Welcome to Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS)!

CASOS brings together computer science, dynamic network analysis and the empirical study of complex socio-technical systems. Computational and social network techniques are combined to develop a better understanding of the fundamental principles of organizing, coordinating, managing and destabilizing systems of intelligent adaptive agents (human and artificial) engaged in real tasks at the team, organizational or social level. Whether the research involves the development of metrics, theories, computer simulations, toolkits, or new data analysis techniques advances in computer science are combined with a deep understanding of the underlying cognitive, social, political, business and policy issues.

CASOS is a university wide center drawing on a group of world id faculty, students and research and administrative staff in multiple departments at Carnegie Mellon. CASOS fosters multi-disciplinary research in which students and faculty work with students and faculty in other universities as well as scientists and practitioners in industry and government. CASOS research leads the way in examining network dynamics and in linking social networks to other types of networks such as knowledge networks. This work has led to the development of new statistical toolkits for the collection and analysis of network data (Ora and AutoMap). Additionally, a number of validated multi-agent network models in areas as diverse as network evolution , bio-terrorism, covert networks, and organizational adaptation have been developed and used to increase our understanding of real socio-technical systems.

CASOS research spans multiple disciplines and technologies. Social networks, dynamic networks, agent based models, complex systems, link analysis, entity extraction, link extraction, anomaly detection, and machine learning are among the methodologies used by members of CASOS to tackle real world problems.

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Recent News:

  • October 2014 - Ph.D. student Will Frankenstein is awarded $1000 in research funding from CMU Crosswalk Program, Graduate Student Small Project Help (GuSH) for his work titled "Social Media ACTion: Nukes, the Arab Spring, and Affect Control Theory."
  • September 2014 - The Fall semester has begun and CASOS is happy to welcome Matthew Benigni as the newest addition to the lab. Matt is working towards his Ph.D. and arrives from the USMA. Welcome!
  • August 2014 - Two CASOS students present their research this month. Kenny Joseph presents his work on group-based constructuralism at the annual American Sociological Association meeting. Wei Wei presents his work on dynamic network data at the 20th ACM SIGKDD.

Recent Web Updates

  • March 12 - New student version of ORA is now available
  • March 07 - Registration for Summer Institute 2014 is open on the CMU Conferences & Events website. You can find the link on the event page.
  • February 25 - Updated student version of ORA is now available for download
  • December 17 - CASOS Summer Institute Date Announced