November 10, 2017
Dr. Konstantin Kuzmin, Researcher in the Center, advised by Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski, defended today his Ph.D. thesis titled "New Approaches to Efficient Structural Analysis of Social and Biological Networks". Thesis first discusses the limitations of the multithreaded solution and propose a parallel community detection method which uses Message Passing Interface (MPI). This...
November 07, 2017
A paper on "Coevolution of a multilayer node-aligned network whose layers represent different social relations," by Ashwin Bahulkar, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Kevin Chen and Omar Lizardo has been published in Computational Social Networks, 4:11 2017. The paper examines the coevolution of three-layer node-aligned network of university students. The first layer is defined by nominations...
October 12, 2017
Chris Tachibana in a commentary titled "The scientific swerve: Changing your research focus" Science, October 6, 2017, discuccses two works of Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski on evolution of scientific careers. The first article titled "Quantifying patterns of research-interest evolution," by Tao Jia, Dashun Wang, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski and published in Nature Human Behavior 1(4):...
October 06, 2017
A paper on "Adaptive modularity maximization via edge weighting scheme," by Xiaoyn. Lu, Konstantin Kuzmin, Mingming Chen, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski has been published in Information Sciences,  424:55-68, 2017. The paper focuses on improving modularity maximization which is one of the state-of-the-art methods for community detection gaining popularity in the last decade. Yet it...
October 02, 2017
Konstantin Kuzmin, the Center's Ph.D. student, will be honored with Founders Award. He is advised by Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski and plans to graduate in November. The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a...
September 26, 2017
In a letter of August 28, the IEEE President, James A. Jeffeires, informed Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski that he has been selected for IEEE Life Membership by the IEEE Board of Directors and thus achieved a status of Life Fellow of IEEE in recognition of his sustained and lasting contributions to IEEE.
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...