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

January 10, 2012
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Professor James Hendler was selected as a 2011 Fellow for the American Association of Science (AAAS). Professor Hendler serves as the experimental coordinator of SCNARC.  He is also a senior constellation professor and the head of the Information Technology and Web Science program at RPI.  In addition to being awarded as an AAAS...
October 26, 2011
Professor Boleslaw Szymanski was a plenary opening session speaker at the Future Internet Assembly in Poznan, Poland on October 25, 2011, together with Megan Richards, Director in Information Society and Media DG of European Commission and Johnathan Cave, RAND Europe.  Professor Szymanski's talk was on "Internet-enabled Social Transformation: Social Networks, Crowd-Sourcing...
July 26, 2011
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point...
June 22, 2011
Albert-László Barabási, a world-renowned network scientist at Northeastern University, has received the 2011 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for his body of research on complex networks in natural, technological and social systems. 

The prize, which includes a $71,800 cash award, is given by the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, in Turin, Italy.

“Winning the award...
May 16, 2011
Northeastern University researchers are offering a fascinating glimpse into how greater control of complex systems, such as cellular networks and social media, can be achieved by merging the tools of network science and control theory. Albert-László Barabási and Yang-Yu Liu coauthored a paper on the research findings, featured as the cover story in the May 12 issue of the journal...
May 10, 2011
Users reveal a lot about themselves through their social media profiles. Within that, they also provide insights into their personality. In this study, SCNARC researcher Jen Golbeck asked users to take a standard personality test, gathered the public data available on their Facebook profile, and showed that with machine learning techniques it is possible ...