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Michael is a Data Scientist, specialising in Computational Linguistics, whose research focuses on relationships and language use in social media communities and other social informatics. His current work relates to Australian social media usage, and its relationship with experts, leaders and professionals. This is connected to his doctoral research on finding expertise within an online community through the recognition of the expertise claims and community opinion that make up the Duality of Expertise. His Expertise Finding Model profiles and ranks forum authors based on linguistic evidence from forum discussions.

His former role at Swinburne University and Deakin University as a Data Analysis Tools Developer (DATD) within the Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media Analysis (TrISMA) was to assist academics from all fields (but especially the humanities) include analysis of Australian social media usage in their research. Prior to that he was an AI research assistant at Monash University and developed machine translation systems at Adacel technologies and Toggletext. 

Monash teaching commitment

Michael is part of the Monash Online Graduate Diploma in Data Science team. His teaching units include:

  • FIT5145 Introduction to Data Science
  • FIT5146 Data Curation and Management
  • FIT5147 Data Exploration and Visualisation
  • FIT5196 Data Wrangling

He also teaches the following units on-campus:

  • FIT5086 Organisational Informatics
  • FIT5146 Data Curation and Management

Research interests

Michael's research covers the broad fields of computational linguistics, social informatics, persona studies through user modelling.

His current research projects include:

  • social media communication of minorities, looking at social media behaviour of ethnic or other communities when discussing issues of interest
  • social media communication of political communities, studying how politicians and other political figureheads interact with online communities through social media
  • experts and communities, examining social media communities and the behaviour of and towards significant figures within the community

He is interested in disabled communities and their use of ICT for communication.

Education/Academic qualification

Computational Linguistics, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Computer Science & Mathematics, BSc, The University of Melbourne

Linguistics, BA(Hons), The University of Melbourne

External positions

Research Fellow in Digital Media Informatics, Deakin University

1 Jul 201731 Dec 2018

Data Analysis Tools Developer, Deakin University

1 May 201530 Jun 2017

Data Analysis Tools Developer, Swinburne University of Technology

1 Apr 2015 → …


  • Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Social Media
  • Information Science/Systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Social Informatics
  • Data Science

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Research Output 1998 2019

Interpreting the elements of personas in social media behaviour

Niemann, M., Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access

Representation of news related to culturally diverse population in Australian media

Rodrigues, U. M., Niemann, M. & Paradies, Y., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journalism. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Social media as a platform for incessant political communication: a case study of modi's "Clean India" campaign

Rodrigues, U. M. & Niemann, M., 2017, In : International Journal of Communication. 11, p. 3431-3453 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Finding expertise using online community dialogue and the Duality of Expertise

Niemann, M., 2014, Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2014 - Proceedings of the Workshop: 26 - 28th of November, 2014 RMIT Melbourne, Australia. Ferraro, G. & Wan, S. (eds.). Australia: Australian Language Technology Association (ALTA), Vol. 12. p. 69-78 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearch

Open Access

Interpreting two-utterance requests in a spoken dialogue system

Zukerman, I., Makalic, E. & Niemann, M. M., 2009, Proceedings of the 6th IJCAI Workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning in Practical Dialogue Systems. Jonsson, A., Alexandersson, J., Traum, D. & Zukerman, I. (eds.). Pasadena CA USA: AAAI Press, p. 19 - 27 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review