David Garcia - CSH

David Garcia


Graz University of Technology, Medical University of Vienna & CSH Faculty

David Garcia has been a group leader at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since September 2017. In October 2020, he was appointed as a professor for computational social science at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Technical University of Graz. Funded by the WWTF (Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call), David built a research group at the Hub on the subject of “emotional well-being in the digital society.”

 

David holds computer science degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland). David did a PhD and Postdoc at ETH Zurich, working at the chair of systems design.

 

His research focuses on computational social science, designing models and analysing human behaviour through digital traces. His main work revolves around the topics of emotions, polarization, inequality, and privacy, combining statistical analyses of large datasets of online interaction with computational models. His thesis “Modeling collective emotions in online communities” provides an example of how agent-based modeling can be used to construct an integrated approach to collective emotional phenomena in cyberspace. His postdoctoral research on opinion polarization and online privacy has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the ETH Risk Centre.

 

David’s work lies at the intersection of various scientific disciplines, combining methods from network science, computer science, and statistical physics to answer questions from psychology and sociology. His interdisciplinary collaborations span more than 50 co-authors in 15 countries. David has published more than 60 articles in prestigious journals and serves as editor and reviewer for various journals and computer science conferences.

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