Francesco D’Orazio is a researcher and product designer with a social science and digital media background. He specialises in futures research and in exploring the opportunities emerging at the intersection of social software, data science and audience behaviour.

Francesco has a PhD in Social Sciences and Digital Media (2004-2007) from Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’ and a fellowship at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where his research focused on Immersive Media, the evolution of Audiences and the rise of Social Software. Over the past ten years he has been running innovation programmes for tech startups, agencies and public organisations delivering a wide range of data-driven products and experiences for the social media, research, gaming and adtech industries.

Francesco is the Co-founder and Vice President of Product at audience intelligence firm Pulsar and Co-founder of the Visual Social Media Lab. His work focuses on designing systems and research frameworks that help analyze social data and extract insights from the web in real time using computational social science and data visualisation. Most of his research work on social data has been focusing on virality, social influence, content diffusion and audience insights.

Francesco is a regular speaker at research, innovation and technology conferences such as Big Data Week, Social Media Week, Strata, IIEX, WARC, MRS, Esomar. His work has been featured in the likes of BBC, Guardian, CNN, BuzzFeed, Mashable, Quartz, The Next Web – and on Commander Hadfield’s Twitter feed.