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CASOS Summer Institute 2012


Date: June 11-17, 2012

Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA


Registration Page:



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

    * Basic Approach to building and evaluating multi-agent simulation

    * Simulation model validation and docking

    * Hands-on introduction to CASOS tools: ORA, AutoMap, and Construct 



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

    *Additional Faculty TBA



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.



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 information is on the website:


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information such as What to Bring, Where to Stay, Commonly Asked Questions,
Parking, Maps, etc.





Sarah Tedrow-Azizi

Executive Assistant
CASOS, ISR, Carnegie Mellon University
4212 Wean Hall 

 <tel:412-268-2418> 412-268-3163

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Sarah Tedrow-Azizi

Executive Assistant
CASOS, ISR, Carnegie Mellon University
4212 Wean Hall 

 <tel:412-268-2418> 412-268-3163

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