New team members

The Elites, networks, and power in modern urban China ERC project is taking off the ground and I am delighted, as P.I. of the project, to welcome four new members to our research team. Let me briefly introduce them here, before we offer them the opportunity to introduce themselves on this blog.

Cécile Armand joins the team as a postdoctoral scholar in History.  Armand completed her Ph.D.  at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon on the spatial history of advertising in modern Shanghai (1905-1949). Her current research investigates the emergence of consumer societies and market cultures in modern China. Her contribution to the project consists in tracing the birth of a new brand of market professionals and experts – both Chinese and foreign, at the intersection of business, advertising, journalism, economic institutions and social sciences.

Julie Chiang (蔣慈暉) will be our Project coordinator. Julie received her education in Taiwan and in the United States. She served as assistant coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus MULTI program (2010-2015). She comes  from a business background, with experiences in logistics and pricing structures while working in Austin, TX (2000-2006). We expect her to  monitor the dynamics of the project and bring in order and structure to a diverse team distributed over several locations.

Andréa Carneiro Linhares is joining the team as our computer scientist. Andréa is a former faculty member of the computer engineering department at the Federal University of Ceará in Brazil. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Avignon University (France), followed by post doctorate  at the Computing Laboratory of Avignon University  in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and in Machine Learning. Her experience in Computer Science is focused on combinatorial optimization, graph and algorithms, automatic summarization (NLP), frequency assignment problems and numerical methods.

Pierre Magistry joins the project as a postdoctoral scholar in natural language processing and computational linguistics. Pierre received his training in both linguistics and Chinese studies, which he combined in his research for the PhD in theoretical, descriptive and computational linguistics at Paris-Diderot University. He acquired practical expertise on the linguistic and technical aspects of NLP through his participation to various research projects in France and in Taiwan. His contribution to the project will include working on the massive English and Chinese corpora which the project intends to explore.

and……. we are still looking for our data scientist! So please check out the project (Job openings tab), spread the word, and come and join us!


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