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Workshop on Information and Decisions in Social Networks

November 8-9, 2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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, 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), Media Lab, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Registration is now open. Please visit the workshop website to complete your registration. We have limited seatingavailable 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 manuscriptsin 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


Frank Alexander, LANL

Vincent Blondel, UCLouvain (Belgium) and LIDS, MIT

Costis Daskalakis, CSAIL, MIT

David Gamarnik, Sloan School, MIT

Asu Ozdaglar, LIDS, MIT

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, Media Lab, MIT

Devavrat Shah, LIDS, MIT

John Tsitsiklis, 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
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