About me

My name is Pascal Jürgens, and I'm a pioneering computational social scientist, specializing in data collection, the analysis of macro-structural phenomena (especially networks and time series), political communication and technological influences on human behavior.

At the moment, I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication at U of Mainz (Germany). This spring, I was a visiting researcher at IKMZ at U of Zürich (Switzerland). I'll be a visiting professor at IfKWU, U of Jena (Germany) starting Fall 2021.

Current research
I'm currently particularly excited about

  • causal models of societal disintegration
  • high-resolution temporal data collection
  • simulations of network dynamics
  • deep learning for image and video analysis
  • computational social science curricula

For the past ten years, I've worked intensely on developing and evaluating computational methods for social science research. An important focus is data collection and sampling in digital public spaces. I've developed custom data collection tools and analytical instruments for

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Telegram
  • TV broadcasts
  • web crawls
  • search engines
  • mobile tracking (to measure browsing at the device)
  • and others

I'm always happy to talk — if you have an idea for collaboration, are interested in my research and/or methods, get in touch!