Chairs

Noshir Contractor
Northwestern University
Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, Communication Studies
Director, Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communications and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research center and holds a PhD from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (Chennai).

Brian Uzzi
Northwestern University
Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, Kellogg School of Management
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)
Faculty Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College

Brian Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and Data Science, is Director of the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI), and is professor of Sociology and of Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the McCormick School of Engineering. His research on social networks and human achievement has appeared in Nature, Science, PNAS, Harvard Business Review, and leading sociology, management, and computer science journals and proceedings. He is also the author of three books, including: Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. (National Academy of Sciences 2015). Brian has a PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University and an MS in Organizational Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Duncan Watts
Microsoft
Principal Researcher

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group . He has also served on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is currently a visiting fellow at Columbia University and at Nuffield College, Oxford.

His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011)

He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. He lives in New York City.

Organizing Committee

Karen S. Cook
Stanford University
Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology
Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS)
Vice Provost, Faculty Development and Diversity

Karen S. Cook is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford. She conducts research on social interaction, social networks, social exchange, and trust. She has edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust Series, including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (with R. Kramer, 2004), eTrust: Forming Relations in the Online World (with C. Snijders, V. Buskens, and Coye Cheshire, 2009), and Whom Can Your Trust? (with M. Levi and R. Hardin, 2009). She is co-author of Cooperation without Trust? (with R. Hardin and M. Levi, 2005) and she co-edited Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology (with Gary Alan Fine and James S. House, 1995). In 1996, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 to the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she received the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley Mead Award for Career Contributions to Social Psychology.

Leslie DeChurch
Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Leslie DeChurch is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research examines leadership, teams, multiteam systems, and social networks. Professor DeChurch is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and she leads the DELTA laboratory (Developing Effective Leaders, Teams, & Alliances) at Georgia Tech. She has a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Florida International University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Miami.

Santo Fortunato
Aalto University
Professor of Complex Systems
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science

Santo Fortunato is Professor of Complex Systems at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science of Aalto University, Finland. Previously he was director of the Sociophysics Laboratory at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy. Prof. Fortunato got his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics at the University of Bielefeld In Germany. He then moved to the field of complex systems. His current focus areas are network science, especially community detection in graphs, computational social science and science of science. His research has been published in leading journals, including Nature, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physics Reports and has collected over 10,000 citations (Google Scholar). His review article Community detection in graphs is the most cited paper on networks of the last years. He is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics 2011, a prize given by the German Physical Society.

Alanna Lazarowich
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Senior Director of the Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)

Alanna Lazarowich is the Senior Director of the Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is part of Kellogg’s Leadership Team. Alanna received her MBA in strategic management, finance and international business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Michael Macy
Cornell University
Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology Department of Information Science
Director, Social Dynamics Laboratory

Michael W. Macy is Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology, Professor of Information Science, and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell. With support from the National Science Foundation, his research team has used computational models, online laboratory experiments, and digital traces of device-mediated interaction to explore familiar but enigmatic social patterns such as diurnal mood changes, the emergence and collapse of fads, the spread of self-destructive behaviors, the critical mass in collective action, the polarization of opinion, segregation of neighborhoods, and assimilation of minority cultures. Recent research uses 509 million Twitter messages to track diurnal and seasonal mood changes in 54 countries, and complete UK call logs to measure the economic consequences of network structure. His research has been published in leading journals, including Science, PNAS, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Sociology.

Laura Nelson - Skills Workshop Organizer
Northwestern University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Laura Nelson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and is a research affiliate at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She researches social movements using computational text analysis.

Walter Quattrociocchi
IMT Lucca
Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Science

Walter Quattrociocchi is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Science at IMT Lucca. His research focuses on the information and misinformation diffusion, and the emergence of collective narratives in online social network platforms as well as their relation with the opinion evolution. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers in major journals and conferences. His findings about misinformation dynamics on online social media often appeared in major international newspapers such as The Washington Post, Salon, Wired, etc.

Program Committee Officers

Guido Caldarelli
IMT Alti Studi Lucca
Professor in Theoretical Physics, Institute for Complex Systems (CNR Italy)

Guido Caldarelli studied Statistical Physics and works in the field of Complex Networks. Dr. Caldarelli earned a degree from La Sapienza Universita di Roma, and a PhD from Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). After completing postdocs at the University of Manchester and the University of Cambridge, Dr. Caldarelli worked as a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems in the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Currently Dr. Caldarelli is a professor of physics at the IMT School of Advanced Studies Lucca, a fellow at the London Institute for Mathematical Science, and the Vice President of the Complex Systems Society.

Aaron Clauset
University of Colorado Boulder
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute

Aaron Clauset is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Core Faculty in the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, and is External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Clauset is a computer scientist who both develops and applies advanced statistical methods for analyzing and modeling the structure and dynamics of complex systems, including social networks, competitive social systems, and violent political conflicts. He is an internationally recognized as an expert on network science, data science, and the statistics of rare events. He also serves as an Associate Editor at Science Advances and the Journal of Complex Networks.

Brooke Foucault Welles
Northeastern University
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Faculty Affiliate of the Network Science Institute and the NU Lab for Text, Maps and Networks

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Network Science Institute and NU Lab for Texts, Maps and Networks at Northeastern University. Dr. Foucault Welles studies how social networks shape and constrain human behavior, with a particular emphasis on how the recall and activation of network ties influences success in personal and team goals. In the past, Dr. Foucault Welles has examined how social networks influence friendship selection in online communities. More recently, her work focuses on how people come to recognize resources within their social networks and leverage them to achieve personal, organizational and social goals. Her work is supported by grants from the U.S. Army Research Office, and the U.S. Army Research Lab.

Helen Margetts - Program Committee Chair
University of Oxford
Professor of Society and the Internet
Director of the Oxford Internet Institute

Helen Margetts is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Professor of Society and the Internet at the University of Oxford. Dr. Margetts is a political scientist specializing in digital era governance and politics, investigating political behavior, digital government and government-citizen interactions in the age of the Internet, social media and big data. She has published over a hundred books, articles and major research reports in this area. In 2003, Dr. Margetts was co-named as winner of the Political Scientists Making a Difference award from the United Kingdom Political Studies Association, in part for a series of policy reports on government and Internet for the UK National Audit Office. Dr. Margetts continues working to maximize the policy impact of her research and sits on the digital advisory board of the UK Government Digital Service and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Policy and Internet, a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Laura Norén
New York University
Moore-Sloan Postdoctoral Associate and Adjunct Professor, Center for Data Science
Adjunct Professor, Stern School of Business
Adjunct Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communications

Laura Norén is an ethnographer and postdoctoral associate at the New York University Center for Data Science where she leads the Data Science Studies Working Group funded by the Alfred P. Sloan and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations. Her research focuses on the sociotechnical and organizational dynamics surrounding creative and scientific processes and practices.

Antonio Scala
Institute for Complex Systems (CNR Italy)
Research Scientist

Antonio Scala studied physics and computer science at the University of Napoli Federico II, working on percolation and Monte Carlo cluster algorithms. Dr. Scala earned a PhD in condensed matter physics at Boston University, working on metastable critical points. As a postdoc at La Sapiens University di Roma, he worked on energy landscapes and glassy systems. He is currently collaborating with G. Cardarelui on complex networks themes, ranging from economics to medicine. Additionally, Scala is the editor of the Journal of Advances and Networks. He has been a member of the Osservatorio per la Sicurezza Nazionale del Ministero della Defense (OSN). Dr. Scala is also a visiting professor at the IMT Lucca, a research fellow at the London Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and is a permanent research scientist in the Institute for Complex Systems at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

Taha Yasseri
University of Oxford
Research Fellow in Computational Social Science, Oxford Internet Institute
Faculty Fellow, Alan Turing Institute for Data Science

Taha Yasseri is a Research Fellow (Assistant Professor) in Computational Social Science at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. He graduated from the Department of Physics at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2005, where he also obtained his MSc in 2006, working on localization in scale free complex networks. In 2007, Dr Yasseri moved to the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he completed his PhD in Complex Systems Physics in 2010. Prior to coming to Oxford, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, working on the socio-physical aspects of the community of Wikipedia editors, focusing on conflict and editorial wars, along with Big Data analysis to understand human dynamics, language complexity, and popularity spread. Dr Yasseri's main research interest is in human dynamics and collective behavior.

Program Committee

Committee Members

Talayeh Aledavood
Aalto University

Stuart Anderson
University of Edinburgh

Andrea Baronchelli
City University London

Alain Barrat
CNRS

Fabricio Benevenuto
Federal University of Minas Gerais

Arnim Bleier
GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Bart Bonikowski
Harvard University

Javier Borge-Holthoefer
QCRI - Qatar Computing Research Institute

Jonathan Bright
Oxford Internet Institute

Claudio Castellano
SMC, INFM-CNR

Carlos Castillo
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
Indiana University Bloomington

Michele Coscia
National Research Council, Pisa

Cyrus Dioun
UC Berkeley

Jennifer Earl
University of Arizona

Victor M. Eguiluz
IFISC (CSIC-UIB)

Emilio Ferrara
University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

Alessandro Flammini
Indiana University

Diego Fregolente Mendes de Oliveira
Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research - Indiana  University

Seth Frey
Dartmouth College

Aram Galstyan
USC/ISI

Ruth Garcia
Oxford Internet Institute

Floriana Gargiulo
NaXys - Universitè de Namur

Paolo Gerbaudo
King's College London

Przemyslaw Grabowicz
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)

André Grow
KU Leuven

Thomas U. Grund
Linköping University

Gillian Gualtieri
UC Berkeley

Hamed Haddadi
Queen Mary University of London

Scott Hale
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Alex Hanna
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bernie Hogan
University of Oxford

Muzammil Hussain
University of Michigan

Marco Alberto Javarone
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science

Hang-Hyun Jo
Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

Márton Karsai
ENS de Lyon

Brian Keegan
Northeastern University

Renaud Lambiotte
University of Namur

Sang Hoon Lee
Sungkyunkwan University

Sune Lehmann
Technical University of Denmark

Yu-Ru Lin
University of Pittsburgh

David Liben-Nowell
Carleton College

Jared Lorince
Indiana University

Mark Lutter
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Rosario Mantegna
Universita' di Palermo

Drew Margolin
Cornell University

Michael Mäs
ETH Zurich

Winter Mason
Facebook

Peter Mcmahan
University of Chicago

Marija Mitrovic
Institute of physics Belgrade

Esteban Moro
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Suresh Naidu
Columbia University

Mirco Nanni
KDD-Lab ISTI-CNR Pisa

Symeon Papadopoulos
Information Technologies Institute

Patrick Park
Cornell University

Orion Penner
IMT Lucca

Nicola Perra
Northeastern University

Alexander Petersen
IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies

B. Aditya Prakash
Virginia Tech

Tobias Preis
University of Warwick

Filippo Radicchi
Northwestern University

Christoph Riedl
Northeastern University

Salvatore Rinzivillo
ISTI - CNR

Giancarlo Ruffo
Universita' di Torino

Anxo Sanchez
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Kazutoshi Sasahara
Naogoya University

Rossano Schifanella
University of Turin

Harald Schoen
University of Mannheim

Aaron Shaw
Northwestern University

Cindy (Cuihua) Shen
University of California, Davis

Emma Spiro
Universtiy of Washington

Michael A. Stefanone
University at Buffalo

Karoly Takacs
Corvinus University of Budapest

Rochelle Terman
UC Berkeley

Dimitrios Thilikos
AlGCo Project Team, CNRS, LIRMM and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Milena Tsvetkova
University of Oxford

Johan Ugander
Microsoft Research

Lyle Ungar
University of Pennsylvania

Athena Vakali
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dani Villatoro
IIIA-csic

Daniele Vilone
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia della Cognizione (ISTC) - CNR

Yana Volkovich
Eurecat

Claudia Wagner
GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Dashun Wang
College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University

Ingmar Weber
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Katrin Weller
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Tim Weninger
University of Notre Dame

Christo Wilson
Northeastern University

Wayne (Weiai) Xu
Northeastern University

* Program Committee Officer