Personal website of Francesco Pierri

Francesco Pierri
Email: francesco.pierri at polimi dot it


I am a PostDoctoral researcher in the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano.
I am currently a Visiting researcher at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), University of Southern California, working with prof. Emilio Ferrara.
I received my Ph.D. Cum Laude in "Data Analytics and Decision Sciences" from Politecnico di Milano, under the supervision of prof. Stefano Ceri and prof. Fabio Pammolli. I was also a Visiting researcher in the NaN group at Indiana University's Observatory on Social Media (OSoMe) led by prof. Filippo Menczer.

My research focuses on understanding mis/disinformation diffusion and digital misbehaviour in online social networks.

Working with Stefano Ceri and Carlo Piccardi, I developed a methodology to classify disinformation vs mainstream news articles based on Twitter diffusion networks (check my research featured on Nature Scientific Reports and EPJ Data Science).
At NaN we carried out a comparative analysis of the COVID-19 infodemic on Twitter and Facebook (check our BigData&Society paper).
We also showed how online misinformation affected vaccine hesitancy and vaccine uptake rates in the US during the COVID-19 vaccination program (check our Nature Scientific Reports paper).

I also work in partnership with Facebook "Data for Good" program to understand the socio-economic impact of mobility restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic (check our research featured on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America ).

When pandemics don't take place, I practice capoeira at the Sul Da Bahia academia in Milan (we keep training on zoom!).

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Credits for the template to my former beloved friend (who actually copied it from here).