Associate Professor

Computer Sciences & Engineering Department
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620
anda@cse.usf.edu

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I am interested in using distributed computing to better understand how we function as a society and in understanding what online social networks can teach us about designing better distributed systems. My research is rooted in distributed systems, with emphasis on characterizing cyber-social systems and designing, implementing and experimenting with algorithms, services and applications for large-scale networked-systems. In a typical project cycle in my research group, we quantitatively characterize socio-technical phenomena at scale, model them, apply new understandings to the design of distributed systems, and experimentally measure the results. In the process I often rely on, and contribute to, research from other fields. [more]

Bio

Adriana (Anda) Iamnitchi is Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of South Florida. Anda completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of Chicago working under the direction of Ian Foster. Before coming to the US for graduate school, she studied at Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, from which she received a B.Sc and M.Sc. in Computer Science. Her research interests are in distributed systems, with current emphasis on designing and evaluating socially-aware distributed systems and on characterizing social networks. Anda is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010) and a member of ACM and IEEE.

Teaching

    • Graph Data Processing [Fall 2016]
    • Graduate Operating Systems [Spring 2016]
    • Basics of Parallel and Distributed Systems [Spring 2016]
  • Older courses:

    • Parallel and Distributed Systems (grad and undergrad level) Spring ’09, ’11, ’15; Fall ’13
    • Operating Systems (graduate level) Spring ’08, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’15
    • Operating Systems (undergraduate level) Spring’06, ’07, Fall’07, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15
    • Internet-Scale Networked-Systems (graduate level) Spring ’08
    • Federated Distributed Systems (graduate level) Fall ’05, ’06
    • Distributed Systems (seminar, graduate level) Spring ’07

Research

My research is rooted in distributed systems, with emphasis on characterizing cyber-social systems and designing, implementing and experimenting with algorithms, services and applications for large-scale networked-systems. In a typical project cycle, in our group we quantitatively characterize socio-technical phenomena at scale, model them, apply new understandings to the design of distributed systems, and experimentally measure the performance differences. In the process we often rely on, and contribute to, research from other fields. Recently we have used research from sociology, psychology and political science to build better understandings of quantitative observations or to inform my design and experiments. While my recent work is related mainly to online social interactions and big data processing, the same research practice (of quantitatively evaluating socio-technical environments and then applying observations to the design of distributed systems or services) defines my early work in scientific grids and peer-to-peer systems. For more details, please refer to my research statement.

Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Yahoo!Labs.

The full list of publications is also available on Google Scholar, on dblp and in my CV.

    • Selected Recent Publications

    • Bad Apples Spoil the Fun: Quantifying Cheating in Online Gaming,
      Xiang Zuo, Clayton Gandy, John Skvoretz, Adriana Iamnitchi. Proceedings of 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Cologne, Germany, May 2016 [paper] [abstract]
    • The Social World of Content Abusers in Community Question Answering,
      Imrul Kayes, Nicolas Kourtellis, Daniele Quercia, Adriana Iamnitchi, Francesco Bonchi. Proceedings of the 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015), Florence, Italy, May, 2015 [paper] [abstract]
    • Enabling Social Applications via Decentralized Social Data Management,
      Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Cristian Borcea, Adriana Iamnitchi. Transactions on Internet Technology, 2014 [paper][abstract]
    • Cheating in Online Games: A Social Network Perspective,
      Jeremy Blackburn, Nicolas Kourtellis, John Skvoretz, Matei Ripeanu, Adriana Iamnitchi. Transactions on Internet Technology, 2014 [paper][abstract]
    • The Social Hourglass: an Infrastructure for Socially-aware Applications and Services,
      Adriana Iamnitchi, Jeremy Blackburn, Nicolas Kourtellis. IEEE Internet Computing, May-June 2012 [paper][abstract]