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Social Media Research Group – One-day Workshop

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014

Venue: Executive Boardroom, College Building, Hendon Campus

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability 20-25 Delegates)


One-Day Workshop Event

Keynote Speakers

Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre For the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos

Carl is the founding Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. It is the first British think tank unit dedicated to researching and understanding the digital world.

He is interested in how social media is changing politics, society, security and academia. This includes the birth of social media science and SOCMINT (social media intelligence), politics and campaigns on social media, security, terrorism, crime and law enforcement in a digital age. He writes widely on all these issues for Demos, mainstream and academic publications, frequently contributes to Wired and often comments in the national and international press.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London, and has been a guest leader-expert on social media for NATO.


Farida Vis, Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and big data research’, based at Sheffield University.

Farida is a Faculty Research Fellow in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. focusing on social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. For ten years she has developed critical methods and tools for analysing social media data and completed several high profile interdisciplinary (cross-sector) projects such as ‘Reading the Riots on Twitter’, which examined 2.6 million riot tweets following the UK 2011 summer riots, in partnership with The Guardian and Twitter.

Currently, she is Director of the Visual Media Lab and PI on an ESRC funded project designed to better understand the huge volumes of images now routinely shared on social media and what this means for society. Entitled: ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and Big Data research’, it involves an interdisciplinary team of seven researchers from four universities as well as industry.

She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media, is a regular public speaker, and advises UK research councils on developing funding opportunities in social media research

 Research Questions

  • How can computer science expertise contribute to our ability to pursue social media research through data analytics?
  • What is important to research in relation to social media?
  • How can we use interdisciplinary expertise to develop these research projects?

To register for this event simply visit the Staff Development Portal or click on the link Social Media Research Workshop Registration.


Facilitator: Jane Arthurs, Professor of Television, Department of Media, Middlesex University.

9:30            Welcome and introduction to the day

10:00 – 11:30             Keynote Speaker – Carl Miller

Carl will talk generally about the rise of social media, and the research opportunities that it offers, and about the methodological and ethical challenges that it poses. He will also discuss some of the most important emerging technologies that this young field is using. In addition he will looking in greater detail at attitudinal analysis of Twitter, and talk about their latest research report: ‘Vox digitas: Understanding digital voices’.

11:30 – 11:45              Refreshment break

11:45 – 13:15               Keynote Speaker – Farida Vis

Farida will talk about her personal experiences of inter/post-disciplinary work on social media, reflecting on what does and doesn’t work and why? A key question is: how can and do we productively talk to each other? She will also explain ‘Picturing the Social’, including the research tool and how they are planning to use the Lab to engage with external stakeholders. She will then offer an overview of free tools currently available for social media research and how we might assess these in relation to different research questions. Finally, she will comment on wider trends within social media research, the changing nature of the funding climate, and point to possible future opportunities we may like to explore.

13:15 – 14:00                 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:00                Research Development Workshop

We will break into groups to discuss and develop research ideas and methods with Carl and Farida present to offer advice and direction. These may concern projects already in development or new initiatives in the early stages or even entirely new ideas stimulated by the mornings presentations. Participants will be free to move around the groups.

16:00 – 16:30               Report back and follow-up plans


Supported by funding from the Centre for Ideas (Cfi) and the School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University.

Conceived and developed by the Social Media Research Group, Middlesex University. Current membership: Jane Arthurs (Media) Saeed Akhlaghpour (Business) Xiaochun Cheng (Computer Science) Paul Cobley (Media) Theresa Cronin (Media), Pedro DeSenna (Performing Arts) Chris Dromey (Performing Arts) Aidan O’Donnell (Media) Nasreen Hussein (Performing Arts), Josephine Machon (Performing Arts) Edward McCaffery (Media) Kevin McDonald (Sociology and Criminology) Sylvia Shaw (Media) Damian Sutton (Art and Design) Lucia Vodanovic (Media)

Additional members of the group are welcomed from across the university. Please contact Jane Arthurs E: j.arthurs@mdx.ac.uk.





Interdisciplinary Techniques to Reduce Uncertainty in the Sciences – Workshop

Date: 24th September 2014

Venue: Room CG82, College Building, Hendon Campus

Time: 10am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability)


Science, in its theoretical endeavour, and Technology, in the development of applications, have always been facing the essential problem of reducing uncertainty: from devising deductive models to calculating differentials and infinities. The probabilistic account is nowadays considered the right framework to understand and use uncertainties. But the forms and concepts of uncertainty are diverse in the various sciences and applications, including computing, biology, game theory, security, data analytics and visualization. This workshop aims at building a dialogue between formal, historical and technical accounts of the notion of uncertainty, to explore possible intra- and inter-disciplinary understandings.

Supported by the Centre for Ideas and the Maison Européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société (Lille), this workshop builds on an informal scientific collaboration between the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University and the research group Savoirs, Textes, Langage of the University of Lille3.

To register to attend simply email Dr Giuseppe Primiero E: g.primiero@mdx.ac.uk



10:00 – 10:30          Registration & Refreshments

10:30                            Introduction – G. Primiero

Session 1: History and Philosophy

10:30 – 11:15

Liesbeth de Mol (CNRS & Lille3): Formalization and calculation. Uncertainty and unpredictability in early computing.

11:15 – 12:00

Tomas Petricek (University of Cambridge): Philosophical reflections on programming with context.

12:00 – 13:30            Lunch

Session 2: Modelling Uncertainty

13:30 – 14:15

Franco Raimondi (Middlesex University): Reasoning about quantified beliefs.

14:15 – 15:00

Hykel Hosni (Pisa, LSE): Uncertain reasoning: from applications to foundations.

15:00 – 15:30          Mid-Afternoon Break

Session 3: Applications

15:30 – 16:15

Florian Kammueller (Middlesex University): Modeling Human Behaviour with Higher Order Logic: Insider Threats.

16:15 – 17:00

Chris Rooney (Middlesex University): Computing, representing and understanding uncertainty in police intelligence analysis: the problems we face in the FP7 VALCRI project.

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For further information please contact Mita Vaghji (Event Coordinator Cfi & RKTO), T: 0208 411 6664 E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk