SONIC at the 2024 SIOP Annual Conference

This Friday, April 19th, SONIC Lab members will participate in a panel hosted by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be joined by Megan Chan, Suzanne T. Bell, John E. Mathieu, Sydney Begerowski, Hancheng Cao, and Johnathan Kush in a presentation at 9am on Friday morning. The panel is titled, “Text to Teamwork: Decoding Team Dynamics with Computer-Aided Text Analysis.” Learn more about the 2024 SIOP Conference here.

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SONIC Lab Hosts P.h.D. Candidate Hancheng Cao

This Wednesday (4/17), the SONIC Lab hosted Stanford University P.h.D. candidate Hancheng Cao to give talk on his current network research. Hancheng’s work focuses on evaluating and designing computing systems for the future of work. The presentation included analysis of various projects to exemplify the opportunities to leverage computation to better understand, support and augment work practices. Thank you, Hancheng! Be sure to watch a recording of the presentation here: https://youtu.be/pOMC82MtOUM

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Noshir Contractor to Give Presentation at Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Tomorrow, April 2nd, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be giving a special lecture for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi’s Department of English Journalism. Prof. Contractor’s presentation is titled “Leveraging Network Science and Big Data to Address Grand Societal Challenges” and will take place from 3-5pm at Mahatma Gandhi Manch.

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11th Annual ANN-SONIC International Workshop on Network Theory

This past weekend, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor participated in the 11th annual ANN-SONIC International Workshop on Network Theory. The event was hosted at the University of Southern California and was centered around the topic of Networks in Translation: Moving Network Research into Social Practice. The pillars of focus that were discussed over the course of the weekend include clinical, community, economic, and policy impacts of network research. The event was co-hosted by the SONIC lab as well as the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) lab at USC. Learn more about the event here: https://lnkd.in/gcfW_T5G

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Northwestern IPR Invites SONIC Director Noshir Contractor to Give Talk

SONIC Director Noshir Contractor gave a talk on Monday, February 26, as part of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) programming. The talk began at noon in Chambers Hall on the Evanston campus, and is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Winter 2024 Colloquium Series, where IPR researchers from around the University share their latest policy-relevant research. Prof. Contractor’s talk focuses on “People Analytics: Using Digital Exhaust to Leverage Network Insights in the Algorithmically Infused Workplace.”

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SONIC Director Noshir Contractor to Present at Generative AI+Entertainment Conference

Today, SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will be participating in an event organized by Northwestern’s School of Communication and Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law. The conference is taking place today (2/1), in Los Angeles California and is sponsored by law firm Loeb & Loeb, LLP. The event features various speakers to explain how generative AI is changing the conversation in entertainment, technology, and law. Prof. Contractor will be presenting with Prof. Duri Long (assistant professor of Communication Studies) during Panel 2, which is focused on generative AI and creative output. This portion of the conference will aim to answer the following questions– how do creators interact with AI? Who owns creative products co-created with AI? To read more about the event, click here.

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McCormick Global Initiatives Hosts International Partner University Workshop

Director of McCormick Engineering Global Initiatives Matthew Grayson hosted the Four Corners Virtual Workshop on Sustainability– a series of small-group research brainstorming sessions between four international universities (Northwestern, Tel Aviv University (TAU), National Taiwan University (NTU), and the University of Hamburg (UH)). With so much academic talent in one place, Grayson relied on SONIC Director Noshir Contractor’s new match-making algorithm to formulate groups of between 3-6 attendees, generating 47 research collaborations on dozens of topics between combinations of researchers across all participating universities. SONIC Alum Diego Gomez-Zara worked together with Grayson and the Global Initiatives Staff to compile a survey that matched researchers and automated the team-building process. Congrats Diego! The workshop noted a highly successful example of SONIC research initiatives in action. For more information on the process and workshop, read more.

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Noshir Contractor Gives Network Talk at THINK EXPONENTIAL Workshop

Today (December 4th, 2023), SONIC Director Noshir Contractor will lead a talk in Dubai as part of COP28’s THINK EXPONENTIAL Workshop. Prof Contractor’s “Think Networks” talk will be centered around the question: “are you using the power of social?” Discussions will focus on how to make social networks work for us. The leadership workshop, spread over two days, is sponsored by IBM.

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