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Dr Hywel Williams

Senior Lecturer in Data Science


Telephone: 01392 723777

Extension: (Streatham) 3777

Hywel received his PhD in Complex Systems from University of Leeds in 2006. Since then he has worked in the departments of Environmental Science and Computer Science at University of East Anglia, before moving to Biosciences at University of Exeter in 2011. In 2017 he moved across campus to his current position in Computer Science. His research career has applied complex systems thinking and computational methods to problems in artificial intelligence, Earth system science, ecology, evolution, and more recently, social sciences. This interdisciplinary mix is unified by a methodological focus on simulation, network analysis and machine learning.

Current research interests focus primarily on the analysis of complex data from the Web and social media, with a particular emphasis on environmental issues. This work includes network analysis and text mining to understand online political and environmental debates, modelling/predicting collective attention in social media, understanding social biases in online news consumption, and using Web data to track natural hazards.

Hywel leads an active research group of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students, with diverse interests in environmental data analysis and computational social science. He is also Programme Lead for the MSc Data Science (Professional) and teaches courses in data science and social network analysis. His research is/has been funded by EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust and several commercial sponsors.

** There are currently two vacancies for funded PhD positions in my research group – please contact me for more information. **