November 11, 2015
Mingming Chen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled: DISCOVERING COMMUNITY STRUCTURE BY OPTIMIZING COMMUNITY QUALITY METRICS (advisor Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski).
November 09, 2015
On October 2nd, a broad collaborative paper with life scientists on "Identifying robust communities and multi-community nodes by combining topdown and bottom-up approaches to clustering" by Mingming Chen, Boleslaw Szymanski, Konstantin Kuzmin, Jierui Xie of NeST, Chris Gaiteri, Changkyu Lee, Timothy Blanche, Elias Chaibub Neto, Su-Chun Huang, Thomas Grabowski, Tara Madhyastha and...
November 06, 2015
Heng Ji, a PI in IPAN Thrust of NS CTA, and member of the NeST Center at RPI and her team have won the first prize on all the tracks that they have participated in 2015, which were (i) Entity Discovery and Linking, (ii) Event Nugget Detection, (iii) Event Coreference Resolution and (iv) Slot Filling Validation Filtering. More than 40 teams from the world joined the competition,...
November 04, 2015
A paper on Social consensus and tipping points with opinion inertia by C. Doyle, S. Sreenivasan, B. K. Szymanski, and G. Korniss, appeared on line in Physica A 443 February 2016, pp. 316-323.
November 04, 2015
A perspective on "How to Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?", co-authored by Boleslaw Szymanski has been published in Collective Behavior, From Cells to Societies, Chapter 7, NAKFI Conference, 2014, by the National Academies Press, October, 2015.
November 03, 2015
James A. Hendler, a PI in IPAN and QoI Thrusts of NS CTA, and member of the NeST Center at RPI has been appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC). The HSSTAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology on...
October 21, 2015
NeST Center, together with Stanford University and Singapore Nanyang Technological University were selected by the European Union as world class partners for the Renoir Project which funds a consortium of European universities to build excellence in information dynamics. The aim of the project is to treat the vast complexity of such information dynamics in social systems by...
October 19, 2015
On October 19, 2015 the Center Director, Prof. Szymanski moderated a panel at the The First International Workshop on Social Sensing at the 12th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems, held in Dallas, TX, USA. The panel addressed the following challenges/questions: (i) what are the basic social and cognitive challenges in Social Sensing, (ii) in what way...
October 19, 2015
Social sensing has emerged as a new paradigm for collecting sensory measurements by means of "crowd-sourcing" sensory data collection tasks to a human population. Humans can act as sensor carriers (e.g., carrying GPS devices that share location data), sensor operators (e.g., taking pictures with smart phones), or as sensors themselves (e.g., sharing their observations on Twitter)....
September 16, 2015
At the Annual Fall Meeting on September 17, 2015, the Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski has been recognized by the ARL International Technology Alliance (ITA) as the author of the most journal publications among all ITA researchers since the ITA inception in May 2006.
September 06, 2015
Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Parallel Processing for Large Scale Community Detection in Social and Bio-Medical Networks" at the 11th International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics, PPAM 2015 in Krakow, Poland, on September 7, 2015. More information available at
August 27, 2015
Center Director, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented a keynote on "Network Analysis for Life-Sciences: Speakeasy and Synergy Projects" based on collaboration of SCNARC with Rush University Medical School at the Colloquium on Analysis of Networks and Its Future Technologies, Fiocruz and University of Brasilia, Brazil, on August 27, 2015. The keynote benefited from contributions from...
August 11, 2015
Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski is a Keynote speaker at the CINET Workshop held in parallel at Virginia Tech and SUNY Albany.  For more details see
June 29, 2015
Dr. Boleslaw Szymanski was a keynote speaker at the Digital Ecosystems Conference at the University of Warsaw, Poland on June 29, 2015. This multidisciplinary conference had three diverse Keynotes. A political scientist, prof. Luciano Floridi from Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford talked about the new morphology of power, focusing on social control and power in the...
June 18, 2015
Using data from the World Economic Forum annual assessment of global risks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a computational quantitative model of global risk network dynamics.  The research was published in Scientific Reports on June 18, 2015, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature.  The discussion of the results...