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Noshir will address the Web Science Summer School 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia

27
Jun

On July 1st Noshir Contractor, a cofounder of Web Science Trust, will present at the upcoming WSTNet Web Science Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia. The title of his keynote address is “Leveraging Computational Social Science to address Grand Societal Challenges.”   Learn more about Web Science Summer School 2017 and its keynotes and speakers here.  

Noshir Contractor participates on a panel at the Digital Innovation Networks Forum

26
Jun

On June 27th Noshir Contractor will take part in a one-day Digital Innovation Networks Forum organized by FIRE – Future Internet Research & Experimentation initiative in Brussels, Belgium. He will be participating in a panel titled “How does the process of innovation need to change as a consequence of increased digitisation and connectivity?” This is a live panel debate bringing together experts from around the world (US, Europe), moderated by Michael Boniface (IT Innovation, FIRE Study). Noshir will present on “The impact of technology affordances on engendering innovation in multidimensional knowledge networks at scale.”

New NASA Grant – Project FUSION

19
Jun

We are very excited to receive a new grant from NASA, on which SONIC’s Noshir Contractor is a Co-Investigator. Project FUSION: Facilitating Unified Systems of Interdependent Organizational Networks Project FUSION was among seven proposals, selected by NASA’s Human Research Program to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long-duration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. These proposals will investigate the impact of the space environment on various aspects of astronaut health, including behavioral health and performance, cardiovascular alterations, human factors and radiation effects. All of the selected projects will contribute to NASA’s long-term plans for deep space exploration, including to Mars. Project Team: Dorothy Carter, University of Georgia (PI), Marissa Shuffler, Clemson University (Co-I), Leslie DeChurch, Northwestern (Co-I), Noshir Contractor, Northwestern (Co-I), Aaron Schecter, University of Georgia  (Co-I), Shawn Burke, University of Central Florida (Consultant), Stephen Zaccaro, George Mason University (Consultant), & Lauren Landon, Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (Consultant) Sending a team of humans to Mars will require extreme forms of teamwork across complex “Multiteam Systems” comprised of multiple teams that are separated by unprecedented degrees of space and time (e.g., mission control teams, spaceflight crews). In “Project FUSION: Facilitating Unified Systems of Interdependent Organizational Networks” we will combine findings from qualitative research with NASA personnel, agent-based computational models, and ...

Noshir Contractor was a plenary speaker at the Collective Intelligence Conference

19
Jun

Noshir Contractor gave a plenary talk in a session titled “Organizing and Organizations” at the Collective Intelligence Conference. CI is the fifth annual interdisciplinary conference dedicated to advancing our understanding of collective intelligence and the workings of groups. The conference took place at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering on June 15-16, 2017.

Noshir conducted a workshop at the 2017 SciTS Conference

14
Jun

Noshir Contractor was a lead facilitator of a workshop at the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL, held on June 12-14, 2017. Network Perspectives to Understand and Enable Team Science  Description: In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to the basics of social network theories, methods, and tools.   They will come away with an improved understanding of the various forms of networks necessary for effective scientific collaborations.  This workshop is organized into three distinct parts.  (1) The first part provides an historical overview of the motivations to view team science from a social networks perspective. This first part will conclude with a brief introduction to the concepts of social networks, cognitive social networks, knowledge networks, cognitive knowledge networks and their relevance to team science. (2) The second part focuses on using network metrics to describe team science.  This part begins by defining various concepts used in network analysis: actors and attributes of actors, relations and properties of relations as well as two-mode networks. Next it describes various how these concepts influence strategies for the collection of network data. The session then defines and describes how various common network metrics are computed and interpreted at the actor, dyadic, triadic, sub-group, and component ...

Congratulations to Sophia Fu, Michelle Shumate, and Noshir Contractor for a top paper award!

05
Jun

One of the SONIC papers, presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) on May 25-29 in San Diego, CA., received a Top 4 Paper Award in the Organizational Communication Division. Fu, Sophia, Shumate, Michelle, & Contractor, Noshir. Collective Innovation Adoption across Interorganizational Systems: Organizational Boundary, Social Networks, and Decision-Making Status. Please follow the link for all the presentations’ abstracts.

SONIC papers presented at the XXXVII Sunbelt Conference in Beijing, China.

05
Jun

Three SONIC papers were presented at the XXXVII Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), held on May 30th, 2017 – June 4th, 2017 in Beijing, China.   Title: Higher Visibility, Better Participation: Peer Pressure Enabled by Enterprise Social Media. Authors: Hui Li (Fudan University), Xiao He (Fudan University), Yun Huang (Northwestern University), Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Yunjie Xu (Fudan University), Lihua Huang (Fudan University) Title: Team Dynamics in Spaceflight Analogs: Shared Mental Models, Informal Social Roles, and Team Viability and Conflict in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). Authors: Jeffrey C Johnson (University of Florida), Michael Zurek (University of Florida), Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Leslie DeChurch (Northwestern University) Title: Capability, Role, or Relation: Collaboration in Dota 2 Combat Teams. Authors: Bo Xu (Northeastern University, China), Julia Neidhardt (Technische Universitat Wien), Yun Huang (Northwestern University), Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University)

Nebula – a finalist for the IMS Global Consortium Learning Impact Award

30
May

Nebula was selected as a finalist for the IMS Global Consortium Learning Impact Award that was held May 16-19 2017. Most of the competition was professional educational tech applications. Congratulations to Jackie Ng and Noshir Contractor – SONIC contributors to Nebula! Nebula is a Northwestern alternative to the standard Canvas discussion board.  Nebula is a hybrid type of learning tool that at once offers analytic visualization of complex discussion dynamics and invites participation in that dynamic by having users contribute posts and comments directly to the discussion graph. Its visual approach is very intuitive to understand and use, promoting more rapid and frequent student engagement in the discussions.

Leslie DeChurch will present at the Mars Mission Social Sciences Workshop

26
May

On may 30th, 2017 Leslie DeChurch will present at the Mars Mission Social Sciences Workshop at the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute in Cape Canaveral, FL. The title of her paper, co-authored with Noshir Contractor and Michael Schultz, is SCALE: Shared cognitive architecture for long-term exploration.

SONIC members presenting at the ICA

24
May

Noshir Contractor and two SONIC graduate students: Diego Gomez Zara, and Zachary Gibson are going to present at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) on May 25-29 in San Diego, CA. Please follow the link for the presentations’ abstracts.