The Age of Networks: Social, Cultural and Technological Connections Spring 2006


The Center for Advanced Study’s interdisciplinary initiative for academic year 2005-06 examines the workings of networks across the sciences,arts, and humanities. This project draws on scholarship in computer science, humanities, engineering, life sciences, law, organizational sciences and social sciences in order to take an in-depth look at socio-technical networks and theories for self-generating, self-organizing networks. It will undoubtedly reveal many ironies, ambiguities, and contradictions — precisely those shifting areas where we are likely to discover basic human and societal values.

CAS Resident Associates Nosh Contractor (Speech Communication) and Dan Schiller (Library and Information Science) coordinate this initiative.

This initiative is supported by: Beckman Institute; Center for Advanced Study; College of Business;
College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Medicine; Department of Anthropology; Department of Sociology; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Neuroscience Program; Office of the Chancellor; Program in Science, Technology, Information and Medicine; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Link to publication

Friday, March 10, 2006
Law in the Age of Networks: Implications of Network Science for Legal Analysis
4:00 pm
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Friday, April 14, 2006
Making Public-Service Telecommunications: Past and Present Challenges for Networked Information Infrastructures
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Speaker series coordinated by Noshir Contractor:

February 13, Stanley Wasserman (Sociology, Psychology, and Statistics, Indiana University
Statistical Analyses for Network Science

February 15,Nan Lin (Sociology, Duke University)
The Job Search in China

February 28, Michael Macy (Sociology, Cornell University)
Maybe It’s Not Such a Small World After All: Spatial Networks and Complex Contagions

March 6, Steve Corman (Communication, Arizona State University)
Network Models for the Analysis of Unstructured Text

March 10, Alex Vespignani (Informatics, Indiana University)
Network Science: From Konigsberg Bridge to the Internet Evolution
(part of the Law in the Age of Networks symposium)

March 14, Keith Hampton (Annenberg School)
Neighborhood Networks in the Information City

March 17, George Barnett (Communications, SUNY Buffalo)
A Longitudinal Analysis of the International Communication Network

March 31, Jaideep Srivastava (Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota)
Who think who know who? Socio-Cognitive Analysis of an Email Network

April 6, Michael North (Argonne National Laboratory)
Agent-based Modeling and Simulation of Networks

April 13, Katy Borner (Information Science, Indiana University)
Maps/Networks of Knowledge and Knowledge of Maps/Networks

April 18, John Padgett (Political Science, University of Chicago)
Organizational Invention and Elite Transformation: The Birth of Partnership Systems in Renaissance Florence

April 20, Reka Albert (Physics, Pennsylvania State)
Modeling the structure and dynamics of complex biological networks

April 25, Leslie Loew (Cell Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center)
Spatial Organization of Cellular Networks and Pathways

May 8, Carter Butts (Sociology, University of California at Irvine)
Modeling Communication Dynamics During Extreme Events: The Care of the World Trade Center Disaster

May 10, Robert Ackland (Centre for Social Research at the Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University)
Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON)

May 12, Raghu Ramakrishnan (Computer Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison)
Mass Collaboration for Customer Support: A Case Study of Online Social Networks