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Congratulations to Brennan Antone for graduating with a BS and starting the Ph.D. program !!!


Congratulations to Brennan Antone for graduating with a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences (IEMS) and a minor in Psychology at Northwestern and joining the Ph.D. program in IEMS at Northwestern this Fall. Welcome back!!!  

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Schecter for graduating and starting a faculty position!


Congratulations to SONIC member, Dr. Aaron Schecter for graduating with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences at Northwestern and starting as an assistant professor in the Department of Management Information Systems at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia!!! Dr. Aaron Schecter at Ph.D. hooding ceremony  

Noshir Contractor gave the opening keynote address at the 5th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy


Noshir Contractor gave the opening keynote address at the 5th Annual Network Leadership Training Academy, titled  “Building and Leveraging Powerful Social Networks” on April 26th. The Academy is organized by the Center on Network Science at the University of Colorado, Denver. For more details, see

SONIC presented at the Northwestern MTS and TSB graduate recruitment event


SONIC is always committed to attracting great people to work with us. These weeks are busy with graduate recruitment events, as the applicants for the next academic year are making the final decisions about where to pursue their graduate studies. We presented four posters in the Frances Searle Building at the School of Communication recruitment showcase for the Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) and the Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) Ph.D. programs. SONIC exhibited four projects: Network Cognition; Text Analytics for Evaluated Shared Cognition; on finding a Dream Team; and using simulations to explore team composition and functioning. Our ATLAS collaborators displayed three posters on their projects exploring leadership, team cognition, and multi-team systems.

Noshir Contractor presented in a colloquium at Stanford University, CA


On February 13, 2017 Noshir Contractor presented on Bridging the Boundary, while Minding the Seams: Boundary Propensities in Multiteam Systems in a colloquium held at the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, CA.

SONIC and ATLAS members will be attending the 2017 NASA Investigators’ Workshop in Galveston, TX


SONIC and ATLAS members: eight graduate students, one undergraduate researcher, and two post-doctoral researchers will be attending the NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop in Galveston, TX from January 23rd – January 26th. Our team is presenting six posters. Patrick Park: Understanding Elective Task Switching Ashley Niler:  Impact of Social Connectedness, Communication Delay, and Sleep Deprivation on Cognitive Network Similarity in Analog Teams Zach Gibson: Building Extreme Teams: Simulating team Composition Effects in Isolated and Confined Environments Ilya Gokhman: Leadership Networks in Space Crews Igor Zakhlebin Influence of Interpersonal Perceptions on Team Structure in Long-Duration Space Exploration Missions Gabe Plummer: The Costs of Switching Between Team and Multiteam Tasks and The Role of Shared Cognition  

SONIC PhD candidate Aaron Schecter and Noshir Contractor presented at the Network Science of Squads Workshop


On Sunday, December 4th, a SONIC PhD candidate Aaron Schecter and Professor Noshir Contractor presented at a workshop titled “The Network Science of Squads“, held in Denton, TX on December 3rd – 5th. An illustration of the relational event model to analyze group interaction processes Abstract A fundamental assumption in the study of groups is that they are constituted by various interaction processes that are critical to survival, success, and failure. However, there are few methods available sophisticated enough to empirically analyze group interaction. To address this issue, we present an illustration of relational event modeling (REM). A relational event is a “discrete event generated by a social actor and directed toward one or more targets.” Because REM provides a procedure for modeling relational event histories, it has the ability figure out which patterns of group interaction are more or less common than others. For instance, do past patterns of interaction influence future interactions, (e.g., reciprocity), do individual attributes make it more likely that individuals will create interactions (e.g., homophily), and do specific contextual factors influence interaction patterns (e.g., a complexity of a task)? The current presentation provides an REM tutorial from a multi-team system experiment in which two teams navigated a terrain ...

Noshir Contractor gives a keynote address at the 3rd GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium


On December 1st, 2016, Noshir Contractor presented on Leveraging Computational Social Science to Address Grand Societal Challenges. The symposium, titled “Understanding social systems via computational approaches and new kinds of data”, took place from November 30 – December 1, 2016 at KOMED im MediaPark, Cologne, Germany The complete schedule of presentations and Noshir’s talk abstract can be viewed following the link below:

Watch the recorded WebScience@10 – live global birthday party broadcast


TV Channel – WebScience@10

SONIC is celebrating the 10th birthday of Web Science – join us!


Please join us in celebrating the 10th birthday of Web Science at Northwestern University – the final stop of a 10-hour web-a-thon that will have spanned the globe from Singapore, Bangalore, Berlin, and London  before landing in Evanston.