Social computing

Social computing is an interdisciplinary field that sits at the intersection of computer science and disciplines that study human behaviour.

Social computing

It aims to understand collaboration and interaction observed via social-technical systems such as online social networks and web-enabled applications.

Examples of research that we conduct include:

  • machine classification of human generated content in Web-enabled systems
  • statistical modelling of social processes and content propagation in online social networks
  • understanding human personality and behaviour
  • studying interaction with smartphones
  • measuring evolution of cooperation
  • real-time computational analytics to assess risk to human safety.

This priority area is underpinned by activities of the Social Data Science Lab and the Mobile and Social Computing Lab.

Priority area leader

Pete Burnap

Professor Pete Burnap

Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity

Related projects

TitleHolderSourceValue (£Ks)
Centre for Cyberhate Research & Policy: Real-time scalable methods and infrastructure for modelling the spread of cyberhate on social mediaProf M Williams, Dr P BurnapESRC247.08
ESRC Capital Funding: Social Data Science Lab - Continuation of methods and infrastructure development open data analytics in social researchDr P Burnap, Prof O Rana, Prof M Williams, Dr L SloanESRC456.19
A social impact assessment of poverty alleviation and climate change in Ethiopia and EritreaProf T Edwards, Prof O RanaESRC6.81
The 2016 Welsh election study: A study of the 2016 election to the National Assembly for WalesProfessor R Scully, Dr L Sloan, Dr M Williams, Dr P Burnap, Prof R JonesESRC258.27
Big Data analytics projectDr P BurnapKTP and Admiral355.89
Investigating the link between social media activity and reporting crimeDr P burnapMetropolitan Police Service41.63
Using the smartphone to monitor mood statesProfessor D Linden, Professor R Whitaker and Dr S AllenWellcome Trust45.78
Embedding COSMOS within public safety organisationsDr P Burnap and Professor O Rana with Dr L Sloan and Dr M Williams (Social Science)ESRC23.0
Industrial secondmentDr P BurnapAirbus Group Ltd22.18
Digital Wildfire: (Mis)information flows, propagation and responsible governanceDr P Burlap and Professor OF RanaESRC via University of Oxford42.93