André Panisson is a Researcher at the Data Science Laboratory of the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy, where he developed software tools to measure, analyze, model and simulate the behavior of techno-social systems. He also contributed to the SocioPatterns project – an active RFID social interaction sensing platform – in many capacities: to develop the firmware for the active RFID devices with a Cortex M3 ARM controller, to collect data from universities, hospitals and conferences, and to visualize, analyze, model and simulate such data.
He has an extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale datasets from on-line social networks. He is a developer of the Gephi network analysis software, to which he contributed features for analysing and visualising temporal networks and real-time graph streams. His work on visualising the activity on Twitter during the February 2011 Egyptian crisis was covered by the international press.
He also contributed to a variety of open source projects, including the Twitter Elephant Bird library on GitHub, and analyzed terabytes of compressed Twitter data using these libraries.
He received his PhD in Computer science from the University of Turin (Italy) in February 2012, and his MSc in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2007. His current research focuses on development of tools to facilitate the analysis, modeling, simulation and measurement of complex phenomena in systems that involve technological and social factors, using the concepts of complex networks to investigate activity patterns, communication and emergent properties.