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Presentation by Prof. Frank Schweitzer & Prof. David Lazer

How Computational Social Science Reads Our Digital Traces
A presentation by Prof. Frank Schweitzer & Prof. David Lazer

Dear ETH Alumnus, 

The Board of the ETH Alumni New England Chapter is pleased to invite you to a talk by Prof. Frank Schweitzer & Prof. David Lazer:

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011  6:30 PM

Where: swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Presentation Overview:
The Internet offers an entirely different channel for understanding how people form social networks, but also how they influence each other by online communication. We learn about their opinions, their product preferences, their emotions by analyzing their digital traces in blogs, for, online chats, or product reviews. The massive datasets that become valuable also put a challenge on the social sciences: how to extract meaningful information, how to quantify social influence, and how to model the behavior of online users? We give answers to these questions from two different perspectives: Franks Schweitzer will analyse emotional influence, while David Lazer will discuss how digital traces reveal the pattern of our social relationships.

Prof. Schweitzer

Prof. Frank Schweitzer is Professor and Chair of Systems Design at ETH Zurich, one of the leading research universities in the world. Starting out as a theoretical physicist, he received a second Ph.D in philosophy of science, before turning his scientific interests on social and economic systems. Currently, he is visiting professor at MIT.

Prof. Lazer

David Lazer is an Associate Professor in Northeastern University's Department of Political Science and the College of Computer and Information Science and Director of the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard. His work focuses on the nexus of policy networks, computational social science, and collective intelligence.