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Dr Gregoire Burel

Profile summary

Professional biography

I am a research associate and data scientist at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) with over 10 years of experience applying Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques in domains such as misinformation detection, crisis event extraction and question answering.

I am currently investigating the spread of misinformation and fact-checks for the Co-Inform and HERoS projects. I develop and maintain the Fact-checking Observatory

Over the years, my work has involved the development and application of machine learning techniques for the investigation of user behaviour in different settings (e.g. answering behaviour, energy consumption habits and emerging behaviour in emergency crises), the development of visualisation tools and platforms (e.g. energyuse platform, Sparks Prism) and the creation of formal ontological models (e.g. DoRES, EUse, Veracity, Curio).

Research interests

Data Science, Computational Social Science, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Social Media Analysis, Misinformation, Crisis Computing.


Exploring the impact of automated correction of misinformation in social media (2024)
Burel, Grégoire; Tavakoli, Mohammadali and Alani, Harith
AI Magazine, 45(2) (pp. 227-245)

Demographics and topics impact on the co-spread of COVID-19 misinformation and fact-checks on Twitter (2021-11)
Burel, Grégoire; Farrell, Tracie and Alani, Harith
Information Processing & Management, 58, Article 102732(6)

Relevancy Identification Across Languages and Crisis Types (2019-06-01)
Khare, Prashant; Burel, Gregoire and Alani, Harith
IEEE Intelligent Systems, 34(3) (pp. 19-28)

Collective intelligence for promoting changes in behaviour: a case study on energy conservation (2018-02)
Piccolo, Lara S. G.; De Liddo, Anna; Burel, Gregoire; Fernández, Miriam and Alani, Harith
AI & Society, 33(1) (pp. 15-25)

The Fact-Checking Observatory: Reporting the Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-checks on Social Media (2023-09-05)
Burel, Grégoire and Alani, Harith
In : The 34th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (4-8 Sep 2023, Rome, Italy)

MisinfoMe: A Tool for Longitudinal Assessment of Twitter Accounts’ Sharing of Misinformation (2023-06-16)
Mensio, Martino; Burel, Gregoire; Farrell, Tracie and Alani, Harith
In : UMAP '23: 31st ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (26-29 Jun 2023, Limassol Cyprus) (pp. 72-75)

Tracking Machine Learning Bias Creep in Traditional and Online Lending Systems with Covariance Analysis (2023-04-30)
Pavón Pérez, Ángel; Fernandez, Miriam; Al-Madfai, Hasan; Burel, Grégoire and Alani, Harith
In : WebSci '23: 15th ACM Web Science Conference 2023 (30 Apr - 1 May 2023, Austin, TX, USA) (pp. 184-195)

On the Readability of Misinformation in Comparison to the Truth (2023-04)
Tavakoli, Mohammadali; Alani, Harith and Burel, Gregoire
In : Text2Story 2023 (02/04/2023, Ireland) (pp. 63-72)

Understanding Misogynoir: A Study of Annotators’ Perspectives (2023)
Kwarteng, Joseph; Farrell, Tracie; Third, Aisling; Burel, Gregoire and Fernandez, Miriam
In : 15th ACM Web Science Conference 2023 (WebSci ’23) (30 Apr - 01 May 2023, Evanston, TX, USA) (pp. 271-282)

Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic (2020)
Burel, Gregoire; Farrell, Tracie; Mensio, Martino; Khare, Prashant and Alani, Harith
In : Proceedings of the 12th International Social Informatics Conference (SocInfo) (6-9 Oct 2020, Pisa, Italy)

Cross-Lingual Classification of Crisis Data (2018-10-08)
Khare, Prashant; Burel, Gregoire; Maynard, Diana and Alani, Harith
In : 17th International Semantic Web Conference (8-12 Oct 2018, Monterey, CA (USA)) (pp. 617-633)

Classifying Crises-Information Relevancy with Semantics (2018-06-03)
Khare, Prashant; Burel, Gregoire and Alani, Harith
In : Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2018 (3-7 Jun 2018, Heraklion, Crete) (pp. 367-383)

Crisis Event Extraction Service (CREES) - Automatic Detection and Classification of Crisis-related Content on Social Media (2018-05-18)
Burel, Gregoire and Alani, Harith
In : 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (20-23 May 2018, Rochester, NY, USA)

Semantic Wide and Deep Learning for Detecting Crisis-Information Categories on Social Media (2017-10-25)
Burel, Gregoire; Saif, Hassan and Alani, Harith
In : 16th International Semantic Web Conference (21-25 Oct 2017, Vienna, Austria) (pp. 138-155)

On Semantics and Deep Learning for Event Detection in Crisis Situations (2017-05)
Burel, Gregoire; Saif, Hassan; Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith
In : Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning (SemDeep), at ESWC 2017 (29 May 2017, Portoroz, Slovenia)

DoRES — A Three-tier Ontology for Modelling Crises in the Digital Age (2017)
Burel, Gregoire; Piccolo, Lara S. G.; Meesters, Kenny and Alani, Harith
In : 14th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management (ISCRAM) (21-24 May 2017, Albi, Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée, France) (pp. 834-845)

Predicting Answering Behaviour in Online Question Answering Communities (2015-08-24)
Burel, Gregoire; Mulholland, Paul; He, Yulan and Alani, Harith
In : 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (1-4 Sep 2015, Cyprus) (pp. 201-210)

Modelling Question Selection Behaviour in Online Communities (2015-05-18)
Burel, Gregoire; He, Yulan; Mulholland, Paul and Alani, Harith
In : 2015 International Conference on the World Wide Web (18-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy) (pp. 357-358)

Analysing engagement towards the 2014 Earth Hour Campaign in Twitter (2015)
Fernández, Miriam; Burel, Gregoire; Alani, Harith; Piccolo, Lara Schibelsky Godoy; Meili, Christoph and Hess, Raphael
In : EnviroInfo &ICT4S 2015: Building the Knowledge Base for Environmental Action and Sustainability (7-9 Sep 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark (Forthcoming))

Quantising contribution effort in online communities (2014)
Burel, Gregoire and He, Yulan
In : 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web (7-11 Apr 2014, Seoul, Korea) (pp. 549-550)

A question of complexity - measuring the maturity of online enquiry communities (2013)
Burel, Gregoire and He, Yulan
In : 24th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (1-3 May 2013, Paris, France)

Automatic identification of best answers in online enquiry communities (2012-05)
Burel, Gregoire; He, Yulan and Alani, Harith
In : 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (27-31 May 2012, Crete)

Representing, proving and sharing trustworthiness of web resources using Veracity (2010)
Burel, Gregoire; Basave, Amparo Elizabeth Cano; Rowe, Matthew and Sosa, Alfonso
In : Proceedings of Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management by the Masses (11-15 Oct 2010, Lisbon, Portugal)

Elon Musk could roll back social media moderation – just as we’re learning how it can stop misinformation (2022-05-12)
Alani, Harith; Burel, Gregoire and Farrell, Tracie
The Conversation