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 Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK, and a former visiting scientist at Yahoo Labs and at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing where he was applying computational methods to model social behavior in online platforms in collaborations 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 figurative language. He is passionate about building new mapping tools that capture the sensorial layers of a city and designing innovative methods to explore urban spaces.