[Busec] Public Lecture by Jon Kleinberg at MSR: Dec. 7th

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Wed Nov 9 13:41:36 EST 2011


Early warning for a talk at MSR that is highly recommended.

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WHO:                          Jon Kleinberg
AFFILIATION:             Cornell
TITLE:                         Computational Perspectives on Social
Phenomena in On-Line Networks
HOST:                         Jennifer Chayes
WHEN:                        Wednesday December 7th
WHERE:                     Microsoft Conference Center located at One
Memorial Drive, First Floor, Cambridge, MA
TIME:                          4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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Abstract
With an increasing amount of social interaction taking place in the
digital domain, and often in public on-line settings, we are
accumulating enormous amounts of data about phenomena that were once
essentially invisible to us: the collective behavior and social
interactions of hundreds of millions of people, recorded at
unprecedented levels of scale and resolution. Analyzing this data
computationally offers new insights into the design of on-line
applications, as well as a new perspective on fundamental questions in
the social sciences. We discuss how this perspective can be applied to
questions involving network structure and the dynamics of interaction
among individuals, with a particular focus on the ways in which
evaluation, opinion, and in some cases polarization manifest
themselves at large scales in the on-line domain

Biography
Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Computer
Science Department at Cornell University. His research focuses on
issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis
on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other
on-line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, and serves on the Computer and Information Science and
Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee of the National Science
Foundation, and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
(CSTB) of the National Research Council. He is the recipient of
MacArthur, Packard, and Sloan Foundation Fellowships, as well as
awards including the Nevanlinna Prize from the International
Mathematical Union and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the
Computing Sciences
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to the name of the MSR event you are attending and ask them to direct
you to the appropriate floor. Typically the talks are located in the
First Floor Conference Center, however sometimes the location may
change.



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