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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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 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: (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)

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Tommy Nguyen Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Oct. 09, 2014: On September 22, 2014, Mr. Tommy Nguyen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Proximity, Interactions, and Communities in Social Networks: Properties and Applications". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI. (more)

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Pramesh Singh Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Oct. 09, 2014: Mr. Pramesh Singh successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Opinion Formation Models in Static and Dynamic Social Networks". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Professors Gyorgy Korniss and Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI. His thesis is available at the following link (more)

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NeST/SCNARC Celebrates Five Years, Begins Next Five Years of Support

Sep. 28, 2014: SCNARC and NeST will celebrate it's 5th anniversary on September 28, 2014 and will begin another five years of support from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Over the past five years SCNARC has been supported by over $10 million in grants from ARL and additional support was received from other agencies (ONR, DTRA, ARO, DARPA, IARPA, and NSF). The ARL has elected to exercise the next five year option for SCNARC; on September 28 the center will receive an approved amount of over $4 million for the next two years of which over $2.2 million will support research at Rensselaer. The Rensselaer SCNARC faculty includes Sibel Adali, Jim Hendler, Heng Ji, Gyorgy Korniss, Malik Magdon Ismail, and Boleslaw Szymanski from the School of Science as well as Al Wallace from the School of Engineering. (more)

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Professor Boleslaw Szymanski moderates panel in China

Aug. 14, 2014: On August 18, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski moderated a plenary panel on "Influence in social networking and its effective analysis and mining in the era of electronic communication" with  panelists:Garry Robins, University of Melbourne, Australia, Jiabin Zhao, CISCO Inc, USA, Przemysław Kazienko, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland, and Xindong Wu, The University of Vermont, USA and Hefei University of Technology, China. More information see (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.