Onur Varol
OH-ner VAH-roal
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Hi! I'm Onur Varol, a recent Ph.D. in Informatics. I graduated from School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington. Soon I will start working at Northeastern University at the Center for Complex Network Research as a postdoctoral researcher.

I am a member of NaN group. My research activities focus on modeling user interactions, leveraging online data across multiple platforms to understand conscious and unconscious behaviors. During my PhD, I focused on the detection of persuasion campaigns and social bots using the tools of machine learning, data mining, and network analysis. I developed a social bot detection system Botometer (aka BotOrNot). I'm closely working with Prof. Filippo Menczer, Alessandro Flammini, and Emilio Ferrara on various projects related with detection of manipulation on social media. Details on projects can be found in research and publications sections.

Research interests: Complex Systems, Network Science, Machine Learning, Data Science, Computational Social Science

  • Ph.D. Informatics, Indiana University, 2017
  • M.Sc. Computer Science and Engineering, Koc University, 2012
  • B.Sc. Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2012
  • B.Sc. Electronics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2010