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The Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) is pleased to organize The Social Networks Day Workshop that aims to bring together researchers from different fields to share the latest trends in social network research, and to explore new research directions. In this workshop, we are pleased to have speakers from social science, computer science and engineering to cover topics from social network analysis, network diversity and network effects to network linkage and collaborative networks. In this workshop, we will also feature demonstrations of applications and software tools for network analysis and network profiling.

24 May 2018



9:00am – 12:15pm



Seminar Room B1-2,
School of Economics/Social Sciences
Singapore Management University
90 Stamford Road
Singapore 178903

Registeration Closed

Knowledge and Experience in two-mode temporal networks

Martin Everett

Martin Everett

Professor and Chair, Network Analysis, University of Manchester


Abstract

Two mode social network data consisting of actors attending events is a common type of social network data. For these kinds of data, in these cases it is also common to have additional information about the timing or sequence of the events. We call data of this type two-mode temporal data. We explore the idea that actors attending events gain information from the event in two ways. Firstly the event itself may provide information or training; secondly, as co-attendees interact, they may pass on skills or information they have gleaned from other events. We propose a method of measuring these gains and demonstrate its usefulness using the classic Southern Women Data and a covert network dataset.


Bio

Martin Everett has a BSc in mathematics from Loughborough University and an MSc also in mathematics from Oxford University. He continued at Oxford to complete a DPhil which was jointly awarded by mathematics and sociology. He has been doing social network analysis for over 40 years. He has a strong interdisciplinary record with publications that can be classified as Sociology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology and Business. He has been a past president of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and is co-author of UCINET, the world’s most popular software for social network analysis. Martin regularly gives invited talks at international conferences, provided consultancy for major businesses and government departments and is co-editor of the journal Social Networks. He currently co-directs the Mitchell Centre for social network analysis at the University of Manchester.

User Linkage in Online Social Networks

Lim Ee Peng

Lim Ee Peng

Professor, Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Director, Living Analytics Research Centre


Abstract

The popularity of social media has led many users to create accounts with different online social networks. Identifying these multiple accounts belonging to same user is of critical importance to user profiling, community detection, user behavior understanding and product recommendation. Nevertheless, linking users across heterogeneous social networks is challenging due to large network size, heterogeneous user attributes, and noises in user generated data. In this talk, we shall introduce different approaches to link users across heterogeneous social networks, overcoming the above challenges. We will also feature Linky, a platform that is designed to evaluate user linkage accuracies returned by different user linkage methods.


Bio

Ee-Peng Lim is a professor at the School of Information Systems of Singapore Management University (SMU). He received Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1994 and B.Sc. in Computer Science from National University of Singapore. His research interests include social network and web mining, information integration, and digital libraries. He is the Director of the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC), an international research centre funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation. He serves on the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), Pacific Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD), and International Conference on Social Informatics (Socinfo).

Network Diversity and the link to National Identity and Social Cohesion

Vincent Chua

Vincent Chua

Associate Professor, Sociology, National University of Singapore


Abstract

Examining the social networks of some 3,000 Singapore residents using representative data collected in 2016, this study examines the link between a variety of network diversities and national identity and trust toward other groups. We hypothesize a positive relationship occurring between them based on the idea that forging ties with a variety of different others (e.g., different race or class or religion) generates understanding between groups, dismantles silos, enhances a national identification and strengthens trust between groups. The study adds to a growing literature on the effects of network diversity on social cohesion.


Bio

Vincent Chua is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in November 2010. His main research interests are in social networks, education, and social stratification. He has published widely in international journals including Social Networks, Social Science Research, Current Sociology, Comparative Sociology, Sociological Perspectives, International Studies in the Sociology of Education, American Behavioral Scientist and Environment and Planning C. He received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2017 and the Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.

Investigating Ecological Influence and Casual Contact Network Effects: An Introduction to Blau Status Methodology

Michael Genkin

Michael Genkin

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Singapore Management University


Abstract

The talk introduces a methodological framework to investigate ecological influence processes. It is premised on McPherson's (1983) Blau space and affiliation ecology model and represents a powerful framework for analyzing the ecological competition among social entities, such as organizations, along a combination of sociodemographic characteristics of their members. A central idea to this framework is that of a Blau status, which is a positional attribute derived from an individual’s Blau space location in the affiliation ecology. There are a variety of Blau statuses and the talk will present both network-dependent and network-independent statuses. Blau statuses exert their effect via casual social network ties and thus can act as a proxy of casual contacts, which are otherwise difficult to measure. This talk will be divided into four parts. First, it will explain the theoretical framework and motivation behind the method. Second, it will present the methodological framework that underpins the method with an empirical example of a published study on the spread of two kinds of behaviors as well as a current study on identifying members of delinquent social groups. Third, it will describe the software developed for the investigation of Blau Space analysis called Blaunet (available for free as an R library). Fourth, it will discuss some of the directions that Blau status methodology can be extended.


Bio

Michael Genkin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Singapore Management University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University in 2014. His main research interests are social network analysis and political sociology. His current research aims to develop the method of Blau Status Analysis to model and understand a range of human behaviors. His second research stream seeks to understand the ecological forces that explain how individuals and organizations adopt political violence as a strategy. His work appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Networks, Social Science Research, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Collaborative Networks of Top Young Researchers

Michael Khor

Michael Khor

Director, Research Support Office & Bibliometrics Analysis


Abstract

- Coming soon -


Bio

Professor Michael Khor is Director, Research Support Office & Bibliometrics Analysis at NTU, Singapore. He is concurrently a Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He was Associate Provost (Research) from 2009 to 2011, and thereafter re-designated as Director, Research Support Office & Bibliometrics Analysis, his current appointment. From 2008 to 2009, he was seconded to the National Research Foundation (NRF) as Director (Projects). He joined NTU (then NTI) in June 1989.

Professor Khor’s research interests are in advanced materials processing; thermal sprayed coatings; spark plasma sintering, nano-bioceramics and nano-composites for artificial cornea implants, orthopaedic and dental implants. Since 2011, he has embarked on research and analysis into research collaboration networks, research topics analysis, development of research performance metrics for universities and international collaborations of global young universities. He has published over 370 journal and conference papers and edited several international conference proceedings.

Several institutions have invited him as Visiting Professor and Scientist over the years, these include the Japan National Defense Academy; Japan National Institutes of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology(AIST), Hanyang University and Zhejiang University. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials; Minerals and Mining (IOM3), UK, he received the IOM3 “Overseas Medal” in 2008. Active in promoting research administration among the research community, Professor Khor served as Convenor of the ARMS Singapore Chapter since its inception in 2013 and Convenor of the ARMS Annual Conference which was held in Asia for the first time in 2015. Building up the capability of research administration in Singapore is a key focus of his service in ARMS. In 2015, he oversees the development of two (2) new Singapore specific modules for the ARMS Accreditation Modules: (i) The National Research and Innovation System in Singapore: covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues; and (ii) Legislation as it affects research in Singapore - covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in Singapore. Starting from March 2017, he was appointed member of the ARMS Conferences and Major Events Committee (CMEC). He was awarded Fellow of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) in 2017. Fellows of ARMS are recognised as individuals who have made an enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor, trainer or advocate in the research management profession.

From 2006 to 2016, he served as President of the Institute of Materials (East Asia). He is a member of the Governing Board, Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSHI), Ministry of Manpower. From 2014 to 2016 he served as a member of the Thomson-Reuters Research Analytics Advisory Board (TRRAAB). Since 2014, he has represented Singapore in the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) Steering Committee. Professor Khor obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from Monash University, Australia.