VOSON Lab Staff

Students associated with the VOSON Lab

PhD students

  • Yuanyuan Shang (PhD candidate, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU) - Yuanyuan's thesis topic is "User behaviours and social networks on new media about scientific topics". Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Noahlyn Maranan (PhD candidate, Political Science, Australian Defence Force Academy - UNSW Canberra). Nohalyn's thesis topic is "Social media and politics in the Philippines". Advisor - R. Ackland

Master of Social Research (Advanced) students

  • Rizwan Saeed (Master of Social Research (Advanced), ANU). Saeed's research is on gender dimensions of online social capital in Pakistan, using Twitter data. Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Leon Colombo (Master of Social Research (Advanced), ANU). Leon's research is focused on the prevalence of uncivil discourse on social media in relation to a polarising political topic, with a focus on Twitter during the Australian marriage equality debate in 2017. Advisor - R. Ackland

Honours students

  • Karl Gwynn (BA Sociology, ANU). Honours in Sociology project (2019) on incivility on social media during the 2019 Australian federal election. Advisor - R. Ackland

People previously associated with the VOSON Lab

Researchers

  • Dr Haris Memic (Research Fellow in School of Sociology, ANU, 2015-17) - his research was focused on statistical social network analysis of online networks, with particular focus on Twitter.
  • Dr Yenn Lee (SOAS, University of London) researches in the field of digital culture and politics (with focus on the Asia-Pacific region) and taught and co-taught in the Online Research Methods masters course at ANU 2012-2013 (focusing on online qualitative methods).

PhD students

  • Mahin Raissi (PhD, Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, ANU, graduated 2016). Thesis title: "Online social networks and subjective well-being of older Australians". Panel chair - R. Ackland
  • Ian Wood (PhD, Research School of Computer Science, ANU, graduated 2016). Thesis title: "Watching the unobservable - On measuring social dynamics of online social media". Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Pilar Rioseco (PhD, Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, ANU, graduated 2015). Thesis title: "The role of social connectedness in the process of retirement in Australia". Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Minkyoung Kim (PhD, Research School of Computer Science, ANU, graduated 2014). Thesis title: "Dynamics of information diffusion". Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Harsh Taneja (PhD; Media, Technology and Society; Northwestern University; graduated 2014). Thesis title: "Media Consumption on the World Wide Web: Integrating Theories of Global Media Flows and Media Choice to Global Cultural Consumption". Advisor - R. Ackland

Master of Social Research (Advanced) students

  • Sneha Vaidya (Master of Social Research (Advanced), ANU, graduated 2019). Sneha's research is on social and political engagement on Twitter in India. Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Kyosuke Tanaka (Master of Social Research (Advanced), ANU, graduated 2015). Thesis title: "Self-disclosure and homophily in online social networks." Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Cecilie Einarson Perez (Master of Social Research Advanced, ANU, graduated 2013). Thesis title: "Tweeting the frame: Fields and frames in the age of the networked individual." Advisor - R. Ackland

Undergraduate students

  • Karl Gwynn (BA Sociology, ANU). SOCY3001 Research Internship project (Semester 2 2018) on "Fact Checking Methodologies within Social Media Data Analysis". Advisor - R. Ackland
  • Lawrence Rogers (BA Applied Statistics and International Relations, ANU). ARTS2101 Advanced Studies 4 project (Semester 1 2018) on "Analysing differences in behaviour between human and socialbot Twitter users: Smoke screening and misdirection during #debatenight in the 2016 US presidential election". Advisor - R. Ackland

Research Assistants

  • Xiaolan Cai (graduated from ANU Master of Social Research in 2018). She worked as a part-time research assistant for the VOSON Lab.
  • Xujing Bai (graduated from ANU Master of Social Research in 2015) worked as a part-time research assistant on a project investigating the institutional structure of the public health sectors in Australia and China using hyperlink network analysis.
  • Kyosuke Tanaka (graduated from ANU Master of Social Research Advanced in 2015) worked as a part-time research assistant, co-authoring the report "Development Impact of Social Media" (background report for World Bank World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends) and contributing to research relating to adaptive sampling of large-scale networks.
  • Heather Crawford (graduated from ANU Master of Social Research in 2010) worked as a part-time research assistant and also edited the VOSON website.
  • Susannah Sabine (graduated from ANU Master of Social Research, Social Science of the Internet stream in 2010) worked as a research assistant to Robert Ackland, assisting with the chapter on WWW hyperlink networks in the NodeXL book.
  • Natalie Cooper (ANU employee, 2004-2005) worked as a research assistant to Rachel Gibson and Robert Ackland.

Software developers and testers

  • Lin Chen (ANU compsci masters student 2009, ANU employee 2010-2013) worked as a software developer and research assistant.  His computer science masters research project was on VOSON-sns.
  • Xiantong Chen (ANU compsci masters student 2009) worked on optimising the VOSON C++ code using concurrent programming techniques as the topic of his masters project.
  • Stephen Gray (ANU employee, 2003-2007) contributed to code relating to the interaction between PHP and perl (in particular, use of XML to pass results from perl analysis code to PHP user interface code) and implemented a new menuing system using Yahoo UI library.
  • Russell Standish (consultant, 2005) worked on incorporating web services into VOSON, including a prototype web service using gSoap, and provided general programming advice.
  • Joel McDonald (ANU employee and student, 2001-2004) contributed to code for an earlier Qt-based version of the software, and wrote the first version of the perl-based webcrawler (JSpyda).
  • Jenny Ackland has provided research assistance and assistance with documenting and bug testing the VOSON System.