About Me


I’m a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at EPFL, advised by Robert West in the Data Science Lab. I am also affiliated with Swiss JRC, a joint research center between Microsoft Research, EPFL, and ETH.

Drawing methods from causal inference, NLP, and data science, in my research, I study important questions and aim to provide actionable insights about our behaviors, language, well-being, diets, and health. To this end, I develop observational and experimental study designs relying on large-scale digital data sources, such as purchase logs, Web, social media, and crowdsourcing. I also study biases of such digital traces.



Linguistic effects on news headline success: Evidence from thousands of online field experiments (registered report protocol),
Kristina Gligorić, George Lifchits, Robert West and Ashton Anderson.
PLOS ONE, 2021.

Laughing Heads: Can Transformers Detect What Makes a Sentence Funny?
Maxime Peyrard, Beatriz Borges, Kristina Gligorić and Robert West.
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence IJCAI, 2021.

🏆 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
Formation of Social Ties Influences Food Choice: A Campus-wide Longitudinal Study,
Kristina Gligorić, Ryen W White, Emre Kiciman, Eric Horvitz, Arnaud Chiolero and Robert West.
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing CSCW, 2021.
New Scientist Media Coverage

Sudden Attention Shifts on Wikipedia During the COVID-19 Crisis,
Manoel Horta Ribeiro*, Kristina Gligorić*, Maxime Peyrard*, Florian Lemmerich, Markus Strohmaier and Robert West.
International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media ICWSM, 2021.
(URL) (* equal contributions)


Global maps of travel time to healthcare facilities,
Daniel Weiss, Andrew Nelson, Camilo Vargas-Ruiz, Kristina Gligorić, Shailesh Bavadekar, Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Amelia Bertozzi-Villa, Jennifer Rozier, Harry Gibson, Tomer Shekel, Chaitanya Kamath, Allison Lieber, Kevin Schulman, Yang Shao, Vesa Qarkaxhija, Anita Nandi, Suzanne Keddie, Susan Rumisha, Punam Amratia, Rohan Arambepola, Elisabeth Chestnutt, Justin Millar, Tasmin Symons, Ewan Cameron, Katerine Battle, Samir Bhatt and Peter Gething.
Nature Medicine, 2020.


Causal Effects of Brevity on Style and Success in Social Media,
Kristina Gligorić, Ashton Anderson and Robert West.
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing CSCW, 2019.

Comparing and Developing Tools to Measure the Readability of Domain-Specific Texts,
Elissa Redmiles, Lisa Maszkiewicz, Emily Hwang, Dhruv Kuchhal, Everest Liu, Miranda Morales, Denis Peskov, Sudha Rao, Rock Stevens, Kristina Gligorić, Sean Kross, Michelle Mazurek and Hal Daume III.
The 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing EMNLP, 2019.

Message Distortion in Information Cascades,
Manoel Ribeiro, Kristina Gligorić and Robert West.
The Web Conference WWW, 2019.


How Constraints Affect Content: The Case of Twitter’s Switch from 140 to 280 Characters,
Kristina Gligorić, Ashton Anderson and Robert West.
International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media ICWSM, 2018.
telanova Media Coverage

Visible Light Communication Based Indoor Positioning via Compressed Sensing,
Kristina Gligorić, Manisha Ajmani, Dejan Vukobratović and Sinan Sinanović.
IEEE Communication Letters CLET, 2018.


On the Context-Free Ambiguity of Emoji: A Data-Driven Study of 1,289 Emojis,
Justyna Czestochowska*, Kristina Gligorić*, Maxime Peyrard, Yann Mentha, Michal Bien, Andrea Grütter, Anita Auer, Aris Xanthos and Robert West. (URL) (* equal contributions)

Population-scale dietary interests during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Kristina Gligorić, Arnaud Chiolero, Emre Kiciman, Ryen W White, and Robert West. (URL)

Adoption of Twitter’s New Length Limit: Is 280 the New 140?,
Kristina Gligorić, Ashton Anderson and Robert West. (URL)

Experts and authorities receive disproportionate attention on Twitter during the COVID-19 crisis,
Kristina Gligorić*, Manoel Horta Ribeiro*, Martin Müller*, Olesia Altunina, Maxime Peyrard, Marcel Salathé, Giovanni Colavizza and Robert West. (URL) (* equal contributions)


Google, Palo Alto CA, US
Research Intern, Summer 2019
Mentors: Shailesh Bavadekar and Evgeniy Gabrilovich

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarbrucken, Germany
Undergraduate Reseach Intern, Summer 2016
Mentor: Krishna P. Gummadi

Teaching Assistantships

Applied Data Analysis (CS-401), Fall 2021-2022 (head TA)
Data Visualization (COM-480), Spring 2020-2021
Applied Data Analysis (CS-401), Fall 2020-2021 (head TA)
Data Visualization (COM-480), Spring 2019-2020
Applied Data Analysis (CS-401), Fall 2019-2020 (head TA)
Analysis II (MATH-106), Spring 2018-2019
Applied Data Analysis (CS-401), Fall 2018-2019
Signal Processing for Communications (COM-303), Spring 2017-2018


kristina (dot) gligoric (at) epfl (dot) ch
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