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).


Contractor presented at the 2019 Complex Networks conference

On December 12th, Prof. Noshir Contractor presented two research articles at the 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications, Lisbon, Portugal.


Antone, B., Gupta, A., Bell, S., DeChurch, L., & Contractor, N. (2020). Testing Influence of Network Structure on Team Performance Using STERGM-Based Controls. Complex Networks and Their Applications VIII, 1018–1030. Springer International Publishing.

Noshir Contractor named ACM Fellow for advancements in computing

Congratulations, Noshir!

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Noshir Contractor as one of its 2019 ACM Fellows.

ACM Fellows comprise an elite group that represents less than 1% of the association’s global membership. This year’s class was selected for far-reaching accomplishments that define the digital age and greatly impact our professional and personal lives.

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Contractor gave keynote at annual V2V summit at Chicago

On November 23rd, Noshir Contractor was invited to give a keynote at annual V2V summit at downtown Chicago. Started in 2013, the summit is a broad “Entrepreneurship+” platform that connects US-based innovators and entrepreneurs with international investors, corporations, and strategic partners.

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Contractor, N. (November 23, 2019). Keynote address at the 2019 Annual V2V Summit, Chicago, IL.