February 03, 2018
The paper entitled "The Age of Social Sensing," Dong Wang, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, Tarek Abdelzaher, Heng Ji, and Lance Kaplan has been accepted for publication by IEEE Computer. The authors claim that online social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, democratized information broadcast, allowing anyone to share information about themselves and their surroundings at an...
January 30, 2018
Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a talk in the 3rd Annual Network Science Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series hosted by Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston MA. The talk entitled "Failures, Dynamics, Evolution and Control of the Global Risk Network" was based on research that involved several Center's scientists including Xin Lin, Xiang Niu, Noemi...
December 08, 2017
A paper entitled "The Investigation of Social Media Data Thresholds for Opinion Formation," by Asher, D., Caylor, J., Mittrick, M., Richardson, J., Heilman E., Bowman, E, Korniss, G., Szymanski, B. has been published in Proc. 22nd International Command and Control Research & Technology Symposium, ICCRTS, Nov. 6-8, Los Angeles, CA, paper 27. The pervasive use of social media has...
December 08, 2017
A paper titled "Multilayer MANET Routing with Social-Cognitive Learning," by Yalin E. Sagduyu, Yi Shi, Tugba Erpek, Sohraab Soltani, Sharon J. Mackey, Derya H. Cansever, Mitesh P. Patel, Bart F. Panettieri, Boleslaw K. Szymanski, and Guohong Cao has been presented and published in Proc. International Conference on Military Communication, Milcom 2017. Baltimore, MD, October 23-25,...
December 08, 2017
A paper titled "Evolution of the Global Risk Network Mean-Field Stability Point," by Xiang Niu, Alaa Mousawi, Noemi Derzsy, Xin Lin, Gyorgy Korniss and Boleslaw K. Szymanski has been presented at the conference and published in Proc. 6th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications, Complex Networks, Lyon, France Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017, Studies in Artificial...
December 08, 2017
A paper titled "Building Client’s Risk Profile Based on Call Detail Records" by Data collected from mobile phones can be used to uncover underlying social network dynamics and individual's behavioral patterns. Based on a Call Details Records dataset, we build a weighted, directed network and analyze it's properties. In addition to node-level network measures we extract an extensive...
December 08, 2017
Joint Colloquium: The NeST Center and Computer Science on Finding Sources in Spreading Processes was given by Prof. Krzysztof Suchecki of Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, on Nov 14, 2017. The phenomenon of spreading is very broad: it can mean spreading of electromagnetic waves, wind-blown seeds, diseases or information. Spreading can also happen in various environments,...
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...