November 16, 2014

November 12-14. Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski participated in National Academies and Keck Foundation Future Research Conference on Collective Behavior in Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, CA. The organizers stated the following motivation for this by-invitation only meeting: "Many challenges of today’s world involve sociality. Sociality theories are present, not only in disciplines such as biology and sociology, but also in fields ranging from engineering to medicine. However, one of the major obstacles to advancing integrative thinking on social behavior has been a severe lack of communication across disciplines. Moreover, the isolation of disciplines has led to individualized terminology and often resulted in rediscoveries of the same phenomena. Therefore, it is critical not only to define the common
language and conceptual framework across different fields, but also to bring diverse expertise together to synthesize what is already there and to maximize efficiency and future discoveries." The meeting gathered over a hundred interdisciplinary experts in this area from around the world.

More information about the conference is available at http://www.keckfutures.org/conferences/collective-behavior/index.html

November 11, 2014
Mr. Ferenc Molnar successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS: APPLICATIONS TO POPULATION DYNAMICS AND NETWORKS". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Professors Gyorgy Korniss, Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI and the biologist Tom Caraco of SUNY Albany. His thesis is available at the following link http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~...
November 02, 2014
Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an Opening Keynote Talk titled Failure Dynamics in the Global Risk Network at the 29th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, Krakow, Poland, 27th October, 2014. For more information see: https://projekty.iitis.pl/keynote-talks
October 09, 2014
On September 22, 2014 Defense Threat Reduction Agency announced its success stories including Reducing Unintended Collateral Damage in Military Operations: Professors Gyorgy Kornis and Boleslaw Szymanski from NeST/SCNARC have developed techniques to show an anticipated outage as it cascades through large-scale infrastructure networks such as communications, supervisory control and...
October 09, 2014
On September 22, 2014, Mr. Tommy Nguyen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Proximity, Interactions, and Communities in Social Networks: Properties and Applications". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI.
October 09, 2014
Mr. Pramesh Singh successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Opinion Formation Models in Static and Dynamic Social Networks". His work has been supported by SCNARC and supervised by Professors Gyorgy Korniss and Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI. His thesis is available at the following link http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~szymansk/theses/singh14_v3.pdf
September 28, 2014
SCNARC and NeST will celebrate it's 5th anniversary on September 28, 2014 and will begin another five years of support from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Over the past five years SCNARC has been supported by over $10 million in grants from ARL and additional support was received from other agencies (ONR, DTRA, ARO, DARPA, IARPA, and NSF). The ARL has elected to exercise the...