The emergence of a computational social science: opportunities and barriers

June 4, 2014
17.00, room 250 (Main Building, Lugano Campus)
Professor Lazer, Northeastern University and Harvard University

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.
About the Speaker
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. Additional information on Professor Lazer may be found by visiting: