"Social Networks, Fake News and Process Disruption," by Tim Weninger

Tim Weninger

The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


Tim Weninger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he directs the Data Science Group and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Networks Science and Applications (ICENSA). He has authored over 60 research publications in the areas of social media, machine learning and network science. The key application of his research is to identify how humans generate, curate and search for information in the pursuit of knowledge. He uses properties of these emergent networks to reason about the nature of relatedness, membership and other abstract and physical phenomena. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Army Research Office Young Faculty Award, and has received research grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, DARPA, USAID, and the John Templeton Foundation. He is an inaugural member of the ACM's Future of Computing Academy and serves on numerous scientific program committees and editorial boards.