• Data Science and Engineering, Data Mining of Socio-Technical Systems, Big Data Analytics

Research Interests

  • Nowcasting and Forecasting, Online Clandestine Trade, Computational Propaganda and Misinformation, Applied Machine Learning
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Christian M. Alis, PhD

Assistant Professor
Senior Data Scientist, ACCeSs@AIM


  • PhD in Physics, University of the Philippines
  • MS in Physics, University of the Philippines
  • BS in Applied Physics (magna cum laude), University of the Philippines

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Senior Data Engineer, Thinking Machines Data Science
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London
  • Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Instructor, University of the Philippines Diliman


  • DOST ASTHRDP Graduate Scholar
  • Recipient, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Young Scientists/Technologists 2007
  • Magna cum laude, BS Applied Physics
  • Best in Thesis, BS Applied Physics
  • DOST-SEI RA7687 Undergraduate Scholar


  • C. Alis, J. Boehm, K. Liu, “Parallel processing of big point clouds using Z-order-based partitioning”, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B2, 71-77, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B2-71-2016, 2016.
  • K. Liu, J. Boehm, C. Alis, “Change detection of mobile LIDAR data using cloud computing”, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B3, 309-313, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B3-309-2016, 2016.
  • J. Boehm, K. Liu, C. Alis, “Sideloading – Ingestion of large point clouds into the Apache Spark big data engine”, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B2, 343-348, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B2-343-2016, 2016.
  • C. Alis, A. Letchford, H. S. Moat, and T. Preis, “Estimating tourism statistics with Wikipedia page views”, in WebSci ’15: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Web Science, 2015. D. Barchiesi, H. S. Moat, C. Alis, S. Bishop, and T. Preis, “Quantifying International Travel Flows Using Flickr”, PLoS ONE, 10(7):e0128470, 2015.
  • C. M. Alis, M. T. Lim, H. S. Moat, D. Barchiesi, T. Preis, and S. R. Bishop, “Quantifying Regional Differences in the Length of Twitter Messages”, PLoS ONE, 10( 4):e0122278, 2015. C. M. Alis and M. T. Lim, “Spatio-temporal Variation of Conversational Utterances on Twitter”, PLOS ONE, 8(10):e77793, 2013.
  • C. M. Alis and M. T. Lim, “Adaptation of fictional and online conversations to communication media”, European Physical Journal B, 85(12), 2012.
  • C. Alis, C. del Rosario, Jr., B. Buenaobra, and C.M. Blanca, “Lifelink: 3G-Based Mobile Telemedicine System”, Telemedicine and e-Health, 15(3): 241-247, 2009.

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