Jana Diesner is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and an affiliate at the Department of Computer Scienceand the Information Trust Institute. She earned her PhD (thesis) at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science.
Jana 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. In working towards this goal, she develops, adapts and analyzes 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.