Associate Professor
Department of Informatics and Networked Systems | School of Computing and Information | University of Pittsburgh
Secondary appointments: Political Science Department |
Computer Science Department |
Intelligent Systems Program (ISP)

613 IS Bldg, University of Pittsburgh
135 North Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-9470
Fax: 412-624-5231

Email: yurulin (at)

I am an associate professor at School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. I am interested in studying social and political networks, as well as computational and visualization methods for understanding network data. My work has focused on large-scale community dynamics, high-dimensional (rich-context) social information summarization and representation. I have been using massive social media data and anonymized cellphone records to understand the collective responses with respect to political events and under exogenous shocks such as emergencies. I lead the PITT Computational Social Dynamics Lab (PICSO LAB).

I am a computer scientist by training, and a computational social scientist working on questions like: "how would a society be informed?" "how do people share information, ideas and opinions in various contexts?" These questions have led me to explore analytical and computational techniques for mining heterogeneous, multi-relational, and semistructured data that can advance our understanding about structures in networked societies. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University and College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University.

» Recruiting:   I am looking for highly motivated students who have strong interest in pursuing research careers in the areas of Data Science, Network Science, and Computational Social Science. See more information at PICSO LAB.