Author Archive: Diego

Large teams develop and small teams disrupt science and technology

A research article by Lingfei Wu, Dashun Wang, and James A. Evans. One of the most universal trends in science and technology today is the growth of large teams in all areas, as solitary researchers and small teams diminish in prevalence. Increases in team size have been attributed to the specialization of scientific activities3,... read more »


Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Paper by Nir Grinberg, Kenneth Joseph, Lisa Friedland, Briony Swire-Thompson, and David Lazer The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. We examined exposure to and sharing of fake news by registered voters on Twitter and found that engagement... read more »


My Dream Team paper accepted at CHI 2019

A My Dream Team paper titled “Who Would You Like to Work With? Use of Individual Characteristics and Social Networks in Team Formation Systems,” was accepted at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI). In this paper, we conducted a field study where 530 participants used a team formation... read more »


Contractor provides a seminar at PUC in Santiago

Contractor provides a seminar at PUC in Santiago

Contractor, N. (2019, January). “Avances y proyecciones de Computational Social Sciences”. Presented at the Ponticia Universidad Católica de Chile, Facultad de Comunicaciones, Santiago, Chile.  read more »


How algorithmic popularity bias hinders or promotes quality

By Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Azadeh Nematzadeh, Filippo Menczer & Alessandro Flammini Algorithms that favor popular items are used to help us select among many choices, from top-ranked search engine results to highly-cited scientific papers. The goal of these algorithms is to identify high-quality items such as... read more »


Diego Gómez-Zará presents at MESO 2018

Diego Gómez-Zará presents at MESO 2018

Diego Gómez-Zará, a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior, is going to present at the Center for the Study on Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), University of San Andrés. The presentation is titled “How can we assemble better interdisciplinary teams? The ‘My Dream Team’ experience at the... read more »


Aaron M. Schecter receives the J. Richard Hackman Award at INGRoup 2018

Aaron M. Schecter receives the J. Richard Hackman Award at INGRoup 2018

Aaron M. Schecter, SONIC alumnus and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, received the 2018 J. Richard Hackman Award for his Ph.D. dissertation at INGroup 2018. The conference recognizes recent graduate students whose dissertation shows the greatest potential to advance the study of groups. (more…)  read more »


SONIC Lab presented at INGRoup 2018

On July 19-21, Professor Noshir Contractor, the SONIC doctoral students Diego Gómez-Zará and Brennan Antone, and the SONIC Research Assistant Professor Alina Lungeanu presented at the 13th Annual INGRoup Conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. (more…)  read more »


Kyosuke Tanaka and Diego Gómez-Zará attend SICSS Chicago 2018

The SONIC Ph.D. students, Kyouske Tanaka and Diego Gómez-Zará, participated at the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, in Chicago. The purpose of the Summer Institute was to bring together graduate students and early career researchers in both social science and data science. Content included live-streamed... read more »


How network theory predicts the value of Bitcoin

A recent research by Spencer Wheatley at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and a few colleagues shows that the key measure of value for cryptocurrencies is the network of people who use them. What’s more, they say, once Bitcoin is valued in this way it becomes possible to see when it is overvalued and perhaps even to spot the... read more »