Recently a range of scholars have begun to apply network-based theories and methods to online networks. These networks range from literal computer networks, to networks of websites, to networks of users, and beyond.
Industry has also been increasingly interested in social networks, as evidenced by popular websites such as MySpace, Friendster, and FaceBook. A similar trend is found in referral applications, such as Amazon and Netflix's referral applications, which use similarity in expressed preferences in books, music, and videos to recommend new merchandise to consumers.
Important questions arise from these developments, such as:
The questions, and others that lie at the intersection of social network analysis and computing, will be examined in this seminar.
The seminar will be held in Engineering I, Rm 2114 (just across the hall from Prof. Almeroth's office) from 11:00am to 12:30pm on Wednesdays. The first seminar will be April 5 and the last seminar will be May 31.
Course Signup Information
The course will be cross-listed in at least the above three departments. However, it may be offered in other departments as well. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering signing up for this course. First, this quarter, if you wish to attend you must sign up. Second, it does not really matter under which course number you register. The reason we are cross-listing it is to advertise and to make it more accessible for those who do not normally look in other departments for interesting courses. And finally, seminars of this type often are added to the registration system late. If you are having problems finding the course in the registration system, come to class on the first day, and we will help.
The format of the seminar is weekly presentations and free-form discussion. Assignments for those students who do not present are to gather, synthesize, and write an overview of work relevant to the seminar topic and related to their own discipline(s).
April 12: "Social Network Analysis and Electronic Interaction" by Clayton Childress
April 19: "Networks from a Computer Science Perspective" by Jay Freeman, et al.
April 26: "Knowledge and Networks" by John Goubeaux, Ariane Gravel, and Darren Hardy
May 3: "introNetworks, Inc Technology Overview" by Mark Sylvester
May 17: "Reputation" by Emily Murray, Dominic Metzger, Kian Wilcox, and Kevin Almeroth
May 24: "Social Networking in P2P Systems" by Caitlan Holman and Vietor Davis