This week, my collaborator/friend from Barabasilab/award winning physicist, Yong-Yeol Ahn (better know as YY) is visiting the Center for Social Data here at DTU. If you’re anywhere near Copenhagen, I highly recommend you stop by to see his talk! Time: Thursday, May 24th, 13:00 [details here] Title: Community structure and flocking of memes in social networks…
This week I’m visiting the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, participating in the workshop Mathematical Physics of Complex Networks: From Graph Theory to Biological Physics. It’s quite the honor to be invited to speak at a conference full of real physicists & bona fide graph theorists (although it’s putting my softening brain…
This week I’m heading out to CompleNet 2012 in Melbourne Florida. It looks like a great conference with Laszlo Barabasi, Robert Bonneau & Sinan Aral headlining. The conference will also feature an unreasonably high level of activity by yours truly with duties including an invited talk (8:40 on March 8th), chairing a technical session (on network metrics…
Renaud Lambiotte is visiting for a few days. He’s an exciting guy whose work focuses on the relation between dynamics, function and structure in complex systems, with a focus on neuronal and social networks (check his website for more details). He’s an associate professor in Mathematics at the University of Namur (Belgium). If you’re in the Copenhagen…
Not a bad couple of months
Three pieces of excellent news since I last posted here: On December 13th, I received The Jorck Foundation’s research prize, which is awarded to three young researchers annually (as is evident from the photo, “young-ish researchers” might be more appropriate). I’ve stolen the image from the DTU announcement (in Danish), which lists all names, etc.…
The program for our workshop on December 15th is finally available for your reading pleasure. We’ll be talking about how to design a great sociometer experiment – and what the most exciting research questions are. Note that the workshop is open to the public, so if you’re in (or near) Copenhagen, do stop by! We do…
Google’s generosity goes to zero!
According to the best of my calculations, the growth of Gmail storage is linear in time. Today, I recorded the amount of storage at two different times and found the rate of storage growth to be about 4.06541 bytes per second. This is consistent with Wikipedia’s report that, as of Jan 18th, 2010 Gmail’s storage…
Feynman on Beauty … again
A while ago I wrote about beauty in Nature (seen from the perspective of a physicist), and posted a video with Richard Feynman’s insightful reflections on the topic. I just came across another version of that answer, which is incredibly beautiful. Check it out below: Note. I found the video on kottke.org.
On ‘Frictionless Sharing’
If you like sharing everything and if you think that pressing a ‘like’-button is too much work, you’re going to love Facebook’s new frictionless sharing. If you like to steal a private moment once in a while and sometimes try to pretend to be cooler than you are, you might not like it so much.…
More on TweetQuakes
A few days ago, I wrote (with Alan Mislove) about our TweetQuake visualization (read the relevant post here). Some of the commenters pointed out that it’s not really surprising that tweets travel faster than earthquakes. Here’s Andrew Gelman (I don’t know if it’s that famous Andrew Gelman, but I think so) commenting on The Monkey Cage…