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Position: Ricercatore
Email: ti.rnc.tii@icserc.onafets
Phone: +39 050 315 8272
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Fax: +39 050 315 2593
Building: B
Entrance: 17-18
Floor: 2
Room: ISTI-I87

Stefano received his PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2018, with the highest possible grade: "Excellent cum Laude". He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa respectively in 2007 and 2013. He also received a post-graduate Master's degree in Big Data Analytics & Social Mining from the University of Pisa in 2016.

Currently, he is a Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the National Research Council (IIT-CNR) in Pisa, Italy. He is Professor of "Big Data Sources, Crowdsourcing, Crowdsensing" for the PhD course in Data Science and for the post-graduate Master's degree in Big Data Analytics & Social Mining, at the University of Pisa. Stefano is also a member of the IEEE and of the IEEE Computer Society. His professional experiences encompass both national and international collaborations with renowned research institutions and enterprises such as Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Doha, Qatar), Nokia Bell Labs (Paris, France), ISTI-CNR (Pisa, Italy), the LARTTE Laboratory of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy), and the WEVO s.r.l. startup (Pisa, Italy).

Stefano published research papers, attended, and presented his works in several national and international conferences (e.g., ACM SIGKDD, ACM WWW, AAAI ICWSM, IEEE DSAA). He also published results of his research in several national and international peer-reviewed journals (e.g., IEEE TDSC, IEEE IntSys, IEEE IntComp, Decision Support Systems). In addition, he attended and actively participated in several national and European project meetings (FP7, Justice, Horizon2020, FAR-FAS). Results of his research activity have also been discussed in local and national newspapers, tv and radio shows, as well as in scientific blogs. Stefano currently is, and has been, part of the technical program committee of several top international conferences (e.g., ACM SIGIR, ACM SIGKDD, AAAI ICWSM). He also serves as a reviewer for several international journals (e.g., Nature Communications, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TMC, IEEE TIFS, ACM TWEB, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems). In 2018, he was selected among the winners of a SAGE Ocean Concept Grant. In 2019, he won the IEEE Computer Society Italy Section Chapter 2018 PhD Thesis Award and the IEEE Next-Generation Data Scientist Award. He was selected and invited to participate to the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

His interests broadly fall at the intersection of Web science and Data science, and encompass:

  • social media analysis and mining;
  • social sensing;
  • data science;
  • big data;
  • online social networks security;
  • crisis informatics.
Cresci Stefano, 06-2020

Pubblications from 01/01/2016


Conference
Serena Tardelli, Marco Avvenuti, Stefano Cresci, Maurizio Tesconi
Characterizing Social Bots Spreading Financial Disinformation
2020, The 20th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media (SCSM'20)
Stefano Cresci, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Stefano Tognazzi
Better Safe Than Sorry: an Adversarial Approach to improve Social Bot Detection
2019, Proceedings of the 11th International ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci'19)
Stefano Cresci
Detecting Malicious Social Bots: Story of a Never-Ending Clash
2019, The 1st Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media (MISDOOM'19)
Stefano Cresci, Salvatore Minutoli, Leonardo Nizzoli, Serena Tardelli, Maurizio Tesconi
Enriching Digital Libraries with Crowdsensed Data
2019, 15th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries
Leonardo Nizzoli, Marco Avvenuti, Stefano Cresci, Maurizio Tesconi
Extremist Propaganda Tweet Classification with Deep Learning in Realistic Scenarios
2019, Proceedings of the 11th International ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci'19)
Michele Mazza, Stefano Cresci, Marco Avvenuti, Walter Quattrociocchi, Maurizio Tesconi
RTbust: Exploiting Temporal Patterns for Botnet Detection on Twitter
2019, Proceedings of the 11th International ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci'19)
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Maurizio Tesconi
Semantically-aware Statistical Metrics via Weighting Kernels
2019, The 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA'19)
Maurizio Tesconi, Stefano Cresci, Tiziano Fagni
Social Media Analytics and Intelligence
2019, Primo Convegno Nazionale CINI sull'Intelligenza Artificiale (Ital-IA 2019)
Stefano Cresci, Fabrizio Lillo, Daniele Regoli, Serena Tardelli, Maurizio Tesconi
$FAKE: Evidence of spam and bot activity in stock microblogs on Twitter
2018, The 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM'18)
Stefano Cresci, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Stefano Tognazzi
From Reaction to Proaction: Unexplored Ways to the Detection of Evolving Spambots
2018, The 2018 Web Conference Companion (WWW'18 Companion)
Journal
Stefano Cresci
A Decade of Social Bot Detection
2020, Communications of the ACM
Leonardo Nizzoli, Serena Tardelli, Marco Avvenuti, Stefano Cresci, Maurizio Tesconi, Emilio Ferrara
Charting the landscape of online cryptocurrency manipulation
2020, IEEE Access
Prieto Curiel R., Cresci S., Muntean C.I., Bishop S.R.
Crime and its fear in social media
2020, Palgrave communications
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
Emergent properties, models and laws of behavioral similarities within groups of Twitter users
2020, Computer Communications
Leonardo Nizzoli, Marco Avvenuti, Maurizio Tesconi, Stefano Cresci
Geo-Semantic-Parsing: AI-powered geoparsing by traversing semantic knowledge graphs
2020, Decision Support Systems
Vasiliki Voukelatou, Lorenzo Gabrielli, Ioanna Miliou, Stefano Cresci, Rajesh Sharma, Maurizio Tesconi, Luca Pappalardo
Measuring objective and subjective well-being: Dimensions and data sources
2020, International Journal of Data Science and Analytics
Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko, Chiara Boldrini, Guido Caldarelli, Paolo Cintia, Stefano Cresci, Angelo Facchini, Fosca Giannotti, Aristides Gionis, Riccardo Guidotti, Michael Mathioudakis, Cristina Ioana Muntean, Luca Pappalardo, Dino Pedreschi, Evangelos Pournaras, Francesca Pratesi, Maurizio Tesconi, Roberto Trasarti
(So) Big Data and the transformation of the city
2020, International Journal of Data Science and Analytics
Matteo Cinelli, Stefano Cresci, Alessandro Galeazzi, Walter Quattrociocchi, Maurizio Tesconi
The limited reach of fake news on Twitter during 2019 European elections
2020, PLoS ONE
Stefano Cresci, Fabrizio Lillo, Daniele Regoli, Serena Tardelli, Maurizio Tesconi
Cashtag Piggybacking: Uncovering Spam and Bot Activity in Stock Microblogs on Twitter
2019, ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)
Stefano Cresci, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Stefano Tognazzi
On the capability of evolved spambots to evade detection via genetic engineering
2019, Online Social Networks and Media
Contribution by volume
Stefano Cresci, Fabio Del Vigna, Maurizio Tesconi
I Big Data nella ricerca politica e sociale
2017
Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta Noemi La Polla, Maurizio Tesconi
Il fenomeno dei Fake Follower in Twitter
2017
Report
Michele Mazza, Stefano Cresci, Fabio Del Vigna, Mariantonietta N. La Polla, Maurizio Tesconi
#selfie: mapping the phenomenon
2016
Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta N. La Polla, Serena Tardelli, Maurizio Tesconi
#tweeTag: a web‐based annotation tool for Twitter data
2016
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Pubblications to 12/31/2015


ISI journal
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
Fame for Sale: Efficient Detection of Fake Twitter Followers
2015, Decision Support Systems
non-ISI journal
Anna Anguissola, Denise La Monica, Stefano Cresci
Solone: A database for European laws on cultural heritage
2013, The European Archaeologist
Anna Anguissola, Denise La Monica, Stefano Cresci
Solone: una banca dati delle norme per il patrimonio culturale. Roma e la Tarda Antichità
2013, Archeologia e Calcolatori
Conference article
Stefano Cresci, Maurizio Tesconi, Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell'Orletta
A Linguistically-driven Approach to Cross-Event Damage Assessment of Natural Disasters from Social Media Messages
2015, Proceedings of the 24th international conference companion on World Wide Web. ACM, 2015.
Stefano Cresci, Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell'Orletta, Maurizio Tesconi
Crisis Mapping during Natural Disasters via Text Analysis of Social Media Messages
2015, Web Information Systems Engineering–WISE 2015
Stefano Cresci, Davide Gazzè, Angelica Lo Duca, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Geo Data Annotator: a Web Framework for Collaborative Annotation of Geographical Datasets
2015, International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2015)
Marco Avvenuti, Fabio Del Vigna, Stefano Cresci, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Pulling Information from Social Media in the Aftermath of Unpredictable Disasters
2015, 2015 2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM 2015)
Fabio Del Vigna, Stefano Cresci
Social Media for the Common Good: the case of EARS
2015, 2015 International Workshop on Collective Intelligence for the Common Good
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
A Criticism to Society (as seen by Twitter analytics)
2014, Big Data Analytics for Security (DASec)
Marco Avvenuti, Stefano Cresci, Andrea Marchetti, Carlo Meletti, Maurizio Tesconi
EARS (Earthquake Alert and Report System): a real time decision support system for earthquake crisis management
2014, 20th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Marco Avvenuti, Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta N. La Polla, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Earthquake emergency management by Social Sensing
2014, The 2014 IEEE International Workshop on Social and Community Intelligence
Andrea Cimino, Stefano Cresci, Felice Dell’Orletta, Maurizio Tesconi
Linguistically–motivated and Lexicon Features for Sentiment Analysis of Italian Tweets
2014, The 4th Conference for Evaluation of NLP and Speech Tools for Italian (EVALITA)
Stefano Cresci, Andrea D'Errico, Davide Gazzè, Angelica Lo Duca, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Tour-pedia: a Web Application for Sentiment Visualization in Tourism Domain
2014, LREC 2014 Workshop
Conference abstract
Carlo Meletti, Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta Noemi La Polla, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Social media as seismic networks for the earthquake damage assessment
2014, The 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
Report
Salvatore Bellomo, Stefano Cresci, Fabio Del Vigna, Mariantonietta N. La Polla, Maurizio Tesconi
A platform for gathering eyewitness reports from social media users in the aftermath of emergencies
2015
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
Fame for sale: effcient detection of fake Twitter followers
2015
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
A criticism to Society (as seen by Twitter analytics)
2014
Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
A Fake Follower Story: improving fake accounts detection on Twitter
2014
Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta Noemi La Polla, Andrea Marchetti, Carlo Meletti, Maurizio Tesconi
Towards a Timely Prediction of Earthquake Intensity with Social Media
2014
Roberto Di Pietro, Stefano Cresci, Marinella Petrocchi, Angelo Spognardi, Maurizio Tesconi
Fake accounts detection on Twitter
2013
Stefano Cresci, Mariantonietta La Polla, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi
Social Sensing: using Social Media for an Early Warning system
2013