September 20, 2017
A paper on "Influence of Personal Preferences on Link Dynamics in Social Networks," by Ashwin Bahulkar, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Nitesh Chawla, Omar Lizardo and Kevin Chan was published in Complexity, 2017:4543563. The paper studies a unique network dataset including periodic surveys and electronic logs of dyadic contacts via smartphones. The participants were a sample of freshmen...
September 17, 2017
The paper entitled "Limits of Predictability of Cascading Overload Failures in Spatially-Embedded Networks with Distributed Flows," by Alaa Moussawi, Noemi Derzsy, Xin Lin, Boleslaw K. Szymanski & G. Korniss was published in Scientific Reports, vol. 7:11729 on September 15, 2017. Since cascading failures are a critical vulnerability of complex information or infrastructure...
September 12, 2017
Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski presented a keynote on “Challenges of Parallelizing Graph Algorithms for Network Science” at the 12th Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics Conference in Lublin, Poland. The talk discusses the challenges of designing parallel algorithms for network science and network analysis. The main challenge in creating the needed parallel solutions is the...
September 08, 2017
On September 5, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited talk entitled "Social Networks through the Prism of Cognition" for ICM and Warsaw University. the talk focuses on differences between how ties in social networks are represented (often as unweighted solid lines) and created (human social interactions are driven by temporary events such as meeting and talking to people,...
September 07, 2017
On September 6, 2017, Prof. Szymanski presented an invited talk on "Challenges of Parallel Processing for Network Science" at ICM, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling at Warsaw University in Poland. The talk focuses on the challenges of parallel processing for network science. The rapid growth of the volume of data collected from networks fuels...
August 25, 2017
Department of Homeland Security awarded recently DHS S&T Criminal Investigation and Network Analysis Center of Excellence (CINA), a $40 million 10-year grant with 20million for the lead organization, GMU, and 2million each to 10 partners. One of the partner grants funded by DHS was awarded to the proposal titled "Detecting and Disrupting Transnational Criminal Organizations"...
August 24, 2017
Professor Santo Fortunato​, Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University will present a joint colloquium of the NeST Center and Computer Science Department on Community Structure in Complex Networks at 4pm on August 31, 2017. Abstract: Complex systems typically display a modular structure, as modules are easier to assemble than the...
August 09, 2017
Kellogg Insight from Northwestern University published an article which discusses the Center paper entitled "Quantifying patterns of research-interest evolution," by T. Jia, D. Wang, and B. K. Szymanski, in Nature Human Behavior 1(4):0078, 2017. The article titled "How Innovators Choose Their Next Career Move" quotes the co-author of the Center paper, Dr. Wang, saying that our...
July 27, 2017
The paper entitled "Limits of Risk Predictability in a Cascading Alternating Renewal Process Model," by Xin Lin, Alaa Moussawi, Gyorgy Korniss, Jonathan Z. Bakdash, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski was published by Scientific Reports 7:6699, 2017. Most risk analysis models systematically underestimate the probability and impact of catastrophic events (e.g., economic crises, natural...
July 23, 2017
The authors: Jierui Xie, Jeffrey Emenheiser, Matthew Kirby, Sameet Sreenivasan, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, and Gyorgy Korniss of the article entitled: "Evolution of Opinions on Social Networks in the Presence of Competing Committed Groups," PLOS One 7(3):e33215 received the following message from the editors of the PLOS One journal:  Congratulations! Your article is among the top...
June 28, 2017
RPI researchers Boleslaw Szymanski (PI) and Gyorgy Korniss (co-PI) joined the team of UIUC researchers: Tarek Abdelzaher (PI), Jiawei Han (co-PI) and David Nicol (co-PI) in preparing a proposal titled SocialCube: A Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Framework for Social Streams. In June, this proposal has been selected for funding by the new DARPA program called Social Sim. The...
June 22, 2017
The paper entitled "The Effects of Communication Burstiness on Consensus Formation and Tipping Points in Social Dynamics,” by Casey Doyle, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, and Gyorgy Korniss was published by Physical Review E, 96:062303 (2017). Current models for opinion dynamics typically utilize a Poisson process for speaker selection, making the waiting time between events exponentially...
June 21, 2017
On June 20, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited talk “Co-evolution of social ties in multi-layer social networks” at Information, Self-Organizing Dynamics and Synchronization on Networks (ISODS III) NetSci Satellite Workshop in Indianapolis, IN. Social relations are often collected at different time frequencies and capture various interactions and perceptions which...
June 20, 2017
Today, Noemi Derzsy presented a talk “Chicago Crime and House Prices: From Analysis to Prediction” by Noemi Derzsy, Boleslaw Szymanski and Gyorgy Korniss at NetCrime NetSci Satellite Workshop in Indianapolis, IN. The computational tools and the unprecedented amount of real data available today increase interest in study and modeling criminal activities. Here, we propose to build an...
June 20, 2017
On June 19, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited talk on “Impact of Social Influence on Society Stability” at the Social Influence Satellite Workshop at the NetSci Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The talk uses the naming game committed minorities as a model for impact of opinion diversity on society evolution. Without ability to accept new ideas, the social system...