CASOS News 2014


  • Ghita Mezzour and Kathleen Carley's paper on Spam Diffusion is featured in Science Daily [link]. You may also access the paper from InderScience publishers.
  • Jürgen Pfeffer's research on bias in social media data sources is published in Science. The article "Social Media for Large Studies of Behavior" was coauthored with Derek Ruths of McGill Universitiy. You may also read a summary of the study in Forbes magazine
  • CASOS Prof. Jürgen Pfeffer's Intro to Network Science course hosts a student poster session.


  • CASOS 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."


  • Welcome to new CASOS Ph.D. student Matthew Benigni. Matthew comes to the program from the United States Military Academy and he is interested in scalable methodologies that link large disparate data sets to inform decision making.


  • CASOS Ph.D. student Kenny Joseph presents his research, "Group-based Constructuralism", at the Annual American Sociological Association student meeting in Washington, D.C.


June 2014

  • CASOS PhD students Kenny Joseph and Wei Wei were both selected to each receive $500 in Graduate Student Assembly/Provost Conference Funds from Carnegie Mellon University. The goal of this funding is to enable more Carnegie Mellon graduate students to either attend or make presentations at key conferences in their fields. Kenny and Wei will present their research at the ACM SIGKDD conference in August.

  • CASOS Summer Institute 2014 is taking place on the Carnegie Mellon Campus from June 15-22. Visit the SI page for more information or registration.

  • Prof. Jurgen Pfeffer is giving an invited talk at Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe's largest science meeting. He will give a talk on "Visual analytics in mapping of social-semantic networks."

May 2014

  • On May 7 Prof. Jurgen Pfeffer travelled to Vienna, Austria to give a One Day workshop on creating and handling network data related to studying social networks.

  • From May 27-31, CASOS Ph.D. student Wei Wei will travel and present the paper "Real Time Closeness Betweeness Centrality Calculations on Streaming Network Data" co-authored with Prof. Kathleen M. Carley at the 2014 BIGDATA/SOCIALCOM/CYBERSECURITY conference. Visit the website to view the conference agenda and presentations.

April 2014

  • CMU-CASOS indonesia team - Kathleen M. Carley, Jurgen Pfeffer, Peter Landwehr, Wei Wei, Momin Malik present findings on use of twitter to support disaster response in Indonesia at University Pittsburgh Sees conference.

  • CASOS Ph.D. student Kenny Joseph and Prof. Kathleen Carley publish paper, "Two 1%s don't make a whole: Comparing simultaneous samples from Twitter's Streaming API" at 2014 International Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling and Prediction Conference (SBP '14).

March 2014

  • Assistant Research Prof. Jurgen Pfeffer gives seminar talk to CMU School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Talk is titled, "Why 'Social' is quite important for Social Network Analysis".

  • Prof. Kathleen Carley along with other ISR professors Jim Herbsleb, Marcelo Cataldo, and Patrick Wagstrom were given the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence. The award criteria derive from Allen's precepts of good science: "Good science responds to real phenomena or real problems. Good science is in the details. Good science makes a difference." This award has a citation: "For the creation of empirical methods to rigorously establish the impact of human communication on software quality."

February 2014

  • Kathleen Carley gives talk at Universit√† della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. The talk was titled, "The Power of Meta-Networks for Rapid Ethnographic Assessment".

  • Faculty Kathleen Carley, Jurgen Pfeffer, and student Momin Malik present papers and workshops at INSNA SunBelt XXXIV conference in Tampa Bay, Florida.

January 2014

  • Assistant Research Prof. Jurgen Pfeffer gives talk at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. The title of the talk is "Understanding Socio-Cultural Systems by Analyzing Networks"

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