Author Archive: SONIC Tech

SONIC Researchers highlighted by the Daily Northwestern for work on MOOCs

In a recent article entitled “Nine faculty groups to receive grants for digital and online technology,” the Daily Northwestern singled out lab members Noshir Contractor, Seyed Iravani, and Jacqueline Ng for their work “designing Nebula, which is a graphical and networked discussion board to generate... read more »

 

SONIC Lab welcomes Dan Newman for his sabbatical research

SONIC Lab welcomes Dan Newman for his sabbatical research

Daniel A. Newman Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dan Newman is spending his sabbatical at SONIC doing research on team assembly, in collaboration with Marlon Twyman, Leslie DeChurch, and Noshir Contractor. These projects... read more »

 

“Tracking the Social Networks of Genes Disrupted in Complex Diseases”

“Tracking the Social Networks of Genes Disrupted in Complex Diseases”

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics reports on a recent study by a team of scientists from DCB, UNIL, SIB, CHUV, MIT and Harvard. The team tracked the social networks of genes disrupted in complex diseases. Taking inspiration from social networks, the researchers applied techniques similar to those used in SNA to gain... read more »

 

Noshir speaks at Lambda Pi Eta Choice Scholar Lecture

Noshir speaks at Lambda Pi Eta Choice Scholar Lecture

Lab Director, Noshir Contractor delivered a talk entitled “Leveraging Computational Social Science to address Grand Societal Challenges” as an invited member of the Lambda Pi Eta Choice Scholar Lecture Series at the University of California Santa Barbara on March 4th, 2016. Full Citation: Contractor, N. (March... read more »

 

“How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?”

“How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?”

This TED talk from Nicholas Christakis explores how social networks can be applied to understand many aspects of people’s lives. To illustrate this point, Christakis shows that close network ties with people who are obese increases someone obesity risk by 45%. The effect scales up to 3 degrees of separation.... read more »

 

“Twitter can predict hurricane damage as well as emergency agencies”

“Twitter can predict hurricane damage as well as emergency agencies”

John Bohannon of Science News reports on a recent study by Yury Kryvasheyeun, a research at Australia’s National Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence in Melbourne.Kryvasheyeun’s team demonstrated that twitter data collected during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 can be a better predictor... read more »

 

“Super Bowl Weaving Twitter”

“Super Bowl Weaving Twitter”

Check out this Superbowl 50 Twitter data interactive created by Luis Natera of cuidadpixel. Interestingly, Lady Gaga trends higher than either team that participated in the game. Natera highlights the differences between the people who tweet about artists vs about athletes as well as the powerful reach of advertisements... read more »

 

Congratulations to the Winter 2016 Data Science Interns

Congratulations to the Winter 2016 Data Science Interns

Congratulations to the Winter 2016 Data Science Interns! Thanks for your hard work this quarter and for your thoughtful final presentations. We look forward to seeing many of you again next quarter and wish you all the very best in your future endeavors!  read more »

 

Data Science Intern Awarded Northwestern Undergraduate Research Grant

Data Science Intern Awarded Northwestern Undergraduate Research Grant

Data Science Intern, Rachel Li was awarded a grant by the Northwestern University Office of Undergraduate Research to help conduct research on behalf of SONIC Lab through the Network Sciences Collaborative Technology Alliance at the United States Military Academy this spring. Rachel is involved in data preparation and analyses... read more »

 

“There’s hidden code inside Facebook that can let you stalk your friends’ sleep patterns”

“There’s hidden code inside Facebook that can let you stalk your friends’ sleep patterns”

Rafi Letzter of Tech Insider reports that Facebook Messenger has a feature capable of sending information about when other users are online to your computer in plain text. Soren Louv-Jansen used this to write a program that checked Facebook every ten minutes and recorded these timestamps. With that data, he could tell... read more »