Experiences and their Outcomes: Analyzing Social Media as an Observational Study

Here are the slides for my talk, “Learning about Personal Experiences and their Outcomes: Analyzing Social Media as an Observational Study”. maison_keynote_kiciman_2016-02-10

I presented this as a keynote at the MAISoN 2017, WSDM workshop.

The talk references the following papers:


Upcoming ICWSM and WebSci papers

I’ve posted the PDFs of our upcoming ICWSM and WebSci papers, Towards an Open-Domain Framework for Distilling the Outcomes of Personal Experiences from Social Media Timelines; and Information Dissemination in Heterogeneous-Intent Networks.  Also, this week at CHI, Munmun De Choudhury presented our paper, Shifts to Suicidal Ideation from Mental Health Content in Social Media, which received an honorable mention.

We’ll be presenting a tutorial, “A Critical Review of Online Social Data: Limitations, Ethical Challenges, and Current Solutions,” at ICWSM-16.  Come join us!  With Alexandra Olteanu, Carlos Castillo and Fernando Diaz.