Leveraging Computational Social Science
to Address Grand Societal Challenges
Thursday June 18, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall Room 4016 Hunt Library
Professor Noshir Contractor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University
Abstract- The increased access to big data about social phenomena in general, and network data in particular, has been a windfall for social scientists. But these exciting opportunities must be accompanied with careful reflection on how big data can motivate new theories and methods. Using examples of his research in the area of networks, Contractor will argue that Computational Social Science serves as the foundation to unleash the intellectual insights locked in big data. More importantly, he will illustrate how these insights offer social scientists in general, and social network scholars in particular, an unprecedented opportunity to engage more actively in monitoring, anticipating and designing interventions to address grand societal challenges.
Sponsored by the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Department of Communication.