Detecting and Nowcasting Events in Textual Streams on the Web

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Vasileios Lampos, Nello Cristianini

Flu DetectorVarious projects at the ISL involve the automatic extraction of useful information from online text.

One of them, titled as Flu Detector, is aimed at tracking the levels of flu like illness by reading the contents of Twitter. For a non technical description of this work, please read this press release.

This work has been featured in several media and has also been selected by EPSRC as a highlight for the research conducted in 2011. More information is available on the project's page and in the relevant publications. 

Relevant Publications

  1. Vasileios Lampos and Nello Cristianini. Tracking the flu pandemic by monitoring the Social Web. IAPR CIP, IEEE Press, 2010.
  2. Vasileios Lampos, Tijl De Bie and Nello Cristianini. Flu Detector - Tracking Epidemics on Twitter. ECML PKDD, Springer, 2010.
  3. Vasileios Lampos and Nello Cristianini. Nowcasting Events from the Social Web with Statistical Learning. ACM TIST, 2011.