I am a PhD in Computer Science fascinated about 
cities, cultures, and people
THIAGO HENRIQUE SILVA "Pes"

Contact
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Department of Informatics
Federal University of Technology - UTFPR
Av. 7 de Setembro, 3165
Curitiba - PR - Brazil
DAINF Room: 2
thiagoh(@)(utfpr)(.)(edu)(.)(br)
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My complete CV is here







Current research

How to better understand cities dynamics? What differentiate my city from yours? How different are ours cultures? How can we measure those differences in large scale? What can we do with that? These are some examples of questions that are guiding us in our current interdisciplinary research.

With the popularization of smartphones and location-based social networks we have an incredible opportunity to study urban social behavior at large scale. Applying algorithms and models from Computer Science, Statistics, and Social Sciences
we are being able to study cities dynamics and cross-cultural differences worldwide.

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I am fortunate to have as collaborators in this research:
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::Selected Publications (newest first):
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Paper that introduces my research:
pdf  Large Scale Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior Using Participatory Sensing.
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  • pdf - bib Users in the Urban Sensing Process: Challenges and Research Opportunities
    Thiago H. Silva, Clayson Celes, João Neto, Vinícius Mota, Felipe Cunha, Ana Ferreira, Anna Ribeiro, Pedro Vaz de Melo, Jussara Almeida, Antonio Loureiro
    Book title: Pervasive Computing: Next Generation Platforms for Intelligent Data Collection. 2016.

  • pdf - bib Sensing in the Collaborative Internet of Things
    João B Neto, Thiago H. Silva, Renato M Assunção, Raquel A Mini, Antonio A F Loureiro
    Journal Sensors. 2015

  • pdf - bib Computação Urbana: Técnicas para o Estudo de Sociedades com Redes de Sensoriamento Participativo
    Thiago H. Silva, Antonio A F Loureiro
    Jornada de Atualização em Informática - JAI CSBC. 2015.
    Material Suplementar


  • pdf  bib Revealing the City that We Cannot See
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). 2014.
    Special issue on Foundations of Social Computing.

  • pdf  -  bib You are What you Eat (and Drink): Identifying Cultural Boundaries by Analyzing Food & Drink Habits in Foursquare
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Mirco Musolesi, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Int. AAAI Conf. on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM'14). Ann Arbor, USA. 2014. 
  • pdf - bib Participatory Sensor Networks as Sensing Layers
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Aline Viana, Juliana Sales, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Conference on Social Computing and Networking (SocialCom'14)


  • pdf  -  bib Large Scale Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior Using Participatory Sensing
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Wireless Communications - Special issue: Mobile Social Networks. 2014.


  • pdf  -  bib Social Media as a Source of Sensing to Study City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior: Approaches, Models, and Opportunities.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    Book title
    : Ubiquitous Social Media Analysis. Ed. Springer. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib Traffic Condition Is More Than Colored Lines on a Map: Characterization of Waze Alerts.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Aline C. Viana, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Springer Int. Conf. on Social Informatics (SocInfo'13). Kyoto, Japan. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib A comparison of Foursquare and Instagram to the Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM SIGKDD Int. Work. on Urban Computing (UrbComp'13). Chicago, USA. 2013.


  • pdf  -  bib Challenges and Opportunities on the Large Scale Study of City Dynamics Using Participatory Sensing. 
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Symp. on Computers and Communications (ISCC'13). Split, Croatia. 2013.  
  • pdf  -  bib A picture of Instagram is Worth More than a Thousand Words: Workload Characterization and Application.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS'13).  Cambridge,  USA. 2013.
  • pdf  -  bib Visualizing the Invisible Image of Cities. Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Juliana Salles, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing. Besancon, France. 2012. 
    • I have to confess that the book Invisible Cities influenciated me quite a lot in this work, thanks Italo Calvino :)

  • The text of my thesis entitled Large Scale Study of City Dynamics and Urban Social Behavior Using Participatory Sensor  Networks is here

Past/Other research


::Computer Networks problems

In a past not so distant (during my Master), I researched about P2P networks for live video streaming:
  • pdf  - bib Live streaming of user generated videos: Workload characterization and content delivery architectures.
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    Computer Networks. 2011.


  • pdf - bib Analysis of P2P Streaming Based on the Characterization of Live User-Generated Video
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    IEEE Int. Conf. on Communications (ICC'10). Cape Town, South Africa. 2010.


  • pdf - bib Caracterização do Comportamento dos Espectadores em Transmissões de Vídeo ao Vivo Geradas por Usuários.
    Thiago H Silva, Jussara M. Almeida, Dorgival Guedes.
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Recife PE Brasil. 2009. 


::Other Ubicomp/Urban Computing problems:
  • pdf  -  bib A picture of actual Ubicomp research exploring publications from important events in the field.
    Thiago H Silva, Clayson Celes, Vinicius F. S. Mota, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Journal of Applied Computing Research. 2012.


  • pdf - bib Overview of Ubicomp Research Based on Scientific Publications. Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Clayson Celes, Vinicius F. S. Mota, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    Brazilian Symp. on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (SBCUP'12). Curitiba, Brazil. 2012.

  • pdf - bib On the Use of Participatory Sensing to Better Understand City Dynamics.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro.
    ACM Ubicomp Int. Work. SenCity: Uncovering the Hidden Pulse of a City. Zurich, Switzerland. 2013.

     
::Papers in Portuguese (Diverse topics)
  • pdf - bib Medição, análise e modelagem de tempos de ida-e-volta na Internet. (in portuguese)
    Everthon Valadao, Assahaf Gecary; Thiago H Silva; Dorgival Guedes, Ricardo Duarte. 
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Gramado RS - Brasil. 2010.


  • pdf - bib Introduzindo Tolerância a Interrupção em Redes Ad Hoc Móveis para Cenários de Emergência. (in portuguese)
    Vinicius F. S. Mota, Thiago H Silva, Jose M. Nogueira. 
    Simp. Brasileiro de Redes de Computadores e Sistemas Distribuídos. Recife PE Brasil. 2009.


  • pdf - bib Uma Fotografia do Instagram: Caracterização e Aplicação. (in portuguese) 2nd Best Paper Award
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    Brazilian Symp. on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SBRC'13), Brasília, Brazil. 2013.


  • pdf - bib Uncovering Properties in Participatory Sensor Networks.
    Thiago H Silva, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Jussara M. Almeida, Antonio A. F. Loureiro. 
    4th ACM Int. Work. on Hot Topics in Planet-scale Measurement. Lake District, UK. 2012.



::Other selected collaborations:

Study of scientific collaboration network:
  • pdf - bib On the analysis of the collaboration network of the Brazilian symposium on computer networks and distributed systems.
    Guilherme Maia, Daniel Guidoni, Thiago H Silva, Fernanda Souza, Pedro Vaz de Melo, Cesar Soares, Jussara Almeida, Antonio Loureiro.
    Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. 2013.