Yifan Qian

Yifan Qian

PhD Student in Computational Social Science

Queen Mary University of London


I am currently a PhD student at the School of Business and Management in Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom. My research is broadly concerned with computational social science and combines theories and methods from network science, sociology, machine learning and data science. The general goal of my work is to better understand the structure, functioning and consequences of complex large-scale networks across a number of empirical domains including citation networks, social networks and collaboration networks. I have been supervised by Prof. Pietro Panzarasa (QMUL) and co-advised by Prof. Mauricio Barahona (Imperial College London) since September 2017. I will be joining CSSI, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as a Postdoc in Fall 2021.

  • Science of science
  • Computational social science
  • Network science
  • Machine learning
  • Data science
  • PhD in computational social science, 2021

    Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

  • MSc in computer science, 2017

    Beihang University, China

  • BSc in information and computing science, 2014

    Beihang University, China


  • 05/2021 Three abstracts on science of science accepted as oral contributions at IC2S2 2021, online.
  • 04/2021 I have been accepted to the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Chicago (SICSS Chicago) 2021.
  • 04/2021 One abstract on science of science accepted as an oral contribution at Networks 2021, online.
  • 04/2021 📖 New paper published at Patterns Cell Press [published][arXiv].
  • 01/2021 📖 New paper published at IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems [published][arXiv].
  • 09/2020 Oral and poster presentation at NetSci 2020, online.
  • 07/2020 Poster presentation at IC2S2 2020, online.
  • 05/2020 📖 New preprint on Geometric graphs from data to aid classification tasks [arXiv].
  • 07/2019 Oral and poster presentation at IC2S2 2019, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 05/2019 📖 New preprint on Quantifying the alignment of graph and features in deep learning [arXiv].
  • 03/2019 Oral presentation at Data Natives 2019, City, University of London, UK.
  • 10/2018 Oral presentation at UK Network Science Workshop, University of Greenwich, UK.
  • 07/2018 Poster presentation at IC2S2 2018, Northwestern University, US.
  • 06/2018 Oral and poster presentation at NetSci 2018, Paris, France.


  • y.qian@qmul.ac.uk
  • Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS