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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Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski is an invited speaker at the 12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PARALLEL PROCESSING AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS to be held on September 10-13 in Lublin, Poland.

Feb. 27, 2017: The PPAM 2017 conference, twelfth in a series, will cover topics in parallel and distributed computing, including theory and applications, as well as applied mathematics. (more)

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Dr. Piotr Brodka presented a talk on “Current Challenges in the Area of Spreading Processes in Multilayer Networks”

Feb. 27, 2017: On February 23, 2017, Dr. Piotr Brodka while visiting RPI within the RENOIR project (http://renoirproject.eu/) presented a talk on “Current Challenges in the Area of Spreading Processes in Multilayer Networks”. The spreading processes in complex network and multilayer complex networks are among the fastest developing topics in modern network science. (more)

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A paper on "Identifying Spatial Buddies to Track Lost Items" by Eyuphan Bulut and Boleslaw K. Szymanski has been accepted for 2017 Workshop on SocialSens

Feb. 24, 2017: The authors study the tracking of lost objects through the collaboration among users. They analyze the visit patterns of users at the same locations and develop a metric that quantifies for each user the potential benefit of others in terms of their capability of finding that user’s lost objects. (more)

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Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a talk on "Social Networks and Influence through the Prism of Cognition" at the seminar at the Department of Cognitive Sciences at RPI.

Feb. 09, 2017: On February 8, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a talk on "Social Networks and Influence through the Prism of Cognition" at the research seminar of the Department of Cognitive Sciences at RPI. Prof. Szymanski discussed ties in social networks that are often represented as unweighted solid lines. (more)

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The paper on "Network analysis to support public health: evolution of collaboration among leishmaniasis researchers," by Ricardo B. Sampaio, Bruna P.F. Fonseca, Ashwin Bahulkar, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski has been accepted to Scientometrics, vol. 23, 2017.

Feb. 09, 2017: The present work focuses on tracking evolution of collaboration among researchers on leishmaniasis, a neglected disease associated with poverty. Our results show that network analysis metrics can bring evidence of evolution of collaboration between different research groups within a specific research area and that those areas have subnetworks that influence collaboration structures and focus. (more)

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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

Feb. 03, 2017: The paper is available on Scientific Report site and at http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~szymansk/papers/srep41750.pdf. The authors study the effect of making commitment variable has on the dynamics of the system. Committed nodes are assigned a commitment strength, w, defining their willingness to lose (in waning), gain (for increasing) or both (in variable) commitment to an opinion. (more)

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Full-time tenure-track faculty position in computational network science

Nov. 17, 2016: The Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of network science defined broadly as the study of general network processes and network structure. More details at the link below... (more)

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A seminar on Information Diffusion On and Off Line, presented by Dr. Bruno Goncalves of New York University.

Nov. 17, 2016: Dr. Bruno Goncalves of New York University presented a SCNARC seminar titled "Information Diffusion On and Off Line" on October 20, 2016. (more)

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A seminar on Cross-lingual World Events presented by Prof. Dunja Mladeva and Dr. Gregor Leban, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Nov. 17, 2016: Prof. Dunja Mladena and Dr. Gregor Leban of Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana Slovenia, presented a SCNARC seminar titled "Cross-lingual World Events" on October 4, 2016. Prof. Mladena visited SCNARC with a group of scientists from her Laboratory at Jozef Stefan Institute and Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. The visit was a part of international collaborative EU Grant, Renoir. (more)