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.
ESRC and NCeSS funded the provision of 8 Access Grids (AGs) for social science departments across the UK over the past year. In order to demonstrate and to encourage the use of AGs, a social science seminar series to be delivered over AG has been devised. Seminars will be held every fortnight on a rotation basis at the eight institutions who received the AGs.
The first seminar in the series is being given on 16 February 2006 by Professor Noshir Contractor from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.
Some of the confirmed presentations include:
From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure
Biodiversity and the Bioeconomy
Why is so much research irrelevant?
The Age of Networks:
Social, Cultural, and Technological Connections
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
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