March 22, 2017

The paper on
Quantifying patterns of research-interest evolution by Tao Jia, Dashun
Wang, and Boleslaw K. Szymanski was publisehd in Nature Human Behavior 1(4):0078,
2017. The authors perform a large-scale analysis of publication
records, and show that
changes in research interests follow a reproducible pattern
characterized by an exponential distribution. They identify three
fundamental features responsible for the observed exponential
distribution, which arise from a subtle interplay between exploitation
and exploration in research-interest evolution. They also develop a
random-walk-based model that accurately reproduces the empirical

February 27, 2017
On February 23, 2017, Dr. Piotr Brodka while visiting RPI within the RENOIR project ( presented a talk on “Current Challenges in the Area of Spreading Processes in Multilayer Networks”. The spreading processes in complex network and multilayer complex networks are among the fastest developing topics in modern network science. However, joining those two...
February 24, 2017
The authors study the tracking of lost objects through the collaboration among users. They analyze the visit patterns of users at the same locations and develop a metric that quantifies for each user the potential benefit of others in terms of their capability of finding that user’s lost objects. Depending on the predicted benefits, each user’s preference list of other users is...
February 09, 2017
On February 8, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a talk on "Social Networks and Influence through the Prism of Cognition" at the research seminar of the Department of Cognitive Sciences at RPI. Prof. Szymanski discussed ties in social networks that are often represented as unweighted solid lines. Yet, human social interactions are driven by temporary events such as meeting...
February 09, 2017
The present work focuses on tracking evolution of collaboration among researchers on leishmaniasis, a neglected disease associated with poverty. Our results show that network analysis metrics can bring evidence of evolution of collaboration between different research groups within a specific research area and that those areas have subnetworks that influence collaboration structures...
February 03, 2017
The paper is available on Scientific Report site and at The authors study the effect of making commitment variable has on the dynamics of the system. Committed nodes are assigned a commitment strength, w, defining their willingness to lose (in waning), gain (for increasing) or both (in variable) commitment to an opinion.
December 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, San Francisco, CA and publication in conference proceedings by IEEE Press.