Keynote Addresses and Distinguished Lectures



Contractor, N. (December 16, 2012). Keynote address at the 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Informatics in Washington DC.

Contractor, N. (November 16, 2012) Keynote at the

1st China National Conference on Social Computing (NCSC 2012) in Beijing.

Contractor, N. (November 9, 2012) Keynote at the on Dr. Harold Burdette Annual Fall conference on “Team Science: History, Theory, & Concepts” Indiana
University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Contractor, N. (October 28, 2012). Assembly of Multi-team Systems. Dinner keynote at the “Advancing the Science of Multiteam Systems” meeting in Varenna,

Contractor, N. (October 26, 2012). Opening keynote at the 1st Michigan State University Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Days conference. East Lansing, MI.

Contractor, N. (September 24, 2012). Some assembly required: Organizing in the 21st century. Opening plenary address at HUBUB 2012 the
annual HubZero Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Contractor, N. (September 10, 2012). Keynote address at the Digital Research 2012 conference, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

Contractor, N. (April 26, 2012). Some Assembly Required: Organizing in the 21st Century. Plenary address at Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM) International Conference on Data Mining. Anaheim, CA.

Contractor, N. (April 5, 2012). Some Assembly Required: Organizing in the 21st Century. Keynote at Crossroads Seminar Series, George Washington
University, Washington, DC.


Contractor, N. (October 24, 2011). From Understanding to Enabling Networks: Using Web Science to Enhance Recommender Systems. Keynote address at
the 5th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, Chicago, IL.

Contractor, N. (October 11, 2011). Understanding and Enabling Collaboration in 21st Century Teams Plenary address at CIC CIO Tech Forum,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.

Contractor, N. (October 7, 2011). Using Web Science to Understand and Enable 21st Century Multidimensional Networks Keynote address at 3rd
International Conference on Social Informatics, Singapore.

Contractor, N. (June 8, 2011).From disasters to WoW: Using web science to understand and enable 21st century multidimensional networks. Keynote address at 22 nd annual ACM conference on hypertext and hypermedia, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Contractor, N. (June 2, 2011). Conducting social network analysis at the petascale level: Challenges and Opportunities, Annual Workshop on Network
Science, Virginia Tech.

Contractor, N. (May 23, 2011). Profiting from the New Web Conference, Royal Society in London.

Contractor, N. (May 20-21, 2011). Social and knowledge network-building to advance global health decision-making. Keynote lecture at Advancing
Global Health Decision-Making Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Contractor, N. (May 16-17, 2011). Keynote address at VOSS ”Toward a Science of Virtual
Organizations Invitational Workshop,” University of Central Florida and the National Science Foundation, Orlando, FL

Contractor, N. (January 24, 2011). Etmaalvoor de Communicatiewetenschap Keynote address, Understanding and Enabling Networks. Universiteit Twente
Enschede, Netherlands.



Contractor, N. (Aug 25, 2010). Keynote address at the inauguration of the Brazilian Institute for Web Science, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Contractor, N. (November 15-16, 2010). National Communication Association Convention 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Contractor, N. (October 11-13, 2010). Social Behavior & Economic Sciences Advisory Committee. Arlington, VA.

Contractor, N. (October 6, 2010). World Wide Consortium (W3C) Conference Keynote, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Contractor, N. (October 2-4, 2010). European Science Foundation Meeting
on the Future Internet and Society, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy.

Contractor, N. (October 1, 2010). The EU Meeting of the Social Computer Internet – Scale Human Problem Solving, Brussels.

Contractor, N. (September 30, 2010). Online Social Networks and Smoking Cessationat Schroeder Institute’s Legacy Conference, Washington,

Contractor, N. (September 25-29, 2010). Royal Society 350th Anniversary Conference on Web Science, London.

Contractor, N. (September 22-24, 2010). 2nd Annual CTSA Social Network Analysis Workshop, Sacramento, CA.

Contractor, N. (September 9, 2010). Launch of the Chinese translation of Monge & Contractor’s Theories of Communication Networks - School of Humanities, Beijing University of Post & Telegraph, (BUPT), Beijing, China.

Contractor, N. (September 10, 2010). Launch of the Chinese translation of Monge &Contractor’s Theories of Communication Networks - Renmin
University School of Management, Beijing, China.

Contractor, N. (September 13, 2010). Honorary Professor Lecture - School of Management Fudan University,
Shanghai, China.

Contractor, N. (August 21, 2010). 

2010 IEEE Second International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom)

, Minneapolis, MN.

Contractor, N. (August 17, 2010). TISS Seminar - Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

Contractor, N. (August 12, 2010). First Annual National VIVO Conference, Enabling National Networking of Scientists, New York, NY.

Contractor, N. (July 21-24, 2010). GESIS 50th anniversary celebration – Leibniz
-InstitutfürSozialwissenschaften Institute Day, Cologne, Germany.

Contractor, N. (July 12-14, 2010). Workshop on

Socially Coupled Systems & Informatics: Science, Computing & Decision Making in a Complex Interdependent World, 2010

, Alexandra, VA.

Contractor, N. (June 9-11, 2010). Lausanne Workshop on Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Complexity, Networks, & Geosimulations,
University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Contractor, N. (June 1, 2010). Extended Semantic Web Conference – ESWC2010, Heraklion, Greece.

Contractor, N. (May 26, 2010).

Information Science Network Academic Research Center (INARC) Monthly Seminar

Contractor, N. (April 29, 2010). Network Business Initiative Special Seminar – Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.

Contractor, N. (April 22, 2010). Science of Team Science Conference, Chicago, IL.

Contractor, N. (April 16, 2010). Pennsylvania State Network Science Day,
University Park, PA.

Contractor, N. (April 10, 2010).

ASIST Research Data Access and Preservation Summit Program, Legal and Social Implications of Shared Collections

, Phoenix, AZ.

Contractor, N. (March 31, 2010). 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction, Bethesda, MD.

Contractor, N. (March 8, 2010). Why Study the Web? Social Machines and the Virtual Revolution,
Panel at the Royal Society, London.

Contractor, N. (February 19, 2010). International Seminar on Network Theory, Los Angeles, CA.


Contractor, N. (December 15, 2009). Social Media and Government at Digital Government Society of North America, Washington, D.C.

Contractor, N. (November 13, 2009). 2nd Meeting on Methodology for Empirical Research on Social Interactions, Social Networks and Health,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Contractor, N. (November 12, 2009). Lance Armstrong Foundation, Young Adult Alliance Building bridges and collaborations, annual meeting, Austin,

Contractor, N. (November 4, 2009). Booth School of Business Colloquium, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Contractor, N. (October 24, 2009). International NSF Workshop on Connected Multimedia, Hangzhou, China.

Contractor, N. (October 8, 2009). Mary Junck Research Colloquium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Contractor, N. (May 11, 2009). Domain Dinner on Team Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Contractor, N. (April 25, 2009). Annual Meeting on the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Montreal, Canada.

Contractor, N. (April 24, 2009). Studying Society in a Digital World, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Contractor, N. (April 17, 2009). YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States, Amherst, MA.

Contractor, N. (March 24, 2009). Global Technologies and Networked Communities panel at the Opening Ceremony of the NU-Qatar campus, Doha, Qatar.

Contractor, N. (March 20, 2009). Web Science 2009: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Web, Athens, Greece.

Contractor, N. (March 3, 2009). Dean’s Seminar Series, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Contractor, N. (February 20, 2009). Mardi Gras Conference 2009, Virtual Worlds: New Realms for Culture, Creativity, Commerce, Computation and Communication, Baton Rouge, LA.

Contractor, N. (February 2, 2009). Annual National Science Foundation Engineering Education Awardees Conference, Reston, VA.


Contractor, N. (November 6, 2008). Keynote speaker at Milan World Expo 2015 launch, Milan, Italy.

Contractor, N. (2008) Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Contractor, N. (2008) Cyberwarfare, Conference to launch the US cyber command.

Contractor, N. (2008) Supernova, conference for high-tech digerati.


Contractor, N. (2007) Australian National Digital Collections Conference.


Contractor, N. (June 29, 2006).

Keynote address: From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure at the 2nd International e-Social Science
Conference, Manchester

, UK.

Contractor, N. (May 1, 2006). From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure. Van Zelst Distinguished Lecture, Northwestern
University, Evanston, IL.

Contractor, N. (February 2, 2006). From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure. Walter Fisher Distinguished Lecture,
Annenberg School of Communication, USC, Los Angeles, CA.


Contractor, N. (October 7, 2005). Keynote address: Social Networks & Organizing. 18th Annual Organizational Communication
Miniconference, Athens, OH.

Contractor, N. (September 15, 2005). Keynote address: Social Networks and Distributed Communities of Practice. Workshop on Sustaining Distributed
Communities of Practice at the International Centre for Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Contractor, N. (June 14, 2005). Keynote address: Socio-technical challenges in designing 21st cyberinfrastructure to enable networks in communities at the 2nd International Communities
& Technologies conference, Milan, Italy.

Contractor, N. (March 14, 2005). ICT support in emergency management. Keynote address at the eGovernment der Oesterreichischen Computer Gesellschaft conference, Vienna,


Contractor, N. (April 30, 2004). Designing knowledge networks for organizational change. Invited keynote speaker at the “Network of Networks”
meeting at the National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD.


Contractor, N. (November 14, 2003). Keynote address: Emergence of Communication Networks in the 21st Century at the inauguration of CITÉ de
l’Université de Montréal – Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Emerging Technologies at the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Contractor, N. (October 17, 2003). Communication Technology in Organizations. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

Contractor, N. (June 11, 2003). Keynote address:

Co-evolution of Multi-dimensional Networks: Multi-level Network Analysis of the co-operation between firms

, University of Surrey, Surrey, United


Knowledge networks Contractor, N. (April 22, 2002). The power of the network: Technology and new organizational forms. Keynote address at the
National Laboratory of Tourism and e-commerce Forum on Technology and Change, Urbana, IL.


Contractor, N. (May 2, 2001). Collaborative knowledge in the e-Economy. Keynote address to Workshop on Collaborating in the e-Economy: Legacies, Practices, and Prospects hosted by
the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Contractor, N. (April, 2001).

The use of technologies to support and reconfigure Human Resource functions in 21st century organizational forms

Featured Speaker, at the Spring Roundtable on Human Resource Management and the Web: Evolution or Revolution? Center for Human Resource Management, Oak
Brook, IL.


Contractor, N. (August, 2000).

Communication through knowledge networks and the future of organizational structures

. Keynote address, Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureau 2000 Annual Educational Conference, Merrillville, IN.

Contractor, N. (March 2000). Studying and using communication networks in the 21st century. Keynote address and Workshop for Network of
Communication Researchers in Thailand, Chulalongkon University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Contractor, N. (February, 2000).

Emergence of communication networks: A self-organizing systems perspective

. Keynote address, meeting of the Finnish Speech Communication Association, Helsinki, Finland.


Contractor, N. (July, 1999). Social capital and knowledge capital in network forms of organizing. Keynote address, Laboratorio di Knowledge
Management: Il contributo delle tecnologie al knowledge management. Workshop organized by Instituto RSO (Institute for Action Research on Organizations and
Systems). Sede Fiat, Centro Incontini, Marentino, Torino, Italy.

Contractor, N. (June, 1999). Using technologies to build productive relationships. Keynote address, McKinsey & Co.’s “Mini-Oxford.” British
Library Conference Centre, London.

Contractor, N. (April, 1999). Self-organizing systems research in the social sciences. Keynote address, Texas Conference on Organizations,
Kerrsville, TX.

Contractor, N. (February, 1999). Communication skills in the 21st century. Keynote address, The Communication Conference: Setting the
Standards for the 21st Century, hosted by McKinsey & Co.’s Global Client Communications Practice, Berlin, Germany.


Contractor, N. (August, 1998). Keynote speaker: Orientation for International Teaching Assistants, UIUC Office for Instructional Resources, Urbana, IL.


Contractor, N. (February, 1996). Unintended consequences of new information technologies: The case of the Internet. Keynote address to the spring
1996 Training Day Workshop of the UIUC Computer Consultants Support Program (CCSP), Urbana, IL.