***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** *CALL FOR PAPERS:* *Workshop on Information and Decisions in Social Networks* *November 8-9, 2012* *Massachusetts Institute of Technology***** http://wids.lids.mit.edu/ Interdisciplinary workshop for researchers working on information and decisions in social networks. During the last decade, it has become clear that network interactions have a much larger role in our lives than had previously been appreciated: social networks have a defining impact on not only consumer choice but are also central in social and political decisions ranging from the political discourse in the blogosphere to the organization and coordination of protests in the Arab spring. Similarly financial networks seem at the heart of the 2008 crash. Network effects are now seen as major elements in other domains with human decisions including healthcare, public health, smart power grids, urban transportation, and more. As a consequence, both businesses and government are increasingly looking to build new types of networks to improve management abilities. This workshop is intended to bring together researchers from different communities working on information propagation and decision making in social networks to investigate both rigorous models that highlight capabilities and limitations of such networks as well as empirical and simulations studies of how people exchange information, influence each other, make decisions and develop social interactions. The workshop is organized by the virtual center Connection Science and Engineering, <http://connection.mit.edu/> a multidisciplinary and interdepartmental MIT center that focuses on developing an integrated framework for the study of the connected world we live in. The center is hosted jointly by Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)<http://lids.mit.edu/>, Media Lab <http://www.media.mit.edu/>, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) <http://www.csail.mit.edu/>.**** ** ** Registration is now open. Please visit the workshop website http://wids.lids.mit.edu/ to complete your registration. We have limited seating available and registration will be processed on a first-come first-serve basis. ** ** *Submission Instructions:* All contributions, theoretical, empirical, and experimental, on social networks are welcome. There will be no published proceeding. The material submitted to the workshop may also be submitted elsewhere. Authors are invited to submit an abstract of one to three pages by the deadline of September 15, 2012. Submissions should include the title, author(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es) on the first page. Pages of the abstract should not be numbered. Electronic submission of manuscripts in PDF format is required. Please send your manuscript directly to [log in to unmask] by September 15, 2012. **** *Important Dates* June 2012: Registration begins **** September 15, 2012: Submission deadline **** October 10, 2012: Program available **** November 8-9, 2012: Workshop**** ** ** *Organizers* Frank Alexander, LANL**** Vincent Blondel, UCLouvain (Belgium) and LIDS, MIT**** Costis Daskalakis <http://people.csail.mit.edu/costis/>, CSAIL, MIT**** David Gamarnik <http://www.mit.edu/%7Egamarnik/home.html>, Sloan School, MIT**** Asu Ozdaglar <http://web.mit.edu/asuman/www/>, LIDS, MIT**** Alex 'Sandy' Pentland <http://web.media.mit.edu/%7Esandy/>, Media Lab, MIT**** Devavrat Shah <http://www.mit.edu/%7Edevavrat/>, LIDS, MIT**** John Tsitsiklis <http://www.mit.edu/%7Ejnt/home.html>, LIDS, MIT**** ** ** *Scientific committee* * * Daron Acemoglu **** Itai Ashlagi**** Laszlo Barabasi**** Kostas Bimpikis **** Larry Blume **** Damon Centola **** Munther Dahleh **** Costis Daskalakis ** Ben Golub **** Marta Gonzalez **** Sanjeev Goyal ** Julien Hendrickx **** Cesar Hidalgo **** Ali Jadbabaie **** Patrick Jaillet **** Sep Kamvar **** Gary King**** David Lazer **** Jure Leskovec **** Andrew W. Lo **** Mihai Manea **** Andrew McAfee **** Christos Papadimitriou **** Pablo Parrilo **** R. Ravi**** Whitman Richards **** Alessandro Vespignani **** John Williams **** * * * * * * ** ** ** ** If you have questions, problems, comments, etc, send them to [log in to unmask] Thanks! -- Brian C. Keegan Ph.D. Student - Media, Technology, & Society School of Communication, Northwestern University Science of Networks in Communities, Laboratory for Collaborative Technology _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.