The Center for Advanced Study’s (CAS) interdisciplinary initiative for academic year 2005-06 will examine 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.
During the spring 2006 semester, CAS, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will co-sponsor a series of speakers on a wide range of network topics. Programming of this series was led by CAS Resident Associate Noshir Contractor, leader of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group at NCSA and a professor in the Department of Speech Communication.
The 2006 Santa Barbara Forum on Digital Transitions: Social Collaboration and Dynamic Communities is the first in a series of annual meetings exploring cutting-edge trends and long-term social transformations resulting from people?s use of information technologies… The Forum brings together leading thinkers from universities, industry, media, foundations, and the not-for-profit world to exchange ideas about the dynamic interplay among information technology, social activity, and human psychological processes.
The Communities and Technologies biennial international conference serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities – both physical and virtual – and information and communication technologies. Researchers studying aspects of this interaction between communities and technologies, regardless of disciplinary background, are invited to submit original contributions to the Third International Conference on Communities and Technologies.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania invites you to join the best minds from a variety of fields to explore the effects of digital links on peopleâ€™s ability to understand and care about their larger society.
Universities have got to focus their attention on computers and the Internet. There are far too many understudied phenomena bubbling on the Net, and it’s time for academia to wake up. Valuable time is being wasted.
Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, who knew Google’s co-founders while the four studied at Stanford University together, are launching an ambitious new search engine company, Kosmix.
They’re betting they can challenge Google on many types of searches by gleaning more about the overall content of Web pages searched.
Kosmix hopes to make online search even better and more relevant than Google — especially when people are researching information on specific topics.
So far, Google, has searched for pages based on a sort of popularity contest. You enter a word or phrase, and Google will search its database of Web pages to find out which pages with that word or phrase have been linked to the most. Google has made many refinements, but a page’s popularity — not necessarily its content — still drives its approach.
Walt Fisher Lecture: Noshir Contractor
February 2, 2006
Annenberg Room 204
Please join communication school director Larry Gross for the annual Walt Fisher Lecture, honoring emeritus professor and former communication school director Walt Fisher. This year’s lecture will be presented by Noshir Contractor, communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A USC Annenberg alumnus, Prof. Contractor is co-author, with Prof. Peter Monge, of Theories of Communication Networks. His presentation is entitled “From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure.
For presentation click here or go to: http://www.iknowinc.com/~nosh/Fisher-2006.ppt