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

Friday 24 March 2006

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.

Click here for a list of speakers and links to video streaming of their presentations

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