Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center

The ARL Social Cognitive Network Academic Research Center (SCNARC) has been created and funded as a part of the US Army Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance together with three other centers focusing on different kind of networks. The funding of SCNARC comes predominantly from the US Army and the Army Research Laboratory plays the key role in guiding the research directions of NS CTA. The principal member of the Center is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while the remaining members are CUNY, IBM TJ Watson Research Laboratory, and Northeastern University. The Center includes also collaborators from the Army Research Laboratory, Indiana University, University of Maryland, MIT, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame and NYU. The Center will collaborate closely with other centers of the Network Science CTA.


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Professor James Hendler selected as 2011 AAAS Fellow

Jan. 10, 2012: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Professor James Hendler was selected as a 2011 Fellow for the American Association of Science (AAAS). Professor Hendler serves as the experimental coordinator of SCNARC.  He is also a senior constellation professor and the head of the Information Technology and Web Science program at RPI.  In addition to being awarded as an AAAS Fellow, Prof. Hendler is a fellow of IEEE and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski is Opening Session Speaker at the Future Internet Assembly

Oct. 26, 2011: Professor Boleslaw Szymanski was a plenary opening session speaker at the Future Internet Assembly in Poznan, Poland on October 25, 2011, together with Megan Richards, Director in Information Society and Media DG of European Commission and Johnathan Cave, RAND Europe.  Professor Szymanski's talk was on "Internet-enabled Social Transformation: Social Networks, Crowd-Sourcing and Opinion Formation." (more)

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Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Jul. 26, 2011: Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals. (more)

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SCNARC researcher Laszlo Barabasi awarded international prize for research

Jun. 22, 2011: Albert-László Barabási, a world-renowned network scientist at Northeastern University, has received the 2011 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for his body of research on complex networks in natural, technological and social systems. 

The prize, which includes a $71,800 cash award, is given by the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, in Turin, Italy.

“Winning the award was pleasantly surprising,” said Barabási, a Distinguished Professor of Physics with joint appointments in biology and the College of Computer and Information Science, and the founding director of Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR). (more)

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Article on "Controllability of Complex Networks" is featured on the cover of Nature

May. 16, 2011: Northeastern University researchers are offering a fascinating glimpse into how greater control of complex systems, such as cellular networks and social media, can be achieved by merging the tools of network science and control theory. (more)

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SCNARC researcher uses social media to predict personality types

May. 10, 2011: Users reveal a lot about themselves through their social media profiles. Within that, they also provide insights into their personality. In this study, SCNARC researcher Jen Golbeck asked users to take a standard personality test, gathered the public data available on their Facebook profile, and showed that with machine learning techniques it is possible predict their personality scores to within roughly 10%. (more)

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The Second Conference on Auctions, Market Mechanisms and Their Applications

Apr. 28, 2011: SCNARC is co-organizing a conference on market mechanisms. The conference seeks papers devoted to issues that arise in all stages of deploying a market mechanism to solve a problem. This includes, but is not limited to, theoretical and empirical examination of questions such as: (more)

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Rensselaer To Lead Multimillion-Dollar Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks

Oct. 23, 2009: With $16.75 million in funding from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Rensselaer will launch a new interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of social and cognitive networks. (more)

Feb. 09, 2017:
The paper entitled "Network analysis to support public health:  evolution of collaboration among leishmaniasis researchers, "Richardo B. Sampaio, Bruna P.F. Fonseca, Ashwin Bahulkar and Boleslaw K. Szymanski has been accepted for publication in Scientometrics, 23, 2017. ...
Feb. 03, 2017:
The paper entitled "The impact of variable commitment in the Naming Game on consensus formation," by  Xiang Niu, Casey Doyle, Gyorgy Korniss and Boleslaw K. Szymanski  has been published in Scientific Reports 7, 41750, 2017 doi: 10.1038/srep41750. The paper is available on...
Dec. 21, 2016:
Prof. Eyuphan Bulut of VCU and former member of SCNARC and Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski of SCNARC wrote a paper on Mobile Energy Sharing through Power Buddies that was accepted for presentation at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), March 19-22, 2017,...
Nov. 22, 2016:
Buster Holzbauer of Computer Science Department defended a Ph.D. thesis supervised by Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski and titled "How Embedding of Social Ties in Space Impacts Human Behavior".  The public defense took place on November 22, 2016.