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*CASOS Summer Institute 2012*

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*Date*: June 11-17, 2012

*Place*: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA

*Website*: http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/summer_institute/2012/

*Registration
Page:*http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/summer_institute/2012/register.php

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*Topics Covered Include:*

    * Social Network Analysis
    * Dynamic Network Analysis (multi-mode, multi-network)
    * Link analysis
    * Network grouping techniques - Cliques, fuzzy groups, Newman-Girvan
    * Unstructured text extraction to network representation, and
analysis techniques
    * Basic Approach to building and evaluating multi-agent simulation
systems
    * Simulation model validation and docking
    * Hands-on introduction to CASOS tools: ORA, AutoMap, and Construct


*Faculty:*

    *Kathleen M. Carley, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, Director of CASOS

    *Additional Faculty TBA

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*Purpose:*

The purpose of the CASOS Summer Institute is to provide an intense and
hands-on introduction to dynamic network analysis and computational
modeling of complex socio-technical systems. Both network analysis and
multi-agent modeling will be covered. Participants will be able to
complete the institute without programming skills or in-depth
understanding of particular social theories. Computer programming and
basic social or organizational theory are not included under the topics
covered.



Participants learn about current trends, practices, and tools available
for social networks analysis, link analysis, simulation, and multi-agent
modeling. Basic social network and dynamic network representations,
statistics, analysis and visualization techniques are covered.
Techniques for designing, analyzing, and validating computational models
with and without network components are presented. There is also an
emphasis on appropriate and inappropriate ways to critique computational
models and network analyses. The strengths and weaknesses of
computational and network approaches to examining complex
socio-technical issues are discussed. Multiple computational platforms
are explored and hands-on experience are provided. An examination of
social network methods, complexity theory and procedures for integrating
network-based metrics and statistics into computational models completes
the program.



The software tools students will learn and work with include: ORA,
AutoMap, and Construct, which are network analysis, information
extraction, and simulations tools, respectively, that are developed at
CASOS and widely used globally in business, government, and education.



Students are encouraged to bring their own data and to learn to use the
CASOS tools to code, analyze, reason about and visualize there data.
Hands-on instruction and assistance will be provided on how to import
data to ORA from CSV files, SQL databases, email servers, UCINET
formats, PenLink, I2/Analyst Notebook and other raw data formats.
Students will work through a tool chain where they extract networks from
texts, analyze those networks, and the using simulation techniques
evolve those networks.



*Curriculum:*

The hands-on curriculum builds on both social network and computational
analysis techniques, and illustrates how to use these techniques to
study social, organizational and policy issues.


*Who participates?*

Participation is open to graduate students, faculty, and personnel from
industry, education and government. Due to space restrictions we are
limited in the number of participants, so register early.


*Registration:*

Registration information is on the website:
http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/summer_institute/2012/


A direct link to the registration page is:

http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/summer_institute/2012/register.php

*Please visit the
website:*http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/summer_institute/2012/ for
additional information such as What to Bring, Where to Stay, Commonly
Asked Questions, Parking, Maps, etc.

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