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...
August 07, 2017
The paper entitled "Influence of Personal Preferences on Link Dynamics in Social Networks," by Ashwin Bahulkar, Boleslaw Szymanski, Omar Lizardo, Nitesh Chawla, and Kevin Chan has been accepted for publication in Complexity journal in vol. 2017 and it is available at the link below. The paper studies a unique network data set including periodic surveys and electronic logs of dyadic...
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...
June 17, 2017
The US Patent Number 9,655,564 titled Use of machine learning for classification of magneto cardiograms was granted on May 23, 2017 to investors Dr. Karsten Sternickel of Germany, Prof. Mark Embrechts of RPI and Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski of NeST, RPI.  The patent discloses a method for the use of machine learning for pattern recognition in magnetocardiography (MCG) that...
June 07, 2017
Dr. Panagiotis Karampourniotis, Research Assistant in the Center, advised by Prof. Gyorgy Korniss and Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski, defended his Ph.D. thesis in Physics titled "The Impact of Heterogeneity in Thresholds of Opinion Dynamics and in Crowd Decision-Making". In the thesis, Dr. Karampourniotis analyzed how recent global events and their poor predictability are often...
June 05, 2017
On Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented  the keynote entitled "Large Scale Community Detection in Social and Bio-Medical Networks" at the IEEE Parallel and Distributed Processing for Computational Social Systems (ParSocial 2017), part of the IPDPS2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida. The keynote focused on challenges of parallelization of community...
June 04, 2017
The paper entitled "Information Cascades in Feed-based Networks of Users with Limited Attention," by Sameet Sreenivasan, Kevin S. Chan, Ananthram Swami, Gyorgy Korniss, and Boleslaw Szymanski was published by the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, 4(2):120-128. The paper focuses on a model of information cascades on feed-based networks, taking into account the...
June 03, 2017
On Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Xiauyan Lu presented a paper entitled "Predicting Viral News Events in Online Media" authored by himself and Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski at the IEEE Parallel and Distributed Processing for Computational Social Systems (ParSocial 2017), and published in Proc. IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops, Orlando, Florida, pp....
May 22, 2017
During the 211th Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduation Ceremony the following students supported by the Center received graduate degrees: • Dr. Herbert Holzbauer (December, 2016), Ph.D. in Computer Science, advisor Prof. Boleslaw K. Szymanski, thesis title: "How Embedding of Social Ties in Space Impacts Human Behavior," Dr. Holzbauer joined the The Department of Computer...