David Lazer, Northeastern University

Opportunities and Challenges in Using Big Data to Understand Human Systems

April 23, 2014 | 11:45am - 1:00pm | Baker Library | Bloomberg Center 103 | Open to public

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Opportunities and Challenges in Using Big Data to Understand Human Systems

Abstract:  An increasing fraction of human interactions are digitally captured. These digital breadcrumbs create enormous opportunities for ground breaking social science, to look at societal phenomena at a scale and granularity heretofore impossible. This talk will discuss what some of the potential scientific opportunities are, as well the potential barriers to the emergence of a “computational social science".

Bio:  David Lazer is Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His research focuses on the nexus of social networks, computational social science, and collaborative intelligence. He is a reviewing editor for Science, and his research has been published in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the American Political Science Review, and the Administrative Science Quarterly.