New publication at Journal of Communication!

Congratulations to authors Drs. Sophia Fu, Michelle Schumate, and Noshir Contractor!

Citation: Fu, J. S., Shumate, M., & Contractor, N. (2020). Organizational and individual innovation decisions in an interorganizational system: Social influence and decision-making authority. Journal of Communication, 70(4). doi:10.1093/joc/jqaa018

PhD Student Diego Gómez-Zará winning Microsoft Research Grant for his dissertation

Congratulations to TSB grad student Diego Gómez Zará who won a Microsoft Research Grant for his dissertation, “Using Online Team Recommender Systems to Form Diverse Teams!” The grant supports the research of underrepresented students in the field of computing who are finishing their doctoral degrees at North American universities. Recipients receive up to $25,000 for the research and the award rate is at 4%!

Read more about Diego’s research here and grant information here:!grant-recipients

Conference proceeding accepted at International Astronautical Congress 2020

Congratulations to graduate student Kyosuke Tanaka, Dr. Noshir Contractor, and Dr. Leslie DeChurch whose abstract “The Impact of Network Acuity on Information Sharing under Communication Delays in Space Multiteam Systems” is accepted at International Astronautical Congress 2020! Their full paper will appear in IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition 2020.

ICA 2020 Awards and highlights

ICA 2020 was a big success for SONIC! Special congratulations to alumna Dr. Brooke Foucault Welles, Associate Professor at Northeastern University, who was awarded the Applied/Public Policy Research Award; 1st year graduate student Jasmine Wu in the Media, Technology, and Society program, whose paper was recognized as top student paper at the Communication & Technology Division;  Director Dr. Noshir Contractor who was nominated to run for ICA President!

PhD candidate Diego Gómez-Zará and others received Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2020

Congratulations to lead author, Diego Gómez-Zará, 4th year PhD candidate in Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) on receiving Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2020 for his paper “The Impact of Displaying Diversity Information on the Formation of Self-assembling Teams.”

This paper is co-authored with our data science intern, Mengzi Guo, undergraduate student with majors in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences, as well as Professor and Director Noshir Contractor, and Professor Leslie DeChurch.

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Noshir Contractor honored at AAAS Fellows induction ceremony

Congratulations to Noshir Contractor on being inducted into The 2019 AAAS class of 2019 Fellows last Saturday! He is recognized for his intellectual leadership in the development of computational social science and web science, as well as his contributions to network science theory and methodology.


Congrats to SONIC PhD students Brennan Antone and Niloufar Izadinia on winning NASA HRP Grant Augmentation Awards!

Our graduate students in IEMS, Brennan Antone and Niloufar Izadinia, are selected as winners of NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) Grant Augmentation Competition. Brennan will work on “POLARIS: Prescriptions Optimally Learned Assessing Risk in Space” (PI: Noshir Contractor) while Niloufar will work on “Measuring and Predicting Performance for Individuals, Teams and Systems in Interdependent Crew Tasks (MAPPITS-ICT)” (PI: Leslie DeChurch).