Xénia Farkas

Xénia Farkas is a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science Centre for Social Sciences in Hungary. Her current research focuses on visual political communications on social media through visual content analysis and social semiotics. Xénia will be visiting the Observatory as a Fulbright Researcher from September 2021 - February 2022.




Francesco Pierri

Francesco Pierri is a Ph.D. student at Politecnico di Milano, under the supervision of prof. Stefano Ceri and prof. Fabio Pammolli. His research focuses on understanding (dis)information diffusion on online social networks. Franceso is working on vaccine misinformation and predicting its impact on vaccine rollout during his Fall 2021 visit.





Anora Sodikova

Anora Sodikova is a journalist who focuses on subjects like free speech, social justice, and women's rights. She is the editor-in-chief of, one of the most popular news sites in Uzbekistan. She is best known in Uzbekistan for her critical opinion against the established government. She has won national and international awards for covering problems of social inequality, vulnerable groups. and corruption. She has a master's degree in political science from World Diplomacy and Economy University of Tashkent and graduated in journalism from World Languages University of Tashkent. Ms. Sodikova is visiting the Observatory through the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.


Giulio Cantone

Giulio Cantone is a Ph.D. student from the University of Catania in Italy. He will be visiting the Observatory during the 2021-2022 academic year. Giulio will focus on coordination manipulation of online review systems.



Antonela Tommasel

Antonela Tommasel is a Researcher at CONICET, working in the Recommender Systems group at ISISTAN Research Institute in Tandil, Argentina. Her main research interests include social computing applications of machine learning and recommender systems. During her Spring 2022 Fulbright visit, Antonela plans to work on the effects of friend and content recommendation algorithms on online trust and diversity.




Abdullah Alrhmoun

Abdullah Alrhmoun is a Ph.D. candidate in network science at the Central European University. His research interests include the real-world use of data analytics, including quantification, text mining, and natural language processing. Abdullah will be visiting the Observatory as a part of the NSF-funded AccelNet-MultiNet exchange program in Spring 2022. During his visit, he will focus on the analysis of social network interactions between social bots and humans.