Animesh Mukherjee


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Present Affiliation:

Associate Professor (A K Singh Chair)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Poschimbongo, India -- 721302,
Humboldt Fellow (Experienced Researchers)

Phone: +91-3222283472 (Office)    +91-3222283473 (Residence)
Email: animeshm-at-cse-dot-iitkgp-dot-ac-dot-in

Brief Bio:

Presently I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Prior to this, I was working as a post doctoral researcher in the Complex Systems Lagrange Lab, ISI Foundation, Italy. I received my PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a thesis on self-organization of human speech sound inventories. My main research interests center around applying complex system approaches (mainly complex networks and agent-based simulations) to different problems in (a) human language evolution and change, (b) web social media, (c) information retrieval and (d) natural language processing.

Note to aspiring applicants:

  1. For Post-Doc: The Institute now has a regularized procedure to appoint post-docs. Interested candidates may directly write to me with a copy of their recent resume and one letter of recommendation. The formal process for application is outlined here. You can apply here.
  2. For PhD: The Institute has a centralized policy for PhD entrance. You can apply here. The syllabus for the entrance test is here.
  3. For MS: For MS you have to first get through some project. For project advertisements from CNeRG see here. Once you are already a project staff you can apply for MS here. The syllabus for the entrance test is here. However, these days I am reluctant of taking MS students since I am more interested in longer commitments, e.g., sponsored/direct PhDs.
  4. For internships: We only offer summer internships; therefore, do not apply for internships in fall. In general, your internship requests directly to my mail-box will never be acknowledged! Therefore, rather apply online.

News/Upcoming Events:

Year 2021


New paper accepted in The SNAM Journal: A core-periphery structure based network embedding approach.

We shall be delivering a tutorial titled Hate speech: Detection, Mitigation and Beyond at ICWSM 2021.

New paper accepted in The WebConf 2021: "Short is the Road that Leads from Fear to Hate'': Fear Speech in Indian WhatsApp Groups.

New paper accepted in AAAI 2021: HateXplain: A Benchmark Dataset for Explainable Hate Speech Detection.

New paper accepted in ACM FAccT 2021: When the Umpire is also a Player: Bias in Private Label Product Recommendations on E-commerce Marketplaces.

New paper accepted in ECIR 2021: Joint Autoregressive and Graph Models for Software and Developer Social Networks.

Year 2020


New invited article in ACM SIGWEB Newsletters: Hatespeech in online social media.

We finish at world rank 18 in the Facebook+Drivendata Hateful Memes competition.

New paper accepted in EMNLP 2020: NwQM: A neural quality assessment framework for Wikipedia.

New paper accepted in PLoS ONE: Unsupervised Ranking of Clustering Algorithms by INFOMAX.

New paper accepted in CSCW 2020: Hate begets Hate: A Temporal Study of Hate Speech.

New paper accepted in ECML-PKDD 2020: A Deep Dive into Multilingual Hate Speech Classification.

We win the very competitive worldwide Facebook+Social Science One data grant. This means "Unprecedented (a trillion!) Facebook URLs Dataset" now available to us with an access license of 12 months.

New medium article on #COVID-19 test: Aggressive and widespread: On systematically estimating the number of tests to detect COVID-19 infections.

New demo paper accepted in JCDL 2020: Gandhipedia: A one-stop AI-enabled portal for browsing Gandhian literature, life-events and his social network.

New short paper accepted in ACL 2020: Code-switching patterns can be an effective route to improve performance of downstream NLP applications: A case study of humour, sarcasm and hate speech detection.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the current administrative circular issued by IIT Kharagpur, AI and Ethics classes will be held in online mode through Zoom until further notices.

New paper accepted in JCDL 2020: Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis of Scientific Reviews.

New paper accepted in JCDL 2020: Characterising authors on the extent of their paper acceptance: A case study of the Journal of High Energy Physics.

New paper accepted in JCDL 2020: Identification, Tracking and Impact: Understanding the trade secret of catchphrases.

New paper accepted in Journal of Informetrics: Analysis of Reference and Citation Copying in Evolving Bibliographic Networks.

New paper accepted in Journal of Information Processing and Management: Network Measures: A New Paradigm Towards Reliable Novel Word Sense Detection.

New research track paper accepted in CoDS-COMAD 2020: Competing Topic Naming Conventions in Quora: Predicting Appropriate Topic Merges and Winning Topics from Millions of Topic Pairs.

New research track paper accepted in CoDS-COMAD 2020: Interaction dynamics between hate and counter users on Twitter.

New industry track paper accepted in CoDS-COMAD 2020: Innovation and Revenue: Deep Diving into the Temporal Rank-shifts of Fortune 500 Companies.

Year 2019


Our SocInfo paper Deep Dive into Anonymity: Large Scale Analysis of Quora Questions, receives the best paper nomination.

Gandhipedia gets huge news coverage: List of coverages.

Myself, Pawan and Souvic win the Ethics in AI Research Awards -- India from Facebook research. The topic of our proposal was: Targeted bias in Indian Media Outlets.

Myself, Saptarshi and NG win the Machine Learning Education with TensorFlow 2.0 proposal. The course proposal was on -- AI and Ethics and how TensorFlow can be used in the course.

New short paper accepted in EMNLP 2019: A deep-learning framework to detect sarcasm targets.

Souvic receives TCS research PhD fellowship.

Congratulations to Abhisek for receiving the Best In-session Presentation Award at Infocom 2019.

New short paper accepted in ICADL 2019: The rise and rise of interdisciplinary research: Understanding the interaction dynamics of three major fields -- Physics, Mathematics & Computer Science.

Mayank and myself will have the honour to develop Gandhipedia to commemorate the 150th birth year of Mahatma Gandhi. This appears as a budget item of the financial year 2019-2020.

We receive this year's Best Paper (Honourable Mention) Award at ACM WebSci for our paper: Spread of hate speech in online social media.

New paper accepted in SocInfo 2019: Deep Dive into Anonymity: Large Scale Analysis of Quora Questions.

New poster accepted in ACM Hypertext and Social Media 2019: Characterizing the spread of exaggerated health news content over social media.

New paper accepted in ACL 2019: On the Compositionality Prediction of Noun Phrases using Poincaré embedding.

New paper accepted in ACL 2019: StRE: Self Attentive Edit Quality Prediction in Wikipedia.

I become a Knuts voice.

New paper accepted in ACM WebSci 2019: Spread of hate speech in online social media.

New poster paper accepted in SemEval 2019: A deep learning approach to detect emotions in the dialog utterances.

New paper accepted in ICWSM 2019: Thou shalt not hate: Countering online hate speech.

Our work on misogyny detection appears in MIT Tech Review's best of the Physics arXiv.

New paper accepted in ECIR 2019: Automated Early Leaderboard Generation From Comparative Tables.

New short paper accepted in ECIR 2019: DeepTagRec: A Content-cum-User based Tag Recommendation Framework for Stack Overflow.

New paper accepted in IEEE Infocom 2019: A Network-centric Framework for Auditing Recommendation Systems.

New paper accepted in ACM SAC 2019 -- Knowledge and Language Processing track: Detecting Reliable Novel Word Senses: A Network-Centric Approach.

New paper accepted in ICWSM 2019: "Woman-Metal-White vs Man-Dress-Shorts": Combining Social, Temporal and Image Signals to Understand Popularity of Pinterest Fashion Boards.

Year 2018


My colloquium talk at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Abhisek receives the TCS PhD fellowship.

Our work incivility detection in Twitter covered by TechXplore.

Our work connecting book reading behavior on Goodreads and Amazon best sellers covered by TechXplore, geek.com and phys.org.

New chapter accepted in Machine Learning Techniques for Online Social Networks (LNSN): Centrality and Community Scoring Functions in Incomplete Networks: Their Sensitivity, Robustness, and Reliability.

New chapter accepted in Influence and Behavior Analysis in Social Networks and Social Media (LNSN): Analyzing Social Book Reading Behavior on Goodreads and how it predicts Amazon Best Sellers.

New paper accepted in Social Media Mining for Health Applications (SMM4H) Workshop & Shared Task of EMNLP 2018: Deep learning for social media health text classification.

New paper accepted in CSCW 2018: Opinion Conflicts: An Effective Route to Detect Incivility in Twitter.

New paper accepted in CIKM 2018: On Rich Clubs of Path-Based Centralities in Networks.

New paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems: Analyzing Linguistic Structure of Question Texts to Characterize Answerability in Quora.

We won the best paper award in ICTS4eHealth 2018.

New paper accepted in ASONAM 2018: Core2Vec: A core-preserving feature learning framework for networks.

New poster accepted in ASONAM 2018: One size does not fit all: Predicting product returns in e-commerce platforms.

New paper accepted in COLING 2018: WikiRef: Wikilinks as a route to recommending appropriate references for scientific Wikipedia pages.

New paper accepted in ICTS4eHealth 2018: Understanding Psycholinguistic Behavior of Predominant Drunk Texters in Social Media.

New paper accepted in ECML-PKDD Journal Track 2018 (
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Journal): Using Core-Periphery Structure to Predict High Centrality Nodes in Time-Varying Networks.

Mayank selected to attend the prestigious Sixth Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

New demo paper accepted in NAACL 2018: CL Scholar: The ACL Anthology Knowledge Graph Miner.

Unrestricted research grant from Adobe Research.

New paper accepted in IJDL 2018: On the effectiveness of the scientific peer-review system: a case study of the Journal of High Energy Physics.

New paper accepted in AAMAS 2018: ComPAS: Community Preserving Sampling for Streaming Graphs.

Inducted to the board of COMSNETS from 2018.

Shall serve as the General Chair of COMSNETS 2019.

New poster paper accepted in ACM GROUP 2018: Why Did They #Unfollow Me? Early Detection of Follower Loss on Twitter.

New poster paper accepted in ACM GROUP 2018: Understanding Book Popularity on Goodreads.