McCormick / NICO / Kellogg 2018: 4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science

Hosted by the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL USA


Dirk Brockmann
Humboldt University, Berlin
Professor at the Institute for Biology

Dirk Brockmann is a professor at the Institute for Biology at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin. Brockmann is known for his work in complex systems, complex networks, computational epidemiology, human mobility and anomalous diffusion.

Brockmann studied physics and mathematics at Duke University and the University of Göttingen where he received his degree in theoretical physics in 1995 and his PhD in 2003. After postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen he became Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University in 2008. In 2013 he returned to Germany where he became Professor at the Institute for Biology at Humboldt University of Berlin. Brockmann worked on a variety of topics ranging from computational neuroscience, anomalous diffusion, Levy flights, human mobility, computational epidemiology, and complex networks.

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,
Communications 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).

Helen Margetts
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.

Markus Strohmaier
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Professor for Computational Social Sciences and Humanities
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Scientific Coordinator for Digital Behavioral Data

Markus Strohmaier is a Professor for Computational Social Sciences and Humanities at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Scientific Coordinator for Digital Behavioral Data at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany. He has been a visiting scientist/professor at Stanford University (USA) during the 2011/12 academic year, at XEROX Parc (2009, 2010-2011) and at RWTH Aachen (2009).

Markus Strohmaier received his PhD from the Faculty of Computer Science at Graz University of Technology in 2004. From 2006-2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Computer Science at University of Toronto working with Prof. Eric Yu on agent-oriented and social modeling. In 2012, he completed his habilitation at Graz University of Technology. His main research interests include Web-Science, Social and Semantic Computing, Social Software Engineering, Networks and Data Mining. To date, he has been awarded substantial research funding (either as PI, Co-PI or key scientist) from national and European funding agencies.

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.

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Jana Diesner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor and PhD Program Director

Jana Diesner is an assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, in the Computation, Organizations and Society (COS) program.

Diesner conducts research at the nexus of network science, natural language processing and machine learning. Her research mission is to contribute to the computational analysis and better understanding of the interplay and co-evolution of information and the structure and functioning of socio-technical networks. She develops and investigates methods and technologies for extracting information about networks from text corpora and considering the content of information for network analysis. In her empirical work, she studies networks from the business, science and geopolitical domain. She is particularly interested in covert information and covert networks.

Diesner was a 2015-2016 faculty fellow in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois and is a 2016 Dori J. Maynard Senior Fellow.

Lorien Jasney
University of Exeter
Lecturer in Politics

Lorien Jasny is a computational social scientist focusing on questions of public involvement in environmental decision making. Her research agenda focuses on two related themes: how the structure and dynamics of inter-organizational networks affect policy change, and how the structure and dynamics of belief networks affect behavioral change. Substantively, Lorien studies how people try to bring about societal change in response to political and environmental concerns. Methodologically, the need to grapple with these often complex phenomena requires the use and development of techniques for handling large, dynamic and relational datasets.

Michael Mauskapf
Columbia Business School
Assistant Professor of Management

Michael Mauskapf is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, where he teaches ‘Introduction to Venturing’ in the MBA curriculum. His research integrates insights from organization theory, economic sociology, and computational social science to better understand the dynamics of innovation and success in creative industries. He also studies the unique challenges facing cultural institutions, particularly in the nonprofit performing arts. Michael’s dissertation was awarded the Art Stinchcombe Dissertation Prize in Organization Studies by Northwestern University, and was recognized as a finalist in the 2016 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Review, the American Sociological Review, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, and it has been featured in a number of popular press outlets, including Bloomberg News, The Daily Mail, The San Francisco Examiner, and Spotify Insights. Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D. in Musicology), and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Management & Organizations at Northwestern University. He remains active as a musician, board member, and consultant in the arts and culture sector.

Cuihua (Cindy) Shen
University of California, Davis
Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Cuihua (Cindy) Shen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of California, Davis. She co-directs the Computational Communication Research Lab ( She studies social networks dynamics in digital games and other online communities, including social network sites such as Facebook and mass-collaboration sites such as Wikipedia. Methodologically, she uses large-scale data analysis along with survey and experimental research.

Taha Yasseri
University of Oxford
Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science

Taha Yasseri is a Senior Research Fellow in Computational Social Science at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, and a Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of large-scale transactional data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, information dynamics, and opinion dynamics.

Organizing Committee

Joshua Becker (Datathon Chair)
Kellogg School of Management
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Joshua Becker is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Kellogg School of Management and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. Joshua's research examines how communication networks shape decision-making in teams and organizations. Their current research focuses on the "wisdom of crowds," or the formation of accurate beliefs through social information processing. Both their research on belief accuracy as well as their related research on collective intelligence indicates that decentralized networks promote optimal decision-making, while centralized networks undermine collective intelligence.

Alanna Lazarowich (Partnership Chair)
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 Innovation 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.

Laura Nelson (Workshop Chair)
College of Social Science and Humanities at Northeastern University
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Laura K. Nelson is an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University, where she is also core faculty at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and is on the Executive Committee for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Previously, she has been a postdoctoral research fellow at Digital Humanities @ Berkeley and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the Management and Organizations Department in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was also a research affiliate at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. She uses computational tools, principally automated text analysis and network analysis, to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and organizations.

Program Committee

Committee Members

Andres Abeliuk
University of Southern California

Palakorn Achananuparp
Singapore Management University

Eytan Adar
University of Michigan

Thomas Ågotnes
University of Bergen

Natalie Ahn
University of California, Berkeley

Luca Maria Aiello
Nokia Bell Labs

Merve Alanyali
The University of Warwick

Talayeh Aledavood
Aalto University

Laura Maria Alessandretti
DTU Technical University of Denmark

Fred Amblard
IRIT - University Toulouse 1 Capitole

Stuart Anderson
The University of Edinburgh

Pablo Aragón
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Alex Arenas

Ching Man Au Yeung
Axon Labs Ltd.

Seung Ki Baek
Pukyong National University

Susan Banducci
University of Exeter

Vladimir Barash
Graphika, Inc.

Andrea Baronchelli
City, University of London

Nick Beauchamp
Northeastern University

Fabrício Benevenuto
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Ginestra Bianconi
Queen Mary University of London

Livio Bioglio
University of Turin

Arnim Bleier
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Javier Borge-Holthoefer
Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3-UOC)

Dylan Boynton
Northwestern University

Ulrik Brandes
ETH Zurich

Jonathan Bright
University of Oxford

Colin Campbell
Washington College

Claudio Castellano
Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR)

Michael Castelle
University of Warwick

Fabio Celli
FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Nina Cesare
University of Washington

Jianxun Chu
University of Science and Technology of China

Freddy Chua
Hewlett Packard Labs

Aaron Clauset
University of Colorado Boulder

Travis Coan
University of Exeter

David Corney

Michele Coscia
Harvard University

Andrew Crooks
George Mason University

Munmun De Choudhury
Georgia Institute of Technology

Manlio De Domenico
Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Cyrus Dioun
University of California, Berkeley

Jennifer Earl
University of Arizona

Victor M Eguiluz

Young-Ho Eom
University of Strathclyde

Tim Evans
Imperial College London

Katayoun Farrahi
University of Southampton

Rosta Farzan&
University of Pittsburgh

Emilio Ferrara
University of Southern California

Alessandro Flammini
Indiana University Bloomington

Brooke Foucault Welles
Northeastern University

Diego Fregolente Mendes de Oliveira
Indiana Unive
UC Davis

Gerhard Fuchs
University of Stuttgart

Matteo Gagliolo
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

David Garcia
Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub

Nicholas Garcia
NYU Stern Information Systems

Ruth Garcia Gavilanes
University of Oxford

Floriana Gargiulo
GEMASS - CNRS and University of Paris Sorbonne

Carlos Gershenson

James Gleeson
University of Limerick

Kwang-Il Goh
Korea University

Bruno Gonçalves
New York University

Przemyslaw Grabowicz
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

André Grow
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Jorge Guzman
Columbia University

Scott Hale
University of Oxford

Alex Hanna
University of Toronto

Tim Hannigan
University of Alberta

Takako Hashimoto
Chiba University of Commerce

Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
University of Vermont

Martin Hilbert
University of California, Davis

Petter Holme
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Ágnes Horvát
Northwestern University

Homa Hosseinmardi
University of Southern California

Baden Hughes

Adam Jatowt
Kyoto University

Marco Alberto Javarone
School of Computing, University of Kent

Mark Jelasity
University of Szeged

Pablo Jensen

Lian Jian
University of Southern California

Hang-Hyun Jo
Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics

David Jurgens
University of Michigan

Andreas Kaltenbrunner

Márton Karsai
ENS de Lyon / INRIA

Kazuhiro Kazama
Wakayama University

Przemysław Kazienko
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Brian Keegan
University of Colorado Boulder

Emre Kıcıman
Microsoft Research

Jinseok Kim
University of Michigan

Minjae Kim
Northwestern University

Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Mikko Kivela
Aalto University

Elena Kochkina
The University of Warwick

Renaud Lambiotte
University of Oxford

Walter LaMendola
University of Denver

Georgios Lappas
Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia

Daniel Larremore
University of Colorado Boulder

Juyong Lee
Kangwon National University

Deok-Sun Lee
Inha University

Wonjae Lee
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Sang Hoon Lee
Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology

Sune Lehmann
Technical University of Denmark

Zoran Levnajic
Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto

Elisabeth Lex
Graz University of Technology

Hai Liang
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Yu-Ru Lin
University of Pittsburgh

Yabing Liu
Twitter Inc.

Huan Liu
Arizona State University

Jiebo Luo
University of Rochester

Mark Lutter
University of Wuppertal

Xiao Ma
Cornell Tech

Matteo Magnani
Uppsala University

Rosario Mantegna
Universita' di Palermo

Christopher Marcum
National Institutes of Health

Drew Margolin
Cornell University

Michael Mäs
ETH Zurich

Afra Mashhadi
University of Washington

Winter Mason

Emanuele Massaro
Carnegie Mellon University

Naoki Masuda
University of Bristol

Michael Mathioudakis
University of Helsinki

Sandra Matz
Columbia University

Julian Mcauley
University of California San Diego

Barbara McGillivray
The Alan Turing Institute/University of Cambridge

Peter McMahan
McGill University

Yelena Mejova
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Sandro Meloni
University of Zaragoza

Jingbo Meng
Michigan State University

Marija Mitrovic
Institute of physics Belgrade

Hisashi Miyamori
Kyoto Sangyo University

John Mohr
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jose G. Moreno
Paul Sabatier University - IRIT

Esteban Moro
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Tsuyoshi Murata
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Mirco Musolesi
University College London

Suresh Naidu

Shinsuke Nakajima
Kyoto Sangyo University

Keiichi Nakata
University of Reading

Mirco Nanni

Laura Nelson
Northeastern University

Dong Nguyen
Alan Turing Institute

Finn Årup
Nielsen Technical University of Denmark

Carlos Nunes Silva
Universidade de Lisboa

Jason Nurse
University of Oxford

Katherine Ognyanova
Rutgers University

Gabjin Oh
Chosun University

Nuria Oliver
Vodafone Research

Daniela Paolotti
ISI Foundation

Symeon Papadopoulos
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

Luca Pappalardo

Jaimie Yejean Park
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Patrick Park
University of Michigan

Konstantinos Pelechrinis
University of Pittsburgh

Tai-Quan Peng
Michigan State University

Orion Penner
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Matjaz Perc
University of Maribor

María Pereda
RWTH Aachen University

Nicola Perra
University of Greenwich

Alexander Petersen
University of California Merced

Georgios Petkos
University of Macedonia

Giovanni Petri
ISI Foundation

Jürgen Pfeffer
Technical University of Munich

Alessandro Piazza
Columbia University

Tobias Preis
The University of Warwick

Michal Ptaszynski
Kitami Institute of Technology

Hemant Purohit
George Mason University

Giovanni Quattrone
University College London

Iyad Rahwan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jose Javier Ramasco

Rezvaneh Rezapour
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Salvatore Rinzivillo

Georgios Rizos
Imperial College London

Luca Rossi
IT University of Copenhagen

Martin Rosvall
Umeå Univeristy

Giancarlo Ruffo
Università degli Studi di Torino

Alessandra Sala
Bell Labs Ireland

Marta Sales-Pardo
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Anxo Sanchez
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Kazutoshi Sasahara
Nagoya University

Michael Schaub
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rossano Schifanella
University of Turin

Todd Schifeling
Temple University

Frank Schweitzer
ETH Zurich

Chanuki Seresinhe
Warwick Business School

Sarah Shugars
Northeastern University

Cohen Simpson
University of Cambridge

Thanakorn Sornkaew
Ramkhamheang University

Rok Sosic
Stanford University

Viktoria Spaiser
University of Leeds

Emma Spiro
University of Washington

Michael A. Stefanone
University at Buffalo

Markus Strohmaier
RWTH Aachen University & GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Pål Sundsøy

Karoly Takacs
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Taro Takaguchi
LINE Corporation

Xian Teng
University of Pittsburgh

Dimitrios Thilikos
AlGCo project team, LIRMM, CNRS

Michele Tizzoni
ISI Foundation

Emma Towlson

Klaus G. Troitzsch
University of Koblenz-Landau

Milena Tsvetkova
London School of Economics and Political Science

Lyle Ungar
University of Pennsylvania

Carmen Vaca
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL)

Athena Vakali
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

George Valkanas
Detectica, Inc.

Onur Varol
Northeastern University

Julita Vassileva
University of Saskatchewan

Bertram Vidgen
University of Oxford

Dani Villatoro

Yana Volkovich

Dashun Wang
Northwestern University

Wenbo Wang
GoDaddy Inc.

Ning Wang
University of Oxford

Cheng-Jun Wang
Nanjing University

Samuel Way
University of Colorado Boulder

Ingmar Weber
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Katrin Weller
GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Xidao Wen
University of Pittsburgh

Hywel Williams
University of Exeter

Christo Wilson
Northeastern University

Kevin S. Xu
University of Toledo

Pu Yan
University of Oxford

Diyi Yang
Carnegie Mellon University

Elad Yom-Tov

Hyejin Youn
Northwestern University

Burcu Yucesoy
Northeastern University

Igor Zakhlebin
Northwestern University

Li Zeng
University of Washington

Jingwen Zhang
University of California, Davis

Arkaitz Zubiaga
The University of Warwick