Current Graduate Students:

  • Anu Shrestha
  • Indhumathi Gurunathan

Past Graduate Students:

  • Laxmi Amulya Gundala
  • Akshay Kansal
  • Harish Arelli
  • Nitish Dhakal (co-advised with Prof. Xu)

Selected Publications

In ICDM, 2016.

In Artif. Intell., 2016.

In SIGKDD, 2015.

In Commun. ACM, 2014.

Latest Publications


More Publications

A Scalable Graph-Coarsening Based Index for Dynamic Graph Databases

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Predicting Friendship Strenght for Privacy Preserving: A Case Study on Facebook.

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Who Will Stop Contributing? Predicting Inactive Editors in Wikipedia.

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Spam Users Identification in Wikipedia via Editing Behavior

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Ensuring the Integrity of Wikipedia: A Data Science Approach

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Tutorials & Talks


  • Francesca is Co-Chair of the Second Women in Data Science (WinDS) Workshop, co-located with TheWebConference 2018, Lyon, France, Tuesday April 24th, 2018.

  • Francesca collaborated with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on Nov. 15, 2017 to host a STEM outreach event. An interactive presentation was delivered to help older adults understand, navigate, and prevent malicious acts on the Internet, especially Social Media. Read more.


Courses taught at Boise State University:

  • CS 410 / 510 Databases (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • CS 321 Data Structures (Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
  • CS 597 Social Networking Analysis (Spring 2016)