Opportunities and Challenges in Using Big Data to Understand
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.