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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Graduate student, Konstantin Kuzmin, was a member of the Program Committee for NetSci X 2016, which selected the program for the conference

Nov. 18, 2015: Graduate student, Konstantin Kuzmin, was a member of the Program Committee for NetSci X 2016, which selected the program for the conference. (more)

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Mingming Chen successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis titled: DISCOVERING COMMUNITY STRUCTURE BY OPTIMIZING COMMUNITY QUALITY METRICS

Nov. 11, 2015: Mingming Chen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled: DISCOVERING COMMUNITY STRUCTURE BY OPTIMIZING COMMUNITY QUALITY METRICS (advisor Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski). (more)

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Broad collaborative paper with life scientists on "Identifying robust communities and multi-community nodes by combining topdown and bottom-up approaches to clustering" was accepted for publication

Nov. 09, 2015: On October 2nd, a broad collaborative paper with life scientists on "Identifying robust communities and multi-community nodes by combining topdown and bottom-up approaches to clustering" by Mingming Chen, Boleslaw Szymanski, Konstantin Kuzmin, Jierui Xie of NeST, Chris Gaiteri, Changkyu Lee, Timothy Blanche, Elias Chaibub Neto, Su-Chun Huang, Thomas Grabowski, Tara Madhyastha and Vitalina Komashko, researchers from Rush University Medical School, Allen Institute, Sage Bionetworks, and University of Washington was accepted for publication in Nature Scientific Reports, and will appear on November 9, 2015. http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~szymansk/papers/speakeasy.pdf (more)

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Heng Ji and her team have won First Prize on all the tracks that they have participated in 2015

Nov. 06, 2015: Heng Ji, a PI in IPAN Thrust of NS CTA, and member of the NeST Center at RPI and her team have won the first prize on all the tracks that they have participated in 2015, which were (i) Entity Discovery and Linking, (ii) Event Nugget Detection, (iii) Event Coreference Resolution and (iv) Slot Filling Validation Filtering. More than 40 teams from the world joined the competition, including the top universities, such as CMU, UIUC and University of Washington, and research institutes, such as IBM, MSR and BBN. (more)

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A paper on Social consensus and tipping points with opinion inertia by C. Doyle, S. Sreenivasan, B. K. Szymanski, and G. Korniss, appeared on line in Physica A 443 February 2016, pp. 316-323.

Nov. 04, 2015: A paper on Social consensus and tipping points with opinion inertia by C. Doyle, S. Sreenivasan, B. K. Szymanski, and G. Korniss, appeared on line in Physica A 443 February 2016, pp. 316-323. http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~szymansk/papers/dssk2014_v9.pdf (more)

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A perspective on "How to Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?", co-authored by Boleslaw Szymanski has been published in Collective Behavior, From Cells to Societies

Nov. 04, 2015: A perspective on "How to Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?", co-authored by Boleslaw Szymanski has been published in Collective Behavior, From Cells to Societies, Chapter 7, NAKFI Conference, 2014, by the National Academies Press, October, 2015. (more)

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James A. Hendler has been appointed to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC)

Nov. 03, 2015: James A. Hendler, a PI in IPAN and QoI Thrusts of NS CTA, and member of the NeST Center at RPI has been appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC). The HSSTAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology on matters related to the expansion of technological capabilities across the homeland security enterprise. More information is available at - http://www.newswise.com/articles/dhs-announces-appointment-of-new-member... (more)

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NeST Center, together with Stanford University and Singapore Nanyang Technological University were selected by the European Union as world class partners for the Renoir Project

Oct. 21, 2015: NeST Center, together with Stanford University and Singapore Nanyang Technological University were selected by the European Union as world class partners for the Renoir Project which funds a consortium of European universities to build excellence in information dynamics. The aim of the project is to treat the vast complexity of such information dynamics in social systems by involving researchers in social sciences, journalism, computing, data mining and complexity science. The Project’s objectives are: - discovery and reverse-engineering the mechanisms of information spreading in social media, such as dynamics of news releases, blog and internet for posts, Twitter messages, e-mails etc., - training and exchange of knowledge between partners in different domains. (more)

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Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski moderated a panel at the First International Workshop on Social Sensing at the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems in Dallas, TX

Oct. 19, 2015: On October 19, 2015 the Center Director, Prof. Szymanski moderated a panel at the The First International Workshop on Social Sensing at the 12th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems, held in Dallas, TX, USA. The panel addressed the following challenges/questions: (i) what are the basic social and cognitive challenges in Social Sensing, (ii) in what way are cognitive and social challenges and sensing challenges intertwined in the context of social sensing, or are they perfectly separable?, (iii) what kind of experimentation (passive collection of the data from ongoing activities, humans playing virtual reality games, human-in-the-loop real-life experiments) data sets are crucial to move the Social Sensing forward? (more)

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Boleslaw Szymanski is the General Chair of the First International Workshop on Social Sensing (SocialSens 2015) to be held in Dallas, TX on October 19, 2015

Oct. 19, 2015: Social sensing has emerged as a new paradigm for collecting sensory measurements by means of "crowd-sourcing" sensory data collection tasks to a human population. Humans can act as sensor carriers (e.g., carrying GPS devices that share location data), sensor operators (e.g., taking pictures with smart phones), or as sensors themselves (e.g., sharing their observations on Twitter). The proliferation of sensors in the possession of the average individual, together with the popularity of social networks that allow massive information dissemination, heralds an era of social sensing that brings about new research challenges and opportunities in this emerging field. (more)