Juan Carlos Medina Serrano

Room: B.356

Telephone: 089/ 907 793 131

Email: juan.medina@tum.de

Website: http://political-dashboard.com






Juan Carlos Medina Serrano is a data scientist working at the Bavarian School for Public Policy of the Technical University of Munich. He was born in Mexico and studied Physics Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He later moved to Germany, where he obtained two Masters degrees: Computational Science and Data Engineering and Analytics. Juan Carlos has worked as a data scientist in companies like BMW, Bosch and Siemens. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD and his research involves the spread of misinformation in social media and its effects on the political landscape. He has participated in several radio interviews and in TV programmes, such as the Stream from Al Jazeera and Sat.1.


  • Medina Serrano, J.C., Shahrezaye, M., Papakyriakopoulos, O., Hegelich, S. (2019) "The Rise of Germany's AfD: A Social Media Analysis" Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Media and Society
  • Shahrezaye, M., Papakyriakopoulos, O., Medina Serrano, J.C., Hegelich, S. (2019) "Measuring the Ease of Communication in Bipartite Social Endorsement Networks: A Proxy to Study the Dynamics of Political Polarization" Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Media and Society
  • Papakyriakopoulos, O., Hegelich, S., Shahrezaye, M., Medina Serrano, J. C. (2019). Distorting Political Communication: The Effect Of Hyperactive Users In Online Social Networks. IEEE Infocom Workshops 2019
  • Papakyriakopoulos, O., Hegelich, S., Shahrezaye, M.,  Medina Serrano, J.C. (2018) "Social media and microtargeting: Political data processing and the consequences for Germany" Big Data & Society.
  • Medina Serrano, J.C., Hegelich, S., Shahrezaye, M., Papakyriakopoulos, O. (2018) "Social Media Report: The 2017 German Federal Elections" TUM University Press
  • Thieltges, A., Papakyriakopoulos, O., Medina Serrano, J.C., Hegelich, S. (2018) "Effects of Social Bots in the Iran-Debate on Twitter" arXiv:1805.10105
  • Papakyriakopoulos, O., Shahrezaye, M., Thieltges, A., Medina Serrano, J.C., Hegelich, S. (2017) “Social Media und Microtargeting in Deutschland” Informatik Spektrum 40: 327



  • "Online advertising in the 2019 European Election" (2019) ERGA Workshop, European Commision, Brussels
  • "Estimating the political orientation of Twitter users" (2019) AAAI 2019 Spring Symposium, Stanford University, Palo Alto (Best presentation award)
  • "Social media and populism" (2019) LSE 2019 Forum, London School of Economics, London
  • "The rise of the AfD: a social media analysis" (2018) The Internet, Policy & Politics Conference, Oxford University, Oxford
  • "Disinformation mechanisms in the 2017 German elections" (2018) Disinformation, Online Falsehoods and Fake News Workshop, Singapore
  • "Bots, trolls and social bots: The good, the bad and the ugly" (2018) EUPRIO, Sevilla  www.euprio.eu/speaker/juan-carlos-medina-serrano-germany/