Social Media Lab Summer Talks

LecturePlease join us on Tuesday, July 23, 1-2pm at the Social Media Lab (Faculty of Management, ROWE, Suite 2010, Room 2021) for two great talks at Dal this week. The speakers are Dr, Nesrine Zemirli from King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) and Elizabeth Dubois from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford (UK). Both scholars are in Halifax this summer as guests of the Social Media Lab.

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  • Dr. Nesrine Zemirli is an Assistant Professor at the Information Systems Department at King Saud University (Saudi Arabia). Her talk will focus on Personalized Big Data (PBD) and application-driven approaches to personalized recommendation system (P-RecoSys).

Dr. Zemirli holds a PhD in Computer Science from IRIT at Paul Sabatier University Toulouse III, France, specializing in the personalization of information access. She worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at various French Universities (ISEP, Paul Sabatier University Toulouse III, School of Engineering the INSA of Toulouse, Sciences Socials University Toulouse I and the University Center for Training and Research Jean-François Champollion of Albi, France). She also worked as a Research Engineer and project web manager in a French and international business company (Amadeus SAS, Auditek SAS, Solimobile, Milestone SAS).


  • Elizabeth Dubois is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford (UK), a member of Balliol College and a current Clarendon Scholar. Her talk will focus on the role of Internet enabled citizens in governance, and more specifically on the ways in which digitally enabled individuals are using personal influence to transmit political messages in a hybrid media environment.

Before joining the OII in 2011 as an MSc student, she completed a BA, Hons. Specialization in Communication at the University of Ottawa, Canada. As a Killam Fellow through the Fulbright Foundation (Canada) in 2010 she studied at American University in Washington, DC. In September, Ms. Dubois will also be presenting her paper (with Devin Gaffney) entitled “Identifying the opinion leader: Influence, Twitter, and Canadian Politics” at the 2013 Social Media & Society Conference.