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  • Expression of Interest

    Sabanci University

    Dr. Varol has over 7 years research experience on misbehavior detection and mitigation strategies. He developed a social bot detection system called Botometer. His team ranked top 3 worldwide at the 2015 DARPA Bot Detection Challenge. Efforts on studying social bots yield publications on prestigious venues such as Nature Communications, Communications of the ACM, International Conference of Web and Social Media (ICWSM), and World Wide Web (WWW) conference.

    His team at VRL Lab develop projects on detecting accounts manipulating platforms by purchasing fake followers and engagements, utilizing multimodel systems to incorporate image and network information, as well as studying disinformation campaigns of anti-vaccine groups and political manipulation.

    For more information you can visit VRL Lab website:

    Sabanci University (SU) is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative and research-oriented universities in Turkey. According to the results of the World University Rankings 2021 by subject, SU was ranked among top 250 universities in the world and 1st in Turkey both in Computer Science and Social Sciences fields; among top 400 in the world and 2nd in Turkey in Engineering & Technology and among top 800 in the world and 3rd in Turkey in Physical Sciences.