Jana Diesner

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Assistant Professor and PhD Program Director

PhD, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon

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(217) 244-3576
jdiesner [at] illinois.edu

Office Hours

Thursdays 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Human-centered data science, network analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, data regulations  

Other Professional Appointments

Faculty Affiliate, Department of Computer Science
Faculty Affiliate, Information Trust Institute (ITI)
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics Institute (I3)


Jana Diesner is an assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, in the Computation, Organizations and Society (COS) program.

Diesner conducts research at the nexus of network science, natural language processing and machine learning. Her research mission is to contribute to the computational analysis and better understanding of the interplay and co-evolution of information and the structure and functioning of socio-technical networks. She develops and investigates methods and technologies for extracting information about networks from text corpora and considering the content of information for network analysis. In her empirical work, she studies networks from the business, science and geopolitical domain. She is particularly interested in covert information and covert networks.

Diesner was a 2015-2016 faculty fellow in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois and is a 2016 Dori J. Maynard Senior Fellow.

Research Projects

NCSA Faculty Fellowship: Predictive Modeling for Impact Assessment

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner a received an Faculty Fellowship and seed funding for her project, “Predictive Modeling for Impact Assessment,” from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Diesner collaborates closely with NCSA scientists on the project, which builds on her work developing computational solutions to assess the impact of issue-focused information projects such as social justice documentaries and...

Computational Impact Assessment of Issue Focused Media and Information Products

Films are produced, screened and perceived as part of a larger and continuously changing ecosystem that involves multiple stakeholders and themes. This project will measure the impact of social justice documentaries by capturing, modeling and analyzing the map of these stakeholders and themes in a systematic, scalable and analytically rigorous fashion.

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Network Analysis for Medical Information Classification and Impact Assessment

Diesner’s team is developing a natural-language processing solution for probabilistic entity detection and classification in the domain of healthcare. The core of the solution are prediction models built by using supervised and/or semi-supervised machine learning techniques. The resulting models can be used to annotate natural language text data documents for entity classes. The team will perform fact extraction from medical text data documents as well as map tokens to predefined medical...

Completed Research Projects

Related Topics

Data Analytics, Data Curation, Design and Evaluation of Information Systems and Services, Information Literacy, Information Practices and Behaviors, Social and Information Networks, Social Informatics, online communities-master