The TwitterHealth project at the University of Rochester mines social media such as Twitter to extract public health information. Social media can be used to track the spread of infectious disease, to discover factors such as air pollution and lifestyle behaviors that impact health, to locate sources of food poisoning, and more. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Principle Investigators

Henry Kautz (Department of Computer Science)

Jiebo Luo (Department of Computer Science)

Vincent Silenzio (Department of Public Health Sciences)

News Reports

The GuardianThe NY Post, InformationWeekGizmodoDiscovery NewsDemocrat and ChronicleWXXXI Public Radio


Adam Sadilek, Sean Brennan, Henry Kautz, and Vincent Silenzion (2013). nEmesis: Which Restaurants Should You Avoid Today? First AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP-2013), Palm Springs, CA, 2013.

Henry Kautz (2013). There's a Fly in My Tweets. New York Times, June 23, 2013, page SR12.

Sean Brennan, Adam Sadilek, and Henry Kautz (2013). Towards Understanding Global Spread of Disease from Everyday Interpersonal Interactions23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2013), Beijing, China, 2013.

Henry Kautz (2013). Senior Member Presentation: Data Mining Social Media for Public Health Applications23rd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2013), Beijing, China, 2013.

Adam Sadilek and Henry Kautz (2013). Modeling the Impact of Lifestyle on Health at Scale. Sixth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2013). Rome, Italy, 2013.

Adam Sadilek, Henry Kautz, and Vincent Silenzio (2012). Predicting Disease Transmission from Geo-Tagged Micro-Blog Data26th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-12), Toronto, Canada, 2012.

Adam Sadilek, Henry Kautz, and Vincent Silenzio (2012) Modeling Spread of Disease from Social InteractionsSixth AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-2012), Dublin, Ireland, 2012.