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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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)

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Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski, was recognized as author of the most journal publications among all ITA researchers since its inception

Sep. 17, 2015: At the Annual Fall Meeting on September 17, 2015, the Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski has been recognized by the ARL International Technology Alliance (ITA) as the author of the most journal publications among all ITA researchers since the ITA inception in May 2006. (more)

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Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski, presented a keynote at 11th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics

Sep. 07, 2015: Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Parallel Processing for Large Scale Community Detection in Social and Bio-Medical Networks" at the 11th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics, PPAM 2015 in Krakow, Poland, on September 7, 2015. More information available at http://ppam.pl/ (more)

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Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Network Analysis for Life-Sciences: Speakeasy and Synergy Project"

Aug. 27, 2015: Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Network Analysis for Life-Sciences: Speakeasy and Synergy Projects" based on collaboration of SCNARC with Rush University Medical School at the Colloquium on Analysis of Networks and Its Future Technologies, Fiocruz and University of Brasilia, Brazil, on August 27, 2015. The keynote benefited from contributions from Prof. Christopher Gaiteri (Rush University), Mingming Chen (SCNARC, RPI) and Konstantin Kuzmin (SCNARC, RPI). More information available at http://rescic.unb.br/menu-lateral/palestrantes-e-convidados (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Keynote speaker at CINET Workshop

Aug. 11, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski is a Keynote speaker at the CINET Workshop held in parallel at Virginia Tech and SUNY Albany.  For more details see https://www.vbi.vt.edu/news-and-events/press-releases-view/call-for-participants-cinet-workshop (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Keynote speaker at Digital Ecosystems Conference at DELab, University of Warsaw, Poland

Jun. 29, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski was a keynote speaker at the Digital Ecosystems Conference at the University of Warsaw, Poland on June 29, 2015. This multidisciplinary conference had three diverse Keynotes. A political scientist, prof. Luciano Floridi from Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford talked about the new morphology of power, focusing on social control and power in the world of digitalization. A computer scientist, prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski from Social Cognitive Networks Center, RPI, Troy, NY, USA talked about dynamics of spread of opinions in social networks using two models for social contagion. Finally, a philosopher, prof. (more)

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Dr. Szymanski (RPI) leads study on Model Global Risk Across Multiple Systems that is published in Scientific Reports and in the online access journal, Nature, June 18, 2015

Jun. 18, 2015: Using data from the World Economic Forum annual assessment of global risks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a computational quantitative model of global risk network dynamics.  The research was published in Scientific Reports on June 18, 2015, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature.  The discussion of the results is available at: (more)

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Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski Invited speaker at Granada Seminar

Jun. 15, 2015: Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited speaker at the 25th Anniversary Granada Seminar from June 15 - 19, 2015, with Dr. Szymanski's talk being presented on June 15, 2015  Physics Meets the Social Sciences: Emergent Cooperative phenomena, from bacterial to human group behavior and talk about Spread of Opinions in Social Networks, the Role of Neutrals.  For more details see http://ergodic.ugr.es/cp/ (more)

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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)