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. Pentland's team at MIT wins 2 categories at South by Southwest and Best Paper at SBP 2012

Mar. 16, 2012: Dr. Pentland's team at MIT won 2 out of 7 categories at South by Southwest for best real-world systems in the categories of News (social context in information diffusion) and in Health (continuous population monitoring.) South by Southwest is currently the world's leading place for startups and .orgs to compete, and the event brings more than 25,000 attendees and 670 competitors. More about this achievement can be read here. (more)

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Task S2.2 research under Korniss, Szymanski, and Lim continues to attract media attention

Jan. 18, 2012: The research on tipping points in social networks done in task S2.2 under Korniss, Szymanski, and Lim continues to attract attention from the media.  Forbe's online issue features an article titled "The Winning Attitude Tipping Point" by Holly Green.  This article shows the relevance of this research to leadership within the social network of an organization by using our results as the underpinning for developing winning attitudes within an organization. (more)

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Laszlo Barabasi and Boleslaw Szymanski to present at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Jan. 17, 2012: Members of SCNARC Laszlo Barabasi and Boleslaw Szymanski, together with Scott Page from University of Michigan, will present at the invited seminar on Human Dynamics at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 26th, 2012. In addition, Laszlo Barabasi, Alex Pentland, and Boleslaw Szymanski will present at several Ideas Laboratory Sessions at the Faculty Forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 24-29th, 2012. More about the meeting can be found here. (more)

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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)