I am a Ph.D. in Computer Science fascinated about 
cities, cultures, and people


THIAGO HENRIQUE SILVA

Contact
:
University of Toronto
Myhal Centre, Suite 853
55 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 0C9

th.silva@utoronto(.)ca
Remove the parenthesis :)


My complete CV is here


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Teaching:

Graduate Courses:
  • Urban and Social Computing
  • Collective  Intelligence

Undergraduate Courses
  • Data Mining
  • Data Science
  • Computation I




News:
   
  • 2020: Coordinating the project GoodWeb - Supported by FAPESP agency. Collaborators: University of Toronto, INRIA, UTFPR, UFMG, Unicamp, and UFES.

  • 2020: Helping to organize the Second IEEE Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbCom). Los Angeles, USA. Deadline Abril 30th.

  • 2019: Moved to Toronto, I will be working at the University of Toronto until mid 2021.


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>>> I am looking for committed Ph.D., Master, and Research Trainee students. If you are interested, feel free to contact me.



I am fortunate to have bright students as collaborators in my research.

Graduate students (list might be outdated):
  • Frances Santos (Ph.D. candidate - Unicamp - coadvisor)
  • Helen Senefonte (Ph.D. candidate  - coadvisor)
  • Priscila Santin (Ph.D. candidate  - coadvisor)
  • David Veiga (Master student  - advisor)
  • Jordan Kobellarz (Master student - advisor)
  • Lucian Ribas (Master Student - advisor)
Undergraduate students (researcher trainees - list might be outdated):
  • Fernanda Gubert (Information Systems - advisor)
  • Lucas E. B. Skora (Computer Engineering - advisor)
  • Thiago de M. Mildemberger (Computer Engineering - advisor)
I am also glad to have great partners in several locations, such as: UFMG (Brazil), INRIA (France), Microsft Research (USA), Stanford (USA), Unicamp (Brazil), UCL (UK), uToronto (Canada), UFSJ (Brazil), UFES (Brazil), UQAM (Canada), Telecom Italia (Italy)

Former graduate students:
  • Ana Paula Ferreira (Master student) - Now at Thermondo (Germany)
  • Diego Tsutsumi (Master student) - Now at Amazon.com (Ireland)
  • Júlio Borges (Master student) - Now a Ph.D. student at UTFPR
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::Helping to Organize
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::Tools and Resources
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::Some Publications (newest first, complete list here ):

  • pdf - bib Automatic Extraction of Urban Outdoor Perception from Geolocated Free-Texts
    Frances A. Santos, Thiago H. Silva, Antonio A. F. Loureiro, Leandro A. Villas
    Social Network Analysis and Mining 2020

  • pdf - bib OutdoorSent: Sentiment Analysis of Urban Outdoor Images by Using Semantic and Deep Features
    Wyverson B. de Oliveira, Leyza B. Dorini, Rodrigo Minetto, Thiago H. Silva
    ACM Transactions on Information Systems 2020
  • pdf - bib Regional Influences on Tourists Mobility Through the Lens of Social Sensing
    Helen Senefonte, Gabriel Frizzo, Myriam Delgado, Ricardo Luders, Daniel Silver, Thiago Silva
    International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo), Pisa, Italy. 2020

  • pdf - bib On the Potential of Social Media Data in Urban Planning: Findings from the Beer Street in Curitiba, Brazil
    Ville Santala, Giovane Costa, Luiz Celso Gomes-Jr, Tatiana Gadda, Thiago H. Silva
    Planning Practice & Research 2020

  • pdf - bib Neutrality May Matter: Sentiment Analysis in Reviews of Airbnb, Booking, and Couchsurfing in Brazil and USA
    Gustavo Santos, Vinícius F.S. Mota, Fabrício Benevenuto, Thiago H. Silva
    Social Network Analysis and Mining 2020

  • pdf - bib Uncovering Spatiotemporal and Semantic Aspects of Tourists Mobility Using Social Sensing
    Ana Paula Ferreira, Thiago H Silva, Antonio A F Loureiro
    Elsevier Computer Communications 2020


  • pdf - bib Towards Business Partnership Recommendation Using User Opinion on Facebook
    Diego P. Tsutsumi, Amanda T. Fenerich and Thiago H. Silva
    Journal of Internet Services and Applications 2019

  • pdf - bib Parrot Talk: Retweeting Among Twitter Users During the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Election
    Jordan K. Kobellarz, Alexandre R. Graeml, Michelle Reddy and Thiago H. Silva
     Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and Web (WebMedia)
    2019

  • pdf - bib StartupBR: Higher Education's Influence on Social Networks and Entrepreneurship in Brazil
    Michelle Reddy, Júlio C. Nardelli, Yuri L. Pereira, Marisa Vasconcelos, Thiago H. Silva, Leonardo B. Oliveira, Mark Horowitz
    Elsevier Journal of Business Venturing (under review) 2019

  • pdf - bib Urban Computing Leveraging Location-Based Social Network Data: a Survey
    Thiago H. Silva, Aline Viana, Fabrício Benevenuto, Leandro Villas, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro, Daniele Quercia
    ACM Computing Surveys 2019

  • pdf - bib Classifying Venue Categories of Unlabeled Check-ins Using Mobility Patterns
    Helen Senefonte, Thiago H Silva, Ricardo Luders, Myriam Delgado
    IEEE Workshop on Urban Computing 2019

  • pdf - bib Uncovering the Perception of Urban Outdoor Areas Expressed in Social Media
    Frances A. Santos, Thiago H. Silva, Antonio A. F. Loureiro, Leandro A. Villas
    IEEE / ACM Web Intelligence 2018

  • pdf - bib Context-aware Vehicle Route Recommendation Platform: Exploring Open and Crowdsourced Data
    Frances A. Santos, Thiago H. Silva, Diego Oliveira, Antonio A. F. Loureiro, Richard A Pazzi, Leandro A. Villas
    IEEE International Conference on Communications 2018

  • pdf - bib Cheers to Untappd! Preferences for Beer Reflect Cultural Differences Around the World
    Saulo A. de Brito, Ariane L. Baldykowski, Sandro A. Miczevski, Thiago H. Silva
    Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018

  • pdf - bib Extraction and Exploration of Business Categories Signature
    Leonardo de Assis da Silva and Thiago H Silva
    VLDB Workshop on Big Social Data and Urban Computing 2018

  • pdf - bib Towards Scalable Mobile Crowdsensing Through Device-to-Device Communication
    Vinícius Mota, Thiago H. Silva, Daniel Macedo, Yacine Ghamri-Doudane, José M. Nogueira
    Journal of Network and Computer Applications
    2018

  • pdf - bib A Large-Scale Study of Cultural Differences Using Urban Data About Eating and Drinking Preferences
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Mirco Musolesi, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Elsevier Information Systems 2017

  • pdf - bib Gender Matters! Analyzing Global Cultural Gender Preferences for Venues Using Social Sensing
    Thiago H Silva, Willi Mueller, Jussara M Almeida, Antonio A F Loureiro
    EPJ Data Science 2017
    Supplementary material
  • pdf - bib SMAFramework: Urban data integration framework for mobility analysis in smart cities
    Diego Rodrigues, Azzedine Boukerch, Thiago H. Silva, Antonio Loureiro, Leandro Villas
    ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems 2017

  • pdf - bib Towards a Sustainable People-Centric Sensing
    Frances A. Santos, Thiago H. Silva, Torsten Braun, Antonio A. F. Loureiro, Leandro A. Villas
    IEEE International Conference on Communications
    2017

  • pdf - bib Users in the Urban Sensing Process: Challenges and Research Opportunities
    Thiago H. Silva, Clayson Celes, João Neto, Vinícius Mota, Felipe Cunha, Ana Ferreira, Anna Ribeiro, Pedro Vaz de Melo, Jussara Almeida, Antonio Loureiro
    Book title: Pervasive Computing: Next Generation Platforms for Intelligent Data Collection. 2016.

  • pdf - bib Sensing in the Collaborative Internet of Things
    João B Neto, Thiago H. Silva, Renato M Assunção, Raquel A Mini, Antonio A F Loureiro
    Journal Sensors. 2015

  • pdf - bib Computação Urbana: Técnicas para o Estudo de Sociedades com Redes de Sensoriamento Participativo
    Thiago H. Silva, Antonio A F Loureiro
    Jornada de Atualização em Informática - JAI CSBC. 2015.
    >> slides do curso   >>códigos  (This course was invited to be presented again in the 2016 edition)

  • pdf  -  bib Revealing the City that We Cannot See
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). 2014.
    Special issue on Foundations of Social Computing.

  • pdf  -  bib You are What you Eat (and Drink): Identifying Cultural Boundaries by Analyzing Food & Drink Habits in Foursquare
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Mirco Musolesi, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Int. AAAI Conf. on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM'14). Ann Arbor, USA. 2014. 
  • pdf - bib Participatory Sensor Networks as Sensing Layers
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Aline Viana, Juliana Sales, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Conference on Social Computing and Networking (SocialCom'14)


  • pdf  -  bib Large Scale Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior Using Participatory Sensing
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Wireless Communications - Special issue: Mobile Social Networks. 2014.


  • pdf  -  bib Social Media as a Source of Sensing to Study City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior: Approaches, Models, and Opportunities.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    Book title
    : Ubiquitous Social Media Analysis. Ed. Springer. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib Traffic Condition Is More Than Colored Lines on a Map: Characterization of Waze Alerts.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Aline C. Viana, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Springer Int. Conf. on Social Informatics (SocInfo'13). Kyoto, Japan. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib A comparison of Foursquare and Instagram to the Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM SIGKDD Int. Work. on Urban Computing (UrbComp'13). Chicago, USA. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib Challenges and Opportunities on the Large Scale Study of City Dynamics Using Participatory Sensing. 
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Symp. on Computers and Communications (ISCC'13). Split, Croatia. 2013.  
  • pdf  -  bib A picture of Instagram is Worth More than a Thousand Words: Workload Characterization and Application.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS'13).  Cambridge,  USA. 2013.
  • pdf  -  bib Visualizing the Invisible Image of Cities. Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing. Besancon, France. 2012. 
    • I have to confess that the book Invisible Cities influenciated me quite a lot in this work, thanks Italo Calvino :)

  • The text of my thesis entitled Large Scale Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior Using Participatory Sensor  Networks is here





Past/Other research


::Computer Networks problems

In a past not so distant (during my Master), I researched about P2P networks for live video streaming:
  • pdf  - bib Live streaming of user generated videos: Workload characterization and content delivery architectures.
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    Computer Networks. 2011.


  • pdf - bib Analysis of P2P Streaming Based on the Characterization of Live User-Generated Video
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Communications (ICC'10). Cape Town, South Africa. 2010.


  • pdf - bib Caracterização do Comportamento dos Espectadores em Transmissões de Vídeo ao Vivo Geradas por Usuários.
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Recife PE Brasil. 2009. 


::Other Ubicomp/Urban Computing problems:
  • pdf  -  bib A picture of actual Ubicomp research exploring publications from important events in the field.
    Thiago H Silva, Clayson Celes, Vinicius F. S. Mota, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Journal of Applied Computing Research. 2012.


  • pdf - bib Overview of Ubicomp Research Based on Scientific Publications. Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Clayson Celes, Vinicius F. S. Mota, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Brazilian Symp. on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (SBCUP'12). Curitiba, Brazil. 2012.

  • pdf - bib On the Use of Participatory Sensing to Better Understand City Dynamics.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM Ubicomp Int. Work. SenCity: Uncovering the Hidden Pulse of a City. Zurich, Switzerland. 2013.

     
::Papers in Portuguese (Diverse topics)
  • pdf - bib Medição, análise e modelagem de tempos de ida-e-volta na Internet. (in portuguese)
    Everthon Valadao, Assahaf Gecary; Thiago H Silva; Dorgival Guedes, Ricardo Duarte. 
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Gramado RS - Brasil. 2010.


  • pdf - bib Introduzindo Tolerância a Interrupção em Redes Ad Hoc Móveis para Cenários de Emergência. (in portuguese)
    Vinicius F. S. Mota, Thiago H Silva, Jose M. Nogueira. 
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Recife PE Brasil. 2009.


  • pdf - bib Uma Fotografia do Instagram: Caracterização e Aplicação. (in portuguese) 2nd Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    Brazilian Symp. on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SBRC'13), Brasília, Brazil. 2013.


  • pdf - bib Uncovering Properties in Participatory Sensor Networks.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    4th ACM Int. Work. on Hot Topics in Planet-scale Measurement. Lake District, UK. 2012.



::Other selected collaborations:

Study of scientific collaboration network:
  • pdf - bib On the analysis of the collaboration network of the Brazilian symposium on computer networks and distributed systems.
    Guilherme Maia, Daniel Guidoni, Thiago H Silva, Fernanda Souza, Pedro Vaz de Melo, Cesar Soares, Jussara Almeida, Antonio Loureiro.
    Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. 2013.