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ANN-SONIC 8th International Workshop on Network Theory, 2017

24
Mar

This year, the 8th ANN-SONIC International Workshop on Network Theory is held at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. This year’s theme is “Wisdom in Networks” Twitter #WisdomNetwork You can view the workshop program by following this link. The program lists the speakers, the participants, and the complete workshop schedule.   Selected SONIC and ATLAS members are attending the workshop March 23-24th. The workshop is being organized by the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) at the University of Southern California, the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group, and the Advancing Teams, Leaders and Systems (ATLAS) research group at the Northwestern University.

Noshir Contractor appointed as a member of Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security Committee

22
Mar

This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. Please follow the link for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. The first meeting for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security will be held March 23 – March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Noshir Contractor appointed as a member of Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security Committee

22
Mar

This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. Please follow the link for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. The first meeting for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security will be held March 23 – March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Noshir Contractor presented at a CITEP conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina

20
Mar

On March 13th Nosir Contractor presented at a conference titled “Assembly required. Organizing in the 21st century”. The conference was organized by the Center of Technological and Pedagogical Innovation (CITEP – Centro de Innovación en Tecnología y Pedagogía) of the University of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Noshir delivered on creating effective teams and demonstrated “MyDreamTeam”, a web-based teaming platform used to understand and facilitate the formation of teams in educational contexts.

Eric Forbush, a former SONIC member, was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

20
Mar

Congratulations to Eric Forbush, former SONIC Lab Manager and a post-baccalaureate researcher! Eric is now a graduate student at PENN, studying towards his PhD at the Annenberg School of Communication. For the 2017 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. We are proud of Eric for having received this prestigious award!

SONIC presented at the Northwestern MTS and TSB graduate recruitment event

01
Mar

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 at the Prevention Science Methodology Group (PSMG)

22
Feb

On February 21, 2017, Noshir presented on “Testing Multitheoretical, Multilevel Hypotheses about Networks” at the Prevention Science Methodology Group (PSMG) – a weekly “virtual” grand rounds presentations that takes place via recorded conference calls, accompanied by slides.

Noshir Contractor presented in a colloquium at Stanford University, CA

14
Feb

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

20
Jan

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

06
Dec

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 ...