Seminar Announcement, 10/17/2017
Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 10/17/2017
Tuesday, 10/17/2017
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Chaoming Song
University of Miami
Department of Physics

"Quantifying Group Dynamics in Online Social Media"

ABSTRACT


The emergent processes driving social dynamics are a product of complex interactions among large numbers of individuals. In this talk, I will show several examples of group dynamics across various online social media. We will focus on sudden uprisings occurred in social unrests, providing evidence of a remarkable gestational phase marked by self-organized aggregation through Social Networking Sites. Development hyper-escalates ahead of an uprising, enabling prediction of the real-world onset with substantial lead-times. Following a close parallel with the correlation clustering in quasi-particles and cyber-enabled contentious politics, we develop a theory of multi-agent adaptation agnostic of country and language.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

- University of Miami, Assistant Professor in Physics, 2013/09-present
- Northeastern University, Research Assistant Professor in Physics, 2012/08-2013/07
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Research Associate, 2009/01-2013/07
- Northeastern University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008/03-2012/01
- City University of New York, Research Assistant, 2003/09-2008/02
- City University of New York, Teaching Assistant, 2001/09-2003/08

RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Professor Song's interests lie in the intersection of statistical physics, network science, biological science and computational social science, broadly exploring patterns behind petabytes of data.



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