Fabrício Benevenuto

Associate Professor (Professor Adjunto)

Computer Science Department
Federal University of Minas Gerais

Room 7317 – DCC - ICEx

+55 31 3409-7598

fabricio (at) dcc (dot) ufmg (dot) br




I am associate professor in the Computer Science Department of Federal University at Minas Gerais (UFMG). I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UFMG, in 2010, and my thesis received the CAPES award as the best Brazilian thesis in computer science for that year. During my Ph.D., I held research intern positions at HP Labs and MPI-SWS (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems). Then, I worked for two years as assistant professor on Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP). I was elected an affiliated member of the Brazilian Academy of Science from 2013 to 2017 and, more recently, I received a prestigious scholarship from Humboldt foundation through which I was visiting faculty at MPI-SWS (2017-2018).  I am actively working on projects related to social media, including social computing, sentiment analysis, and computational journalism. My projects are usually interdisciplinary and involve areas from computer science related to data science, including complex networks, data mining, machine learning and natural language processing. Currently, I am leading a large project against Fake News. My work on these topics has led to a number of important publications, widely cited papers and systems with societal impact.


I am keen to accept PhD., MSc. and undergrad students to work in topics that align with my research interests. Feel free to contact me about this to discuss possible topics of mutual interests.



I'm delighted to be advisor of many talented students from UFMG:


Some Former Students (with their employment):


Opinion Articles

·      Fake news e a crônica do caixa 2 anunciado. In Folha de São Paulo on April 2018.

·      Fake News Is Poisoning Brazilian Politics. WhatsApp Can Stop It. In New York Times on November 2018.





PlosOne, Communications of the ACM (CACM), ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), ACM Computer Communications Review (CCR), ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (TOMCCAP), ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB). IEEE Networks, IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part B, Computer Networks, Data and Knowledge Engineering, Information Systems, Information Processing and Management, The Journal of Systems and Software, International Journal of Information Management, Information Sciences, Computer Communications.


Systems and Applications

Some of our papers are about novel systems.


Conference Publications

Márcio Silva, Lucas S. Oliveira, Athanasios Andreou, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Oana Goga, and Fabrício Benevenuto.
In Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW’20), Taipei, Taiwan. April 2020.
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Alexandre Maros, Jussara Almeida, Fabrício Benevenuto, and Marisa Vasconcelos.
In Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW’20), Taipei, Taiwan. April 2020.
[PDF] [BibTeX]

Carolina C. Vieira, Filipe N. Ribeiro, Pedro O. S. Vaz de Melo, Fabricio Benevenuto, and Emilio Zagheni.
In Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW’20), Taipei, Taiwan. April 2020.
[PDF] [BibTeX]


International Journal Publications


Brazilian Venues

In Proceedings of the Simpósio Brasileiro de Sistemas Multiídia e Web. (Webmedia).  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2019.
[PDF] [BibTeX]


Press Coverage

There has been some coverage of our recent research on important blogs, magazines, newspapers, and TV. I like to keep a track of some of them (some in Portuguese).


Projeto Eleições sem Fake

Twitter Glass Ceiling – paper on WI’17.

iFeel – paper on ICWSM’16.

Breaking the News – paper on ICWSM’15.

Reverse Engineering SocialBot Strategies – ASONAM’14.

Making a bot influential in Twitter - paper on First Monday’13


Link farming in Twitter - paper on WWW'12

Dengue Surveillance - paper on WebSci'11

The Million Follower Fallacy - paper on ICWSM'10


Thesis and SIGIR’09 paper on detection of spammers and promoters




CV and Citations

CV Lattes (CNPq) | DBLP  | My Citations (Google scholar)