Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's center for the study of disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity


Knight Fellow Christine Lepird won the best graduate student poster for her poster "Agenda-Driven Partisan Algorithms Are Creating "Local" News: Is Your Community Being Targeted?" at the 2023 Tech Ethics Symposium at Duquesne University. Her poster showed how 'pink slime' sites spend their ad money in each state in a way that was related to the margin of the vote spread in the 2020 presidential election; how the ad spend resulted in authentic spread to neighborhood Facebook groups; and how the sites were shared by social media users on political lines rather than geographic ones.

November, 2023

Knight Fellow Isabel Murdock presented “An Agent-Based Model of Reddit Interactions and Moderation,” at IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2023) where she received the Best Paper Award.  

November, 2023

The Editors, Editorial Board, and Publisher are pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 IP&M Ph.D. Paper Award, which is:

Ng, L. H. X., & Carley, K. M. (2022). Is my stance the same as your stance? A cross validation study of stance detection datasets. Information Processing & Management, 59(6), 103070.

August, 2023

Graduate student Charity Jacobs was selected for the prestigious General Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Mathematics for FY 2022.

April 2023

SBP-BRiMS 2022 Best Paper Award: 

#WhoDefinesDemocracy: Analysis on a 2021 Chinese Messaging Campaign” authors Charity Jacobs and Kathleen M. Carley. Best Paper Award.

 September 2022

3rd Place Best Presentation Award, 2022 AEJMC Conference:

How Disinformation Operations against Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Influence International Community” authors Iuliia Alieva and Kathleen M. Carley.

August 2022

Graduate student Janice Blane was selected for the prestigious General Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Mathematics for 2022.

March 2022

IDeaS adjunct faculty Iain Cruickshank received the Eugene P. Visco prize from the Military Operations Research Society at the MORS Emerging Techniques Forum in December.

December 2021

SBP-BRiMS 2020 Best Paper Award

Catherine King, Daniele Bellutta, and Kathleen M. Carley, 2020, “Lying About Lying on Social Media: A Case Study of the 2019 Canadian Elections,” In Proceedings of the International Conference SBP-BRiMS 2020, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder, Chris Dancy, and Robert Thomson (Eds.) Washington DC, October 2020, Springer. Best Paper Award

 July 2021

SBP-BRiMS Disinformation Challenge runner up

Lynette Ng Kathleen M. Carley, SBP-BRiMS Disinformation Challenge Runner Up, SBP-BRiMS 2021

July 2021

Dr. Kathleen M. Carley won the INSNA 2021 Richards Award which recognizes valuable social network analysis software, for ORA. ORA is a toolkit for graphical, statistical and visual analytics on both social networks and high dimensional networks that can vary by time and/or space. 

July 2021

Knight Fellow Mansi Sood and Dr. Osman Yağan won the Best Paper Award at the at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Communications in June of 2021. This conference occurs yearly and seeks to drive innovation in the field of telecommunications. Their paper titled, “Tight Bounds for the Probability of Connectivity in Random K-out Graphs” won in the “Communication Theory Symposium” category due to its focus on foundational research into the topic. 

June 2021

Lt. Col. Ryan Kenny, USA, wins 3rd place in the AFCEA International Cyber Edge Writing Contest for his essay titled "Precision-Guided Marketing and the Future of Information Operations."  The essay will appear in Signal.

April 2021

Knight Fellow Aman Tyagi received his PhD in March 2021 with his dissertation titled "Challenges in Climate Change Communication on Social Media."

March 2021

Graduate Student Capt. Iain J. Cruikshank receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Multi-view Clustering of Social-based Data."

July 2020

Graduate Student Lt. Col. David Beskow receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Finding and Characterizing Information Warfare Campaigns."

March 2020

Graduate Student Sumeet Kumar receives a doctorate for his thesis, "Social Media Analytics for Stance Mining - A MultiModal Approach with Weak Supervision."

May 2020

IDeaS Center co-director Kathleen M. Carley was named in Guide2Research's 2020 Ranking of Top 1000 Scientists in the field of Computer Science and Electronics.

Prof. Carley ranked 286 in the world ranking and 189 in United States. 

The full world ranking is available here; the full ranking for United States is available here.

May 2020

IDeaS Center co-director Kathleen M. Carley named in SAGE Ocean's 50+ women to follow in computational social science.

October 2018