Julie Jiang

PhD Student @ USC
(she/her/hers)

ABOUT

Hi! My name is Julie and I am a fourth-year PhD student in computer science at the University of Southern California (USC), Information Sciences Institute (ISI), advised by Dr. Emilio Ferrara. Broadly speaking, I am interested in learning about people—how user preferences, social cues, and external contextual factors influence and drive user behavior—in online settings such as social media and multiplayer games. I have had the pleasure to intern at TikTok/ByteDance, Snap (Computational Social Science team), Google, and Bose. I was also a recipient of the 2022 Snap Fellowship . Prior to USC, I obtained my B.S. from Tufts University in 2019, where I double-majored in CS and Math.

Outside of work/school, I enjoy playing the piano and cooking :)

Publications

* indicates equal contribution

  • Retweet-BERT: Characterizing Echo Chambers by Leveraging Language Features and Information Diffusion in Social Media

    Julie Jiang, Xiang Ren, and Emilio Ferrara
    To appear in the 17th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2023.
    Preprint

  • The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Generosity is Contagious in Multiplayer Online Games

    Alex Bisberg*, Julie Jiang*, Yilei Zeng, Emily Chen, and Emilio Ferrara
    To appear in the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW (PACM HCI), 2022.
    Preprint

  • Sunshine with a Chance of Smiles: Weather Impacts Expressed Sentiment on Social Media

    Julie Jiang, Nils Murrugarra-Llerena, Maarten W. Bos, Yozen Liu, Neil Shah, Leonardo Neves, and Francesco Barbieri
    The 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2022.
    Paper

  • COVID-19 Infodemiology at Planetary Scale: Charting the Information and Misinformation Landscape to Characterize Misinfodemics Spread on Social Media

    Emily Chen*, Julie Jiang*, Ho-Chun Herbert Chang, Goran Muric, and Emilio Ferrara
    JMIR Infodemiology, 2022.
    Paper

  • Social Media Polarization and Echo Chambers: A Case Study of COVID-19

    Julie Jiang, Xiang Ren, and Emilio Ferrara
    JMIRx Med, 2021.
    Paper

  • Heterogeneous Effects of Software Patches in a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game.

    Yuzi He, Christopher Tran, Julie Jiang, Keith Burghadt, Emilio Ferrara, Elena Zheleva, and Kristina Lerman
    The 16th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG), 2021.
    Paper

  • The Wide, the Deep, and the Maverick: Types of Players in Team-based Online Games

    Julie Jiang, Danaja Maldeniya, Kristina Lerman, and Emilio Ferrara
    In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW (PACM HCI), 2021.
    Paper Video

  • Individualized Context-Aware Embeddings for Online Games Predictions

    Julie Jiang, Kristina Lerman, and Emilio Ferrara
    In 20th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Workshop on High Dimensional Data Mining, 2020.
    Paper arXiv

  • Political Polarization Drives Online Conversations About COVID-19 in the United States

    Julie Jiang, Emily Chen, Shen Yan, Kristina Lerman, and Emilio Ferrara
    Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, 2020
    Paper Media Coverage

  • Learning Graph Representations of Biochemical Networks and Its Application to Enzymatic Link Prediction

    Julie Jiang, Li-Ping Liu, and Soha Hassoun
    Bioinformatics, 2021
    Paper Code

Working Papers

  • Reciprocity, Homophily, and Social Network Effects in Pictorial Communication: A Case Study of Bitmoji Stickers

    Julie Jiang, Mireia Triguero Roura, Maarten W. Bos, Ron Dotsch, Yozen Liu, Vítor Silva, and Francesco Barbieri
    Preprint

  • What are Your Pronouns? Examining Gender Pronoun Usage on Twitter

    Julie Jiang, Emily Chen, Luca Luceri, Goran Murić, Francesco Pierri, Ho-Chun Herbert Chang, and Emilio Ferrara
    Preprint

  • Geolocated Social Media Posts are Happier: Understanding the Characteristics of Check-in Posts on Twitter

    Julie Jiang, Jesse Thomason, Francesco Barbieri, and Emilio Ferrara
    Preprint

  • Zero-Shot Meta-Learning for Small-Scale Data from Human Subjects

    Julie Jiang, Kristina Lerman, and Emilio Ferrara
    Preprint

Presentations

* indicates equal contribution

  • Sunshine with a Chance of Smiles: Weather Impacts Expressed Sentiment on Social Media
    Julie Jiang, Nils Murrugarra-Llerena, Maarten W. Bos, Yozen Liu, Neil Shah, Leonardo Neves, Francesco Barbieri.
    2022 International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), oral presentation.
    Slides

  • Ageism in Traffic Policing

    Emiliy Chen*, Julie Jiang*, Fred Morstatter, Kristina Lerman, and Emilio Ferrara
    The 6th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), 2020, oral presentation.
    Extended Abstract

  • Enzymatic Link Prediction for Biochemical Route Synthesis

    Julie Jiang, Li-Ping Liu, Soha Hassoun
    2020 MIT AI Powered Drug Discovery and Manufacturing (AIDM), poster presentation.
    Poster

  • Predicting Reactions for Biochemical Networks Using Graph Embeddings

    Julie Jiang, Li-Ping Liu, Soha Hassoun
    2019 Machine Learning in Computation Biology (MLCB), poster presentation.
    Poster

Education

University of Southern California

2019 - Present
Ph.D. in CS (GPA: 4.00)

Tufts University

2015 - 2019
B.S. in CS and Math (magna cum laude)

Teaching

University of Southern California

  • CSCI591 CS Research Colloquium

    Teaching Assistant
    Fall 2022

    • Tufts University

      • COMP11 Intro to Computer Science

        Teaching Fellow (Head Teaching Assistant)
        Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019

      • COMP105 Programming Languages

        Teaching Assistant
        Spring 2018

      • COMP15 Data Structures

        Teaching Assistant
        Spring 2017 and Fall 2017

Fun Stuff

  • Image Segmentation with Graph Cuts

    A fun class project back when I was an undergrad at Tufts University that surprisingly has 21 stars on github now!
    Write-up Github