AAAS Session on Predictability: From Physical to Data Sciences

February 16, 2013. Boston, MA. The upcoming AAAS annual meeting will include a session focusing on understanding human systems and networked social phenomena using predictive tools from the physical sciences. Experts will speak on applying physical science tools to uncover and explain the mechanisms that drive collective social phenomena. The session is organized by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Northeastern University. Speakers will include:
Dirk Helbing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society
Chaoming Song, Northeastern University, Limits of Predictability in Human Mobility
Marta Gonzalez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Understanding Road Usage Patterns in Urban Areas
Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University, From Human Mobility to Real Time Numerical Forecasts of Global Epidemic Spreading
Dirk Brockmann, Northwestern University, Are Pandemics Predictable?
Boleslaw Szymanski, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, On the Influence of Committed Minorities on Social Consensus

For more information: http://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2013/webprogram/Session5856.html

IEEE Network Science Workshop

The IEEE Network Science Workshop is scheduled for 29 April – 1 May, 2013 to be held at West Point, NY in collaboration with the United States Military Academy Network Science Center and the Hudson Valley Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. This workshop will bring together researchers and professionals from academia, industry, and government interested and involved in Network Science for information and communication technologies. We estimate a submission deadline of 14 January 2013, and peer-reviewed papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.

Please visit http://ieee-nsw.org for developing information about this workshop.

Medusa Platform for Crowdsensing Released

The Medusa framework for networked crowdsensing was recently released by the research groups of Ramesh Govindan (USC) and Tom La Porta (PSU). Aqua software enables programmed retrieval of situational information (in the form of audio, video, images, or text) from tactical wireless networks. Developed as part of the NS CTA’s Quality of Information Thrust, Aqua has been used by ARL researchers to develop a suite of applications that enable new real-time reporting of information from the field. A civilian version of the software, called Medusa, permits programmable “crowd sensing”, using which an individual might pay other mobile phone users in exchange for information (photos, videos) from them.
Downloads and information available at: http://code.google.com/p/medusa-crowd-sensing/

Quantitative Formalization in the Semantic Web

The 1st International Workshop on Quantitative Formalization in the Semantic Web will be held in conjunction with the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (Boston, MA on 11-15 November 2012). This workshop seeks to bring quantitative research to bear on Semantic Web data, to more efficiently manage the vast quantities of knowledge becoming available. Authors from communities that have a longer tradition in quantitative methods, such as machine learning, information retrieval, graph analysis, network science, and statistics are welcome. This workshop seeks papers addressing technical advances or methodological issues in topics such as:

  • semantic extensions to Information Theory
  • semantic compression
  • semantic similarity
  • Linked Data analytics
  • utility in the Semantic Web
  • ontology metrics
  • statistics to characterize and tune the performance of knowledge bases and inference engines

See http://asio.bbn.com/semquant2012/ for more information.

First ACM Annual International Workshop on Mission-Oriented Wireless Sensor Networking

Over the last two decades, the recent and fast advances in inexpensive sensor technology and wireless communications has made the design and development of large-scale sensor networks cost-effective and appealing in a wide range of mission-critical situations, including civilian, natural, industrial, and military, with applications ranging from health and environmental monitoring, seismic monitoring, and industrial process automation to disaster response, battlefield surveillance, and irregular warfare. ACM MiSeNet 2012 aims to provide a forum for participants from academia and industry to discuss topics in mission-oriented sensor network research and practice. ACM MiSeNet 2012 serves as incubator for scientific communities that share a particular research agenda in this area. ACM MiSeNet 2012 will provide them with opportunities to understand the major technical and application challenges as well as exchange and discuss scientific and engineering ideas related to architecture, protocols, algorithms, and application design, at a stage before they have matured to warrant conference/journal publications. It is being held in conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, August 26, 2012

See http://www-personal.engin.umd.umich.edu/~hammari/MiSeNet_Workshop2012.html for more information.

Social networking in composite networks in the news

Online ARL News recently highlighted some of the social networking results from the NS CTA program, and how research in network controllability could deliver military benefits. Research into composite network interactions and dynamics includes efforts to understand phenomena such as the “tipping point” of community opinion.

Network Science issue: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communication

Call for papers for a special network science issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communication, highlighting recent advances in network science.

Topics of interest for this issue include:

  • Insights from other types of networks that can be applied to communications problems (e.g. applying concepts from biological networks to communications networks)
  • Aggregate performance of combined networks (e.g. rather than modeling a social network and communications network separately, modeling them as one combined network)
  • Transmission of information through combined networks (including contagion or cascade effects)
  • Insights into the strengths and limitations of multi-network studies as applied to communications networks
  • Communications network design inspired by network science principles

More broadly, the issue welcomes any submission that is clearly applicable to communications networks and incorporates insights from non-communications networks.

Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Network Science for Communication Networks

In conjunction with IEEE Infocom 2012, the Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Network Science for Communication Networks will be held on March 30, 2012. See http://netscicom2012.asu.edu for more information.
The topics of this workshop lie at the intersection of Network Science and Communication Network Design – including Topology Design and Analysis, Traffic Modeling, Traffic Routing, Social Media Analysis: blogs and friendship networks, Bio-inspired networks, Internet scale measurement and analysis of online communities, Social network analysis with mobile phone data, Interdependency between power grid, communication and transportation networks.

NS CTA August newsletter available

The latest quarterly newsletter about NS CTA research is now available. See http://www.ns-cta.org/ns-cta-blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/NS_CTA_newsletter_2011-08-30.pdf

IEEE Network Science Workshop papers online

The papers from the 2011 IEEE Network Science Workshop are now posted at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=1800468.

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