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Computational Social Science Winter Symposium

Wednesday, December 2

Location: Maternushaus, Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3

08:30 - 09:00Registration
09:00 - 09:15Markus Strohmaier (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau)
Event opening
09:15 - 10:00Johan Bollen (Indiana University)
Modeling critical transitions in mental health from longitudinal social media data
10:00 - 10:45Sune Lehmann (Technical University of Denmark)
The fundamental structures of complex social systems
11:15 - 12:30Pecha Kucha Session 1
Brief plenary slots for poster presentations
13:30 - 14:45Pecha Kucha Session 2
Brief plenary slots for poster presentations
14:45 - 16:15Poster exhibition
16:45 - 17:30Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Tech)
Communities in Distress: Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in Mental Well-being
17:30 - 18:15Jürgen Pfeffer (Carnegie Mellon University)
Know Your Data! Know Your Methods!
18:30Informal evening event Cologne's Christmas Markets

Thursday, December 3

Location: Maternushaus, Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3

09:00 - 09:15Markus Strohmaier (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau)
09:15 - 10:00Andrea Baronchelli (City University London)
The Spontaneous Emergence of Social Conventions: An Experimental Study of Cultural Evolution
10:00 - 10:45Andreas Flache (University of Groningen)
Ethnic segregation and the fragility of opinion pluriformity in a diverse society
11:15 - 12:15Plenary Talks 1:

  • Przemyslaw Grabowicz, Francisco Romero Ferrero, Theo Lins, Gonzalo Polavieja, Fabricio Benevenuto and Krishna Gummadi
    An experimental study of opinion manipulation
  • Robert West, Jure Leskovec and Christopher Potts
    Death of famous people in the media
  • Andreas Jungherr, Harald Schoen and Pascal Jürgens
    The mediation of politics through Twitter: An analysis of messages posted during the campaigns for the German federal election 2013 
  • Peter Gloor
    Cultural anthropology through the lens of Wikipedia
13:30 - 14:45

Plenary Talks 2:


  • Frank Takes, Eelke Heemskerk and Javier Garcia-Bernard
    On data quality and centrality measures in big corporate network analysis 
  • Milena Tsvetkova, Ruth Garcia-Gavilanes and Taha Yasseri
    The dynamics of disagreement: A large-scale analysis of the Wikipedia revert network
  • Daniele Quercia, Luca Maria Aiello and Rossano Schifanella The sensorial map of the city
  • Mark Lutter
    How team diversity and networks impact the creativity of individuals: The case of hollywood movie directors, 1900 to 2010
  • Aniko Hannak, Claudia Wagner and David Garcia
    Measuring discrimination in the sharing economy
15:15 - 16:00Ralph Schroeder (University of Oxford) 
Big Data and Social Theory
16:00 - 16:45

Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University) 
Leveraging Computational Social Science to address Grand Societal Challenges

16:45 - 17:00Official closing of the event