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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SCNARC Professors Lead Workshops at International Conference on Statistical Physics in Greece

Jul. 15, 2014: On July 7-11, 2014, Professors Gyorgy Korniss, Chjan Lim and Boleslaw Szymanski organized and led the workshop on Sociophysics at the International Conference on Statistical Physics, SigmaPsi, Rhodos, Greece. The organizers also presented invited talks at the conference. More information see (more)

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Professor Boleslaw Szymanski presents at BRICS Countries Congress, Brazil

Sep. 10, 2013: On September 10, 2013 Professor Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Influence Spreading and Opinion Dynamics in Social Networks" a the BRICS Countries Congress (BRICS-CCI), Recify, Brazil. For more information, (more)

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The British/Australian Website, "The Conversation" publishes Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski's brief

Jul. 30, 2013: The British/Australian website, The Conversation, published Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski's brief about his collaborative work with the UCSB team on a genotype model of Twitter users.  The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.  The professional editorial team works with universities, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.  They aim at allowing for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. (more)

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New Article Featured at MIT Technology Review

Jul. 11, 2013: The article by Petko Bogdanov, Michael Busch, Jeff Moehlis, Ambuj K. Singh of the University of California Santa Barbara and the Center Director, Boleslaw K. Szymanski on the Social Media Genome: Modeling Individual Topic-Specific Behavior in Social Media (see http: has been featured recently at MIT Technology Review, see (more)

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SCNARC researcher Sibel Adali has published a new book titled "Modeling Trust Context in Networks" in the Springer Briefs series

May. 28, 2013: SCNARC researcher Sibel Adali has published a new book titled "Modeling Trust Context in Networks" in the Springer Briefs series. An often used statement in trust is that it depends on context. This is meant to describe that how much an entity may trust another depends on external conditions, i.e. the context. (more)

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Boleslaw Szymanski and Ananthram Swami Elected to IEEE Steering Committee of Journal

Mar. 26, 2013: IEEE approved a new Transactions on Network Science and Engineering to be published starting in 2014. SCNARC Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski and the ARL Lead for IRC, Dr. Ananthram Swami have been elected to the Steering Committee of the journal. (more)

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SCNARC Community Detection Algorithm featured on Atelier

Mar. 19, 2013: Atelier, a French website devoted to informing a broad audience on technological innovations important for industries, published an article about the SCNARC community detection algorithm authored by Jierui Xie and Boleslaw Szymanski. The original site in French can be found here, and it's edited Google translation in English here. (more)

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SCNARC Director Invited as Speaker at the Workshop on Complex Networks

Feb. 28, 2013: Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski, the Director of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at RPI, is an invited speaker at the 4th Workshop on Complex Networks in Berlin, Germany. His talk titled "Impact of Social Networks on Human Mobility and Consensus" will be presented on March 15, 2013. The abstract of this talk is available here. (more)

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The AAAS session with SCNARC speakers featured in The Economist

Feb. 25, 2013: The American Association for the Advancement for Science session with SCNARC speakers was featured in The Economist article that discusses the impact of this research on social sciences. The article is available here. (more)

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SCNARC members presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Feb. 20, 2013: SCNARC members presented at the American Association for Advancement of Science (publisher of Science Magazine) Annual Meeting on the Beauty and Benefits of Science. One of the invited symposiums, titled: "Predictability: From Physical to Data Sciences" was organized by Prof. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, and two of the six invited speakers are also member of SCNARC. Dr. Chaoming Song was speaking on Limits of Predictability in Human Mobility (research that currently contributes to task Q3), and Prof. (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.