Publications

Papers

2018  Visualizing Geo-Demographic Urban Data  pdf
         Matheus Araujo, Yelena Mejova, Michael Aupetit, Ingmar Weber @ ACM Conference on 
         Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) (demo)

2018  Fake Cures: User-centric Modeling of Health Misinformation in Social Media  pdf
         Amira Ghenai, Yelena Mejova ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative 
         Work and Social Computing (CSCW)

2018  Measuring Subnational Digital Gender Inequality in India through Gender Gaps in Facebook Use  pdf
         Yelena Mejova, Harsh Rajiv Gandhi, Tejas Jivanbhai Rafaliya, Mayank Rameshbhai Sitapara, 
         Ridhi Kashyap, Ingmar Weber Conference on Computing & Sustainable Societies (COMPASS)

2018  Information Sources and Needs in the Obesity and Diabetes Twitter Discourse  pdf  slides
         Yelena Mejova ACM International Conference on Digital Health (DH)

2018  Online Health Monitoring using Facebook Advertisement Audience Estimates in the United States: Evaluation Study  web
         Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber, Luis Fernandez-Luque JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 4 (1), e30

2017  Privacy and Social Media Use in the Arabian Gulf: Saudi Arabian & Qatari Traditional Values in the Digital World  web
         Norah Abokhodair, Sofiane Abbar, Sarah Vieweg, Yelena Mejova The Journal of Web Science 3 (1) 

2017  #Halal Culture on Instagram  pdf
         Yelena Mejova, Youcef Benkhedda, Khairani Frontiers in Digital Humanities: Big Data, 02.

2017  Seminar Users in the Arab Twitter Sphere  pdf
         Kareem Darwish, Dimitar Alexandrov, Preslav Nakov, Yelena Mejova @ Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo)

2017  Catching Zika Fever: Application of Crowdsourcing and Machine Learning for Tracking Health Misinformation on Twitter  pdf
         Amira Ghenai, Yelena Mejova @ International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI)

2017  Public Perception of a Country: Exploring Tweets About Qatar  pdf
         Shahan Ali Memon, Rohith Krishnan Pillai, Susan Dun, Yelena Mejova and Ingmar Weber @ ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci)

2017  Using Facebook Ads Audiences for Global Lifestyle Disease Surveillance: Promises and Limitations   pdf
         Matheus Araújo, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber, Fabricio Benevenuto @ ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci)
         also International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

2017  
The Audience in Twitter Communication 
         George Boynton, Sikder Huq, Yelena Mejova International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

2017  
Implementing the 360° quantified self for childhood obesity: a feasibility study and experiences from a weight loss camp in Qatar   web
         Meghna Singh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Ferda Ofli, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber, Michael Aupetit, Sahar Jreige, 
         Ahmed Elmagarmid, Jaideep Srivastava, Mohamed Ahmedna BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making

2017  Bumps and Bruises: Mining Presidential Campaign Announcements on Twitter   pdf
         Huyen Le, Bob Boynton, Yelena Mejova, Zubair Shafiq and Padmini Srinivasan @ ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT)

2017  Visualizing Health Awareness in the Middle East   pdf web
         Matheus Araújo, Yelena Mejova, Michael Aupetit and Ingmar Weber @ International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)

2017  Kissing Cuisines: Exploring Worldwide Culinary Habits on the Web  pdf
Sina Sajadmanesh, Sina Jafarzadeh, Seyed Ali Ossia, Hamid R. Rabiee, Hamed Haddadi, Yelena Mejova, Mirco Musolesi, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini @ World Wide Web (WWW) Companion

2017  Revisiting The American Voter on Twitter  pdf
Huyen TT Le, GR Boynton, Yelena Mejova, Zubair M Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan @ Human Computer Interaction (CHI)
Acceptance rate - 25%

2016  What Campaigns Become as Social Media Become the Infrastructure of Political Communication  web
GR Boynton, Huyen TT Le, Yelena Mejova, Zubair M Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan @ Social Media and Politics. Vol 1, p. 21

2016  Influence in Food Consumption: Will You Eat Ice Cream When it Rains?  
Yelena Mejova, Sofiane Abbar and Ingmar Weber @ International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

2016  Twitter and the Iowa Caucus  
Bob Boynton, Yelena Mejova and Zubair Shafiq @ International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

2016  Beyond Entities: Promoting Explorative Search with Bundles  pdf
Ilaria Bordino, Mounia Lalmas, Yelena Mejova, Olivier Van Laere @ Information Retrieval Journal (INRT)

2016  Privacy and Twitter in Qatar: Traditional Values in the Digital World  pdf
Norah Abokhodair, Sofiane Abbar, Sarah Vieweg, Yelena Mejova Web Science Conference (WebSci)
Acceptance rate - 18%

2016  Fetishizing Food in Digital Age: #foodporn Around the World  pdf
Yelena Mejova, Sofiane Abbar, Hamed Haddadi International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)
Acceptance rate - 17%

2016  Are you Charlie or Ahmed? Cultural pluralism in Charlie Hebdo response on Twitter  pdf
Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak, Yelena Mejova, Sonia Alonso Saenz De Oger, Braulio Gomez Fortes International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)
Acceptance rate - 17%

2016  Crowdsourcing Health Labels: Inferring Body Weight from Profile Pictures  pdf
Ingmar Weber, Yelena Mejova ACM International Conference on Digital Health (DH)

2015  360 Quantified Self  pdf
Hamed Haddadi, Ferda Ofli, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber, Jaideep Srivastava @ International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI)

2015  Dietary Habits of an Expat Nation: Case of Qatar  pdf
Yelena Mejova, Hamed Haddadi, Sofiane Abbar, Azadeh Ghahghaei, Ingmar Weber @ International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI)

2015  Language Plurality in Twitter Political Speech  pdf
Yelena Mejova and Bob Boynton @ International Conference on Computational Social Science (ICCSS)
Acceptance rate - 37%

2015  #FoodPorn: Obesity Patterns in Culinary Interactions  pdf
Yelena Mejova, Hamed Haddadi, Anastasios Noulas, Ingmar Weber @ ACM International Conference on Digital Health (DH)

2015  Bridges into the Unknown: Personalizing Connections to Little-known Countries  pdf
Yelena Mejova, Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Ingmar Weber @ Human Computer Interaction (CHI)
Acceptance rate - 23%

2015  You Tweet What You Eat: Studying Food Consumption Through Twitter  pdf
Sofiane Abbar, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber @ Human Computer Interaction (CHI)
Acceptance rate - 23%
also 
International Conference on Computational Social Science (ICCSS)

2014  Controversy and Sentiment in Online News (poster)  pdf
Yelena Mejova, Amy X. Zhang, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Carlos Castillo @ Computation+Journalism Symposium (CJ)

2014  Driving Curiosity in Search with Large-scale Entity Networks  pdf
Ilaria Bordino, Mounia Lalmas, Yelena Mejova, Olivier Van Laere @ ACM SIGWEB Newsletter (SIGWEB)

2014  DEESSE: entity-Driven Exploratory and sErendipitous Search SystEm (demo)  pdf
Olivier Van Laere, Ilaria Bordino, Yelena Mejova, Mounia Lalmas @ ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)

2014  Twitter ain't Without Frontiers: Economic, Social, and Cultural Boundaries in International Communication   pdf
Ruth Garcia-GavilanesYelena Mejova, Daniele Quercia @ ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
Acceptance rate - 27%

2014  Giving is Caring: Understanding Donation Behavior through Email   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber, GVR Kiran, Michael C Dougal @ ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
Acceptance rate - 27%

2013  Penguins in Sweaters, or Serendipitous Entity Search on User-generated Content   pdf
Ilaria Bordino, Yelena Mejova, Mounia Lalmas @ ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)
Acceptance rate - 16.9%  
Best Paper Award

2013  Searching for Interestingness in Wikipedia and Yahoo! Answers (poster paper)   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Ilaria Bordino, Mounia Lalmas, Aristides Gionis @ International World Wide Web Conference (WWW)

2013  The Mesh of Civilizations and International Email Flows    pdf
Bogdan State, Patrick Park, Ingmar Weber, Yelena Mejova, Michael Macy @ Computing Research Repository (CoRR)

2013  Detecting Friday Night Party Photos: Semantics for Tag Recommendation (short paper)   pdf
Philip McParlane, Yelena Mejova, Ingmar Weber @ European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR)

2013  GOP Primary Season on Twitter: "Popular" Political Sentiment in Social Media   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Padmini Srinivasan, Bob Boynton @ International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM)
Acceptance rate - 18.9%

2012  Political Speech in Social Media Streams: YouTube Comments and Twitter Posts (poster paper)   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Padmini Srinivasan @ Web Science Conference (WebSci)

2012  Crossing Media Streams with Sentiment: Domain Adaptation in Blogs, Reviews and Twitter   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Padmini Srinivasan @ International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)
Acceptance rate - 20%

2011  The University of Iowa at TREC 2011: Microblogs, Medical Records and Crowdsourcing   pdf
Sanmitra Bhattacharya, Christopher G. Harris, Yelena Mejova, Chao Yang, Padmini Srinivasan @ The twentieth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC)

2011  Exploring Feature Definition and Selection for Sentiment Classifiers (poster paper)   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Padmini Srinivasan @ Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)

2011  Reuse in the Wild: an Empirical and Ethnographic Study of Organizational Content Reuse   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Klaar De Schepper, Lawrence Bergman, Jie Lu. @ Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) 
Honorable Mention Award - top 5%

2010  Tapping into Sociological Lexicons for Sentiment Polarity Classification   pdf
Yelena Mejova @ Young Scientist Conference in Information Retrieval (RuSSIR)

2010  News Event Modeling and Tracking in the Social Web with Ontological Guidance   pdf
Viet Ha-Thuc, Yelena Mejova, Christopher Harris, Padmini Srinivasan @ International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE ICSC)

2009  TREC Blog and TREC Chem: A View from the Corn Fields   pdf
Yelena Mejova, Viet Ha-Thuc, Steven Foster, Christopher Harris, Bob Arens, Padmini Srinivasan @ The eighteenth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC)

2009  A Relevance-based Topic Model for News Event Tracking (poster paper)   pdf
Viet Ha-Thuc, Yelena Mejova, Christopher Harris, Padmini Srinivasan @ Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval Conference (SIGIR)

2009  Event Intensity Tracking in Weblog Collections   pdf
Viet Ha-Thuc, Yelena Mejova, Christopher Harris, Padmini Srinivasan @ Dataset Workshop, International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)

2008  University of Iowa at TREC 2008 Legal and Relevance Feedback Tracks   pdf
Brian Almquist, Yelena Mejova, Viet Ha-Thuc, Padmini Srinivasan @ Text Retrieval Conference (TREC)


Education

2012  PhD in Computer Science @ University of Iowa 
Thesis: Sentiment Analysis Within and Across Social Media Streams
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching
Presidential Fellow

2007  BS in Computer Science @ Minnesota State University Moorhead