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Plenary Speakers
Lada Adamic, Facebook
Lada Adamic leads the Product Science group within Facebook's Data Science Team. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information and Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Her research interests center on information dynamics in networks: how information diffuses, how it can be found, and how it influences the evolution of a network's structure. Her projects have included identifying expertise in online question and answer forums, studying the dynamics of viral marketing, and characterizing the structural and communication patterns in online social media. She has received an NSF CAREER award, a University of Michigan Henry Russell award, the 2012 Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems.

Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University

Christos Faloutsos is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award by the National Science Foundation (1989), the Research Contributions Award in ICDM 2006, the SIGKDD Innovations Award (2010), twenty "best paper" awards (including two "test of time" awards), and four teaching awards. Five of his advisees have attracted KDD or SCS dissertation awards. He is an ACM Fellow, he has served as a member of the executive committee of SIGKDD; he has published over 300 refereed articles, 17 book chapters and two monographs. He holds eight patents and he has given over 35 tutorials and over 15 invited distinguished lectures. His research interests include data mining for graphs and streams, fractals, database performance, and indexing for multimedia and bio-informatics data.

James Fowler, University of California at San Diego

James H. Fowler earned a PhD from Harvard in 2003 and is currently a Professor at the University of California, San Diego. His work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavior, evolution, politics, genetics, and big data. James was recently named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, TechCrunch's Top 20 Most Innovative People, Politico's 50 Key Thinkers, Doers, and Dreamers, and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on The Colbert Report. His research has been featured in numerous best-of lists including New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas, Time's Year in Medicine, Discover Magazine's Year in Science, and Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Business Ideas. Together with Nicholas Christakis, James wrote a book on social networks for a general audience called Connected. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, it has been translated into twenty languages, named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review, and featured in Wired, Oprah's Reading Guide, Business Week's Best Books of the Year, and a cover story in New York Times Magazine.

David Lazer, Northeastern University

David Lazer is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Governance. His research interests include Information Governance, Global Governance, Interest Group Networks, Team Networks, and Network Analysis. "Most of my work is based on the idea that how people and organizations are connected together is critical to understanding the functioning, success and failure of actors and systems." He is an authority on social network analysis, with a series of papers on the diffusion of information among interest groups and between interest groups and the government.

Ilan Lobel, NYU Stern School of Business

Ilan Lobel is an Assistant Professor in the Operations Management group of the Department of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University's Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the Operations Research Center at MIT. Before joining NYU Stern, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Microsoft Research New England Lab. His research focuses on issues related to operations and new technologies, including issues such as pricing, learning and contract design in dynamic and networked markets.

John Padgett, University of Chicago

John F. Padgett (Ph.D., Michigan, 1978) is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Currently he conducts research in the related areas of organizational invention and of state and market co-evolution, mostly in the context of Renaissance Florence but also through agent-based modeling. In the past, Padgett has published in the topics of organization theory, social network analysis, federal budgeting, plea bargaining, and stochastic processes.

Patrick Perry, NYU Stern School of Business

Patrick Perry is an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the IOMS Department at NYU Stern. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Stanford University, obtaining a B.S. in Mathematics in 2003, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Statistics in 2009. For his dissertation he worked with Art Owen, studying applications of cross-validation to unsupervised learning. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked with Patrick Wolfe as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. His research is primarily in modern multivariate statistics. Specifically, it focuses on inference for network data and other emerging data sources, high-dimensional data analysis, and random matrix theory. He's also interested in data visualization and statistical computing.

Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University

Alessandro Vespignani is currently James H. Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing and adjunct professor of Physics and Statistics at Indiana University where he is also the director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS) and associate director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. He has obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” After holding research positions at Yale University and Leiden University, he has been a member of the condensed matter research group at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (UNESCO) in Trieste. Before joining Indiana University Vespignani has been a faculty of the Laboratoire de Physique Theorique at the University of Paris-Sud working for the French National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) of which he is still member at large. Vespignani is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and is serving in the board/leadership of a variety of professional association and journals and the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Turin, Italy.

Duncan Watts, Microsoft Research

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding mem¬ber of the MSR-NYC lab. From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Colum¬bia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group. He is a former external professor of the Santa Fe Institute and is currently a visiting fellow at Colum¬bia University and at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and, most recently, Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer. How Common Sense Fails Us (Crown Business, 2011). He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.
Key Dates
Workshop Dates:
October 4th-5th, 2013
Abstract Submission Deadline:
August 23rd, 2013
Notification to Authors:
August 31st, 2013
Final Abstract Submission for Publication in Workshop Notes:
September 13th, 2013
Early Registration Deadline:
September 13th, 2013
Onsite Registration(Space Permitting):
October 4th, 2013
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