Carnegie Mellon University

About Our Research

IDeaS will advance the science of social-cybersecurity through research on disinformation, hate-speech, cyber-bullying and insider threat, and through community building activities.
Research in IDeaS fall under the following areas:
1.Social Cyber-Forensics  (Who is acting & reacting?)
2.Information Threats and Challenges  (How are we attacked?)
3.Intent Identification  (Why are they doing this?)
4.Indicators and Warnings  (How can we detect harmful activities?)
5.Inoculation  (How can people protect themselves?)
6.Countering  (What responses are most effective in creating resilience?)
Community building activities include:
  • Supporting the social-cybersecurity community and maintaining its webpage social-cybersecurity.org as an information commons.
  • Running the IDeaS summer institute.
  • Livecasting seminars 
  • Coordinating a national conference
  1. Kathleen M. Carley (panel member), 2019, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. [DOI]

  2. Kathleen M. Carley, Guido Cervone, Nitin Agarwal, Huan Liu, 2018, “Social Cyber-Security,” In Proceedings of the International Conference SBP-BRiMS 2018, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder, Chris Dancy, and Robert Thomson (Eds.) July 10-13, 2018 Washington DC, Springer. [DOI]

  • Bot Hunter
    1. Beskow, David & Carley, Kathleen M. (2018). Bot Conversations are Different:Leveraging Network Metrics for Bot Detection in Twitter. In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM international Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 825-832. IEEE. [DOI]
    2. Beskow, David & Carley, Kathleen M. (2018). Introducing Bothunter: A tiered Approach to Detection and Characterizing Automated Activity on Twitter. In Proceedings of the 2018 SBP-BRiMS Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, Washington, DC, June 10-13, 2018, Springer., [pdf]
    3. David M. Beskow and Kathleen M. Carley, “Bot Conversations are Different: Leveraging Network Metrics for Bot Detection in Twitter,” 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Barcelona, Spain, 2018, pp. 825-832. [DOI

    4. David M. Beskow and Kathleen M. Carley, 2019, Social Cybersecurity: An Emerging National Security Requirement, Military Review, March-April2019 [link]
  • Meme Hunter
    1. David M. Beskow, Sumeet Kumar, and Kathleen M. Carley, 2020, The Evolution of Political Memes: Detecting and Characterizing Internet Memes with Multi-Modal Deep Learning, Information Processing & Management Vol. 57, Issue 2. [link]
  • Social Media Characterization
    1. Binxuan Huang and Kathleen M. Carley, 2018, “Location Order Recovery in Trails with Low Temporal Resolution,” IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering. [DOI

       

    2. Binxuan Huang, Yanglan Ou and Kathleen M. Carley, 2018, “Sentiment Classification with Attention-over-Attention Neural Networks,” In Proceedings of the International Conference SBP-BRiMS 2018, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder, Chris Dancy, and Robert Thomson (Eds.) July 10-13, 2018 Washington DC, Springer. [DOI

    3. Binxuan Huang and Kathleen M. Carley, 2019, “A Large-Scale Empirical Study of Geotagging Behavior on Twitter”, In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), Vancouver, Canada. [DOI]
  • BEND
    1. David M. Beskow and Kathleen M. Carley, 2019, Social Cybersecurity: An Emerging National Security Requirement, Military Review, March-April 2019. [link

  • Influence Campaigns in Elections
    • Asia Pacific
      1. Joshua Uyheng and Kathleen M. Carley, 2019, “Characterizing Bot Networks on Twitter: An Empirical Analysis of Contentious Issues in the Asia-Pacific,” In Proceedings of the International Conference SBP-BRiMS 2019, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder, Chris Dancy, and Robert Thomson (Eds.) July 9-12, 2019 Washington DC, Springer. [DOI

    • Canada
  • Understanding Stance
  • BEND
    1. David M. Beskow and Kathleen M. Carley, 2019, Social Cybersecurity: An Emerging National Security Requirement, Military Review, March-April 2019. [link