Generative Modeling of Human Behavior and Social Interactions Using Abductive Analysis Abstract: Abduction is an inference approach that uses data and observations to identify plausible (and preferably, best) explanations for phenomena. Applications of abduction (e.g., robotics, genetics, image understanding) have largely... read more »


How Can Social Science Become More Solutions-Oriented?

A conversation between researchers at Kellogg and Microsoft explores how behavioral science can best be applied:  read more »


Seniors’ usage of mobile social network sites

Seniors’ usage of mobile social network sites: Applying theories of innovation diffusion and uses and gratifications Myung Ja Kim, Choong-Ki Lee, Noshir S. Contractor Abstract: Seniors are substantial users of mobile devices to communicate and participate in mobile social network sites (MSNS) to interact, but there... read more »


SONIC Lab presented at Academy of Management 2018

On August 11-14, Professor Noshir Contractor and SONIC Alumna Jacqueline Ng presented at the 2018 Academy of Management Conference held in Chicago, Illinois. Contractor, N. S. Some Assembly Required: Teaming in the 21st Century. Paper presented at the Innovations in Teaching Teamwork PDW Workshop Contractor, N. S. Multi-theoretical... read more »


IIT Madras to collaborate with Northwestern University for research in data science

From the Economic Times: Sreeradha Basu Aug 14, 2018, 03.39 PM IST IIT Madras has tied up with Northwestern University, US, for carrying out broad-based research collaboration in data science, web science, network science and computational social science. The institutes signed an MoU recently to launch a joint project... 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 »


Research Lab Manager Position

The SONIC research group and ATLAS laboratory at Northwestern University invite applications for a research lab manager to support lab directors Noshir Contractor (SONIC) and Leslie DeChurch (ATLAS) on administrative and operational aspects of their research portfolios. The lab manager will be responsible for supporting... 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 »


Koustav Rudra attended SIGIR 2018 Conference

Koustav Rudra presented his work on “Identifying Sub-events and Summarizing Disaster-Related Information from Microblogs” in The 41st International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval. The conference was held at Ann Arbor, Michigan from 8th to 12th July, 2018.  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 »