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Cristian Consonni

Ph.D. in Computer Science, free software activist, physicist and storyteller

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About me

I am Cristian Consonni and I am an Advanced Research Scientist at Eurecat - Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya in Barcelona. I am part of the Big Data & Data Science unit.

I have earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2019 from the University of Trento, in Trento with under the guidance of my advisors Alberto Montresor and Yannis Velegrakis.

My Ph.D. thesis was titled: “The Dao of Wikipedia - Extracting Knowledge from the Structure of Wikilinks”.

My Ph.D. program has been partially funded by SpazioDati s.r.l..


Research Interests

My research encompasses in the field of data mining and knowledge extraction, with a particular focus on graphs. I am interested in graph algorithms, machine learning, and data mining techniques on graphs and time-evolving graphs.

Graphs are fundamental structures that can encode many aspects of the data available today in digital form. Many applications use graphs as a data structure to provide services as suggesting friends on social networks or answer queries on knowledge bases. These applications require the ability to process massive graphs. Furthermore, another common feature of these graphs is that they evolve with time, i.e., their node and edges vary at different times.

I am a Wikipedian since 2007, and a member of Wikimedia Italia the local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, where I have served as member of the board from 2010 to 2017.

I am an advocate for free software and open knowledge.