CASOS 2019 Summer Institute

First day of training is Monday June 10th, instruction to begin at 8:30am.

June 10 - 16, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA
Gates/Hillman Center, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Room 6115, 6th floor

Summer Institute Participant Portal

How to Register:

Registration is now open.

Carnegie Mellon Campus & Event Services website, Register Here


The purpose of the CASOS Summer Institute is to provide and intense and hands-on introduction to network analytics and visualization from a combined social-network, network-science, link-analysis and dynamic network analysis perspective. Particular attention will be paid to the application of the associated techniques and theories to complex socio-technical systems with dynamic and/or geo-spatial features. Attendees will learn to:

Participants learn about current trends, practices, and tools available for social networks analysis, link analysis, simulation, and multi-agent modeling. Basic social network and dynamic network representations, statistics, analysis and visualization techniques are covered. Techniques for designing, analyzing, and validating computational models with and without network components are presented. There is also an emphasis on appropriate and inappropriate ways to critique computational models and network analyses. The strengths and weaknesses of computational and network approaches to examining complex socio-technical issues are discussed. Multiple computational platforms are explored and hands-on experience are provided. An examination of social network methods, complexity theory and procedures for integrating network-based metrics and statistics into computational models completes the program.

The software tools students will learn and work with include: ORA, AutoMap, and Construct, which are network analysis, information extraction, and simulations tools, respectively, that are developed at CASOS and widely used globally in business, government, and education.

Text analysis, network analysis and multi-agent modeling as it applies to the extraction, analysis, and modeling of networks will be covered. Participants will be able to complete the institute without programming skills or in-depth understanding of particular social theories. Computer programming, statistical analysis and basic social or organizational theory are not included under the topics covered.

Students are encouraged to bring their own data and to learn to use the CASOS tools to code, analyze, reason about and visualize there data. Hands-on instruction and assistance will be provided on how to import data to ORA from CSV files, SQL databases, email servers, UCINET formats, PenLink, I2/Analyst Notebook and other raw data formats. Students will work through a tool chain where they extract networks from texts, analyze those networks, and the using simulation techniques evolve those networks.


The hands-on curriculum builds on both social network and computational analysis techniques, and illustrates how to use these techniques to study social, organizational and policy issues.

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Who participates?

Participation is open to graduate students, faculty, and personnel from industry, education and government.

Registration Fees*:

*Please note: we accept checks, VISA and MasterCard for payment. Please make checks out to Carnegie Mellon University.

Questions?: Contact us by email: casos [at] cmu [dot] edu, phone: 412-268-3163

How to Register:

Registration is now open.

Carnegie Mellon Campus & Event Services website, Register Here


On-campus Accommodations
There is a block of rooms reserved at Resnik House adjacent to campus. Interested participants can add this housing option when you register for the workshop. Housing will close on Friday May 10, 2019.

Participants can check in on Sunday June 9th after 3:00pm. All participants must check out by Sunday June 16th at 12:00pm.

All suites are single gender.

Local Hotel Accommodations
Carnegie Mellon University has many local hotels in the area around campus that offers amenities like free WiFi and transportation to and from campus. You can find some information about these hotels on the page Where to Stay. While making your reservations, mention that you are here for a workshop at Carnegie Mellon University to get our corporate rate. If you have any additional questions on lodging, please contact the CASOS center at 412-268-3163.

Bring your own machine:

For more information on computers and software, please visit the What to Bring page.


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