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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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Keynote speaker at CINET Workshop

Aug. 11, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski is a Keynote speaker at the CINET Workshop held in parallel at Virginia Tech and SUNY Albany.  For more details see https://www.vbi.vt.edu/news-and-events/press-releases-view/call-for-participants-cinet-workshop (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Keynote speaker at Digital Ecosystems Conference at DELab, University of Warsaw, Poland

Jun. 29, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski was a keynote speaker at the Digital Ecosystems Conference at the University of Warsaw, Poland on June 29, 2015. This multidisciplinary conference had three diverse Keynotes. A political scientist, prof. Luciano Floridi from Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford talked about the new morphology of power, focusing on social control and power in the world of digitalization. A computer scientist, prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski from Social Cognitive Networks Center, RPI, Troy, NY, USA talked about dynamics of spread of opinions in social networks using two models for social contagion. Finally, a philosopher, prof. (more)

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Dr. Szymanski (RPI) leads study on Model Global Risk Across Multiple Systems that is published in Scientific Reports and in the online access journal, Nature, June 18, 2015

Jun. 18, 2015: Using data from the World Economic Forum annual assessment of global risks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a computational quantitative model of global risk network dynamics.  The research was published in Scientific Reports on June 18, 2015, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature.  The discussion of the results is available at: (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Invited speaker at Granada Seminar

Jun. 15, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited speaker at the 25th Anniversary Granada Seminar from June 15 - 19, 2015, with Dr. Szymanski's talk being presented on June 15, 2015  Physics Meets the Social Sciences: Emergent Cooperative phenomena, from bacterial to human group behavior and talk about Spread of Opinions in Social Networks, the Role of Neutrals.  For more details see http://ergodic.ugr.es/cp/ (more)

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Ph.D Students Win Big

Jun. 01, 2015: Ph.D student, Ashwin Bahulkar, won the IBM International Internship for Summer 2015 and will stay from June to August 2015 at the IBM Research Laboratory in Bangalore, India. (more)

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Sibel Adali Gives Talk on the Nature of Trust

May. 01, 2015: Sibel Adali, professor in the Department of Computer Science, gave an invited talk on May 1-2, 2015 at an invite-only seminar conference, organized by the Social Epistemology group at the Philosophy Department in Northwestern University on the "Nature of Trust". As one of the seven invited talks that made up this conference, Adali’s talk titled "Trust in Socio-Technological Networks: Why Context Matters" concentrated on the how the different situational considerations determine to which degree a person will rely on the competence or the trustworthiness of the sources and the credibility of information in trust decisions. (more)

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Professor Boleslaw Szymanski participates in National Academies and Keck Foundation Future Research Conference

Nov. 16, 2014: November 12-14. Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski participated in National Academies and Keck Foundation Future Research Conference on Collective Behavior in Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, CA. The organizers stated the following motivation for this by-invitation only meeting: "Many challenges of today’s world involve sociality. Sociality theories are present, not only in disciplines such as biology and sociology, but also in fields ranging from engineering to medicine. However, one of the major obstacles to advancing integrative thinking on social behavior has been a severe lack of communication across disciplines. (more)

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Ferenc Molnar Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Nov. 11, 2014: Mr. Ferenc Molnar successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS: APPLICATIONS TO POPULATION DYNAMICS AND NETWORKS". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Professors Gyorgy Korniss, Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI and the biologist Tom Caraco of SUNY Albany. His thesis is available at the following link http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~szymansk/theses/molnar14_v2.pdf. After graduation in December, Dr. Molnar will join Prof. Motter of the Northwestern University as a postdoc. (more)

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Director of SCNARC is Keynote Speaker at International Symposium

Nov. 02, 2014: Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an Opening Keynote Talk titled Failure Dynamics in the Global Risk Network at the 29th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, Krakow, Poland, 27th October, 2014. For more information see: https://projekty.iitis.pl/keynote-talks (more)

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Announces Success Stories

Oct. 09, 2014: On September 22, 2014 Defense Threat Reduction Agency announced its success stories including Reducing Unintended Collateral Damage in Military Operations: Professors Gyorgy Kornis and Boleslaw Szymanski from NeST/SCNARC have developed techniques to show an anticipated outage as it cascades through large-scale infrastructure networks such as communications, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, or power generation and distribution systems. One research conclusion is that hardening individual components of such networks indiscriminately can actually lead to an overall decrease in the resilience of (more)