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2015-present: Ph.D. Candidate (Computational Social Science) - Data Science
Universität Koblenz - Landau,
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Cologne, Germany

2011–2014: Master in Science (Computer Science) - Social Computing
Universität des Saarlandes,
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)
Saarbrücken, Germany
 2004–2010: Bachelor in Engineering (Computer Science) - Technological Systems
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral,
Centro de Tecnologías de Información (CTI) - Information Technologies Center
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Academic Background

Doctoral's Details

Discipline Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)
Thesis TBA
Supervisors JProf. Dr. Claudia Wagner  (GESIS, University of Koblenz-Landau)
Prof. Dr. Markus Strohmaier (GESIS, RWTH Aachen)
Duration 2015 - 2019 (expected)

Master's Details
Discipline Master in Science (Computer Science)
Thesis TTopic - Inferring Topical Context for Tweets, Hashtags and Trending Topics on Twitter [pdf]
Supervisor Prof. Ph.D. Krishna Gummadi (MPI-SWS)
  • What's the context (demo)
  • Mapping Topical Context to High Level Categories (using DMOZ)
Duration 2011 - 2014

Bachelor's Details

Discipline Bachelor in Engineering (Computer Science)
Thesis Analysis, Design and Implementation of an Academic Social Network that integrates the most popular services of the University [dspacepdf, slides]
Supervisor Ph.D. Xavier Ochoa (ESPOL)
Duration 2004 - 2010


 2019HopRank: How Semantic Structure Influences Teleportation in PageRank (A case study on BioPortal).
Lisette Espín-Noboa, Florian Lemmerich, Simon Walk, Markus Strohmaier and Mark A. Musen. In TheWebConf'19 Companion: The 2019 Web Conference Companion, May 13–17, 2019, San Francisco, CA, USA.
 2018Towards Quantifying Sampling Bias in Network Inference.
Lisette Espín-Noboa, Claudia Wagner, Fariba Karimi, and Kristina Lerman. 2018. In WWW ’18 Companion: The 2018 Web Conference Companion, April 23–27, 2018, Lyon, France. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages. 
 As part of the International workshop on Mining Attributed Networks (MATNet’18). 3191567
 2017  JANUS: A Hypothesis-driven Bayesian Approach for Understanding Edge Formation in Attributed Multigraphs
Lisette Espín-Noboa, Florian Lemmerich,  Markus Strohmaier and Philipp SingerApplied Network Science 2017
  How Users Explore Ontologies on the Web: A Study of NCBO's BioPortal Usage Logs 
Simon Walk, Lisette Espín-Noboa, Denis Helic, Markus Strohmaier and Mark A. Musen. In Proceedings of 26th International World Wide Web Conference WWW'17. Perth, Australia. April 2017.
 2016 A Hypotheses-driven Bayesian Approach for Understanding Edge Formation in Attributed Multigraphs
Lisette Espín-Noboa, Florian Lemmerich,  Markus Strohmaier and Philipp SingerIn Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications. Milan, Italy. November 2016.

Discovering and Characterizing Mobility Patterns in Urban Spaces: A Study of Manhattan Taxi Data
Lisette Espín-Noboa, Florian Lemmerich, Philipp Singer and Markus Strohmaier. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion, International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2016. As part of the 6th International Workshop on Location and the Web. Montreal, Canada, April 2016.
2015 Understanding How Users Edit Ontologies: Comparing Hypotheses About Four Real-World Projects
Simon Walk, Philipp Singer, Lisette Espín Noboa, Tania Tudorache, Mark A Musen, Markus Strohmaier. 14th International Semantic Web Conference, At Bethlehem (ISWC), Pennsylvania, USA.

Characterizing Information Diets of Social Media Users
Juhi Kulshrestha, Muhammad Bilal Zafar, Lisette Espin Noboa , Krishna P. Gummadi, Saptarshi Ghosh 
Proc. of the 9th International AAAI Conference of Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Oxford, UK, May 2015
2014 TTopic
Inferring Topical Context of Tweets, Hashtags and Trending Topics on Twitter (Master's thesis)

Projects & Systems

2014 TTopic
The aim goal of this project is to classify tweets based on their different attributes, not only content. 
In order to achieve this goal, we first focused on Classifying Trending Topics on Twitter.
The next step, is to classify Hashtags and finally Tweets.

2013 WHiTE
Twitter geo-targeted events Explorer

Truly Following
Design of a web search engine of trustee Twitter users accounts (demo)

Zombie Outbreak
Leveraging features of Windows Phone 7 and implementing a real-time application that connects people based on their location, and Facebook.

2010 miESPOL (Bachelor thesis)
An Academic Online Social Network that integrates the most popular services that the University provides such as: SIDWeb an LMS, Lectures Scheduler, Grades System, Online Census. 
We used Liferay as the core implementation of the Social Network.

2009 LifeAcademic
Web­-based academic system for managing the academic planning process using the available shared resources in a faculty (classrooms, teachers, students, etc) by applying the MVC best practices.

 2009 REINA
eVoting system for beauty queen pageants. System developed in 2009 for the election of the beauty queen of Guayaquil city, and utilised since then as the official evoting platform for juries. It has been used as well for the election of Miss World Ecuador since 2014. 
[Second product of my startup NEOBOX S.A.]

 2008 SCO
Stand-alone application for Dentists. By using the HCI best practices the systems allows the user (i.e. dentist, secretary, intern) to manage the history of the patient from general information such as names, treatments to RX, Images, and the evolution of the Odontogram a Periodontogram.
[Best project in the Human Computer Interaction course]
[Later, called DentOS as the first product of my startup NEOBOX S.A.]


Spanish Native  
English Full Professional
German Elementary  

Computer skills

OS Platforms Linux/Unix (Debian, Ubuntu), MAC OS, Windows, DOS 
Programming Python, R (basic), Java, C
Databases PostgreSQL, MySQL
IDE PyCharm, RStudio, Netbeans, Eclipse, Jupyter Notebooks
Data Exchange XML, JSON, GEOJson
Web Development PHP, HTML & CSS & Javascript, AJAX, Action Script, FLEX
Version Control System  SVN, GIT
Data Analysis Tools Gephi, Python (networkx, pandas, scikit-learn, seaborn, scipy)

Technical Skills

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Web development
  • HCI best practices


  • Graph Theory / Network Science
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Online Social Networks
  • Data Mining
  • Information Retrieval
  • Urban Computing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Databases
  • e Government, Smart Cities, Digital Cities
  • e Learning


  • Zumba(R) Instructor
  • Volleyball
  • Listen Music

Personal Details:

First Name Lisette Elizabeth 
Last Name Espín Noboa
Gender Female
Age (as of Aug 2019) 33
Nationality     Ecuadorian