Web and social media mining

The large-scale availability of user-generated content in social media platforms has opened up new possibilities for studying and understanding real-world phenomena, trends and events. Social media is a highly heterogeneous source of data that provides real-time information in specific areas of interest, which can assist public safety through the monitoring of crisis events with spatial, temporal and contextual multimodal information. Combining the discovery of social media insights with knowledge retrieved by focused crawling from traditional web sources, our research offers timely in-situ information about changes, concepts and events of interest to specific communities.