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Dear colleagues,

We invite you to submit abstracts of your research for the second Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), to be held at New York University Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Briefly, the goal of WIN is to facilitate interaction between leading researchers studying information in networks from different perspectives towards nurturing conversation across fields and building a stronger multidisciplinary research community. During the workshop, speakers will share their recent research, which may have been published elsewhere, but which may not be widely known outside of their own disciplines, and each session will include substantial time for discussion. 

The program of last year's workshop along with video recordings of its talks can be found at

I have pasted a longer call for participation/abstracts below this message. We look forward to receiving your abstracts on or before August 5th, 2010, and to seeing you again at NYU in September.

Best regards,


(On behalf of Sinan Aral, Foster Provost and Arun Sundararajan)


Call for Participation and Abstract Submission: The Second Workshop on Information in Networks

September 24-25, 2010, New York City

Sponsored in part by the Initiative on Information in Networks

Organizers: Sinan Aral, Foster Provost, Arun Sundararajan

We are pleased to announce the second Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN). Last year’s workshop brought together a small yet influential community around topics that at their core involve ‘information in networks‘—its distribution, its diffusion, its value, and its influence on social and economic outcomes. Scholars from fields as diverse as computer science, economics, information systems, marketing, physics, political science and sociology came together to lay the foundation for ongoing relationships and to build a multidisciplinary research community. This year’s workshop will build on this foundation toward bringing more innovative content and vibrant discussion to the forum. Speakers will share their recent research, which may have been published elsewhere, but which may not be widely known outside of their own disciplines. The workshop will combine invited and contributed talks with poster presentations selected from a pool of submitted abstracts. We hope the energy of New York City will inspire the gathering, and that our participants will leave with new ideas and a renewed sense of community. 

Abstract Submission


Contributing participants will be selected based on the extended abstracts they submit. Please submit an extended abstract of no more than 3 pages to Shirley Lau ([log in to unmask]) on or before August 5, 2010. We invite descriptions of research about any interesting aspect of information in networks. We especially hope to include some research presentations around the topic of “information networks in development”.

Abstracts will be evaluated as they are submitted until the program is filled.  Space is quite limited, so interested researchers should submit their abstracts as soon as possible. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by August 20, 2010 and will be asked to submit a final 5-page version (including references and figures), by September 1 , 2010.  These accepted abstracts will be printed and distributed as informal workshop notes. Members of the press may attend the event and submission therefore indicates no objection to their presence during presentations.

Confirmed Speakers (as of July 1, 2010)


Ron Burt, University of Chicago

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University

Nathan Eagle, MIT

Sanjeev Goyal, Cambridge University

Matthew Jackson, Stanford University

Tony Jebara, Columbia University

David Jensen, University of Massachussetts

Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Kranton, Duke University

David Lazer, Northeastern University

Mark Newman, University of Michigan (tentative)

Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT

Alessandro Vespignani, Indiana University

Stanley Wasserman, Indiana University

Duncan Watts, Yahoo! Research

Key Dates


Workshop Dates: September 24-25, 2010.

Abstract Submission: August 5, 2010.

Notification to Authors: August 20, 2010.

Final Abstract Submission: September 1, 2010.

Early Registration: September 5, 2010


Arun Sundararajan
Associate Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow

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