Rossano Schifanella is an Assistant Professor in computer science at the University of Turin where he is a member of the Applied Research on Computational Complex Systems (ARCĀ²S) group. He is a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo Labs where he collaborates with differente teams under the Faculty Research and Engagement Program. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing collaborating with the Networks & agents Network (NaN) group.

His research mainly focuses on a data-driven analysis of the behavior of (groups of) individuals and their interactions on social media platforms, aiming to reach a deeper understanding of online and offline social behavior. He is also interested in computational methods to investigate social phenomena, aesthetics and creativity in media platforms, and emotion and sensory aware methods to explore urban spaces.