Computational Communication Science Group

The Computational Communication Science Group is dedicated to the analysis of digital media content and communication processes as well as the associated changes for individuals and society.

The research group operates at the combination between communication science and computer science, following a strong interdisciplinary approach. The main research interest lies in the fields of (Cognitive) Biases in Digital Media and Social Consequences of Online Media Use.

In addition to traditional methods of communication science, computational methods will be applied, improved, and evaluated.


The Computational Communication Science Group primarily investigates the usage of digital media and its effects on individuals and society. In addition to classical communication science methods, the group focuses on the application and evaluation of computational approaches in communication studies.

Cognitive and Algorithmic Biases in Digital Media

Social Consequences of Online Media Use

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TU Ilmenau / Michael Reichel (ari)


We offer students a sound education in communication science with close reference to how computational methods can open up insights into topics in communication and social science. This includes theoretical and practical work on methodological and algorithmic challenges that arise in the analysis of digital data and e.g., social media. In doing so, we emphasize high-quality, internationally oriented teaching, including English-language courses and degree programs.


Schindler, M., & Domahidi, E. (2021). The growing field of interdisciplinary research on user comments: A computational scoping review. New Media & Society.

Domahidi, E., Merkt, M., Thiersch, C., Utz, S. & Schüler, A. (2021). You Want This Job? Influence and Interplay of Self-Generated Text and Picture Cues in Professional Networking Service Profiles on Expertise Evaluation. Media Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/15213269.2021.1927104

Dienlin, T., Johannes, N., Bowman, N. D., Masur, P. K., Engesser, S., ... Domahidi, E., Lewis, N. A., de Vreese, C. (in print).An agenda for open science in Communication. Journal of Communication.

Domahidi, E. & Iskenderova, A. (2020). Comments and videos on lie press accusations in YouTube. Lecture at the annual conference of the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (DGPuK). Munich, Germany.

Domahidi, E.; Yang, J.W., Niemann-Lenz, J., & Reinecke, L. (2019). Computational Communication Science | Outlining the Way Ahead in Computational Communication Science: An Introduction to the IJoC Special Section on "Computational Methods for Communication Science: Toward a Strategic Roadmap". International Journal of Communication 13 (2019), 3876-3884

Iskenderova, A., & Domahidi, E. (2019). Bias in Algorithms and Algorithmic Filtering in Online Media: Systematic Review. Lecture at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Washington DC, USA, May 24-28, 2019.

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