tisdag, april 21, 2009

ACCESS Distinguished Lecture Series: Social Attention in the Age of the Web, Prof. Bernardo Huberman, HP Labs

Imorgon onsdag den 22/4 kommer Bernardo Huberman från amerikanska HP Labs hålla en föreläsning som ser ut att bli mycket intressant - i alla fall för den som är intresserad av medskapandekultur och internet:

Social Attention in the Age of the Web

The past decade has witnessed a momentous transformation in the way people interact, create and exchange information. Content is now coactively produced, shared, classified, and rated on the Web by millions of people, while attention has become an ephemeral and valuable resource that everyone seeks to acquire. This talk will describe our research on the dynamics of attention, how it plays a crucial rule in the generation of content, and the roles that popularity and novelty play in eliciting attention in the Web.

Date & Location: 22/4, 13.15. Lecture hall E1, Lindstedtsvägen 3, KTH.

Biography: Bernardo A. Huberman is a Senior HP Fellow and director of the Social Computing Lab at HP Labs, which focuses on the interaction of social behavior and Information Technology. He is also a Consulting Professor of Physics at Stanford University.

Huberman's main research focus is on the relationship between local actions and the global behavior of large, distributed systems. Areas of exploration include distributed knowledge, social organizations and the economics of attention. Earlier he worked on economic mechanisms for resource allocation and the truthful revelation of personal preferences.

Having started as a condensed matter physics, he spent several years working on the statistical mechanics of low dimensional systems and non-linear dynamics. He also worked on chaos in condensed matter physics and the scaling properties of chaotic systems in the presence of noise. His transition to the world of information science and computers was started by his simulations of large societal dynamics inside organizations.

Huberman is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a former trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics and Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has been a visiting Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark, the University of Paris, and Insead, the European School of Business in Fontainebleau, France. He has also received the CECOIA prize in Economics and Artificial Intelligence and IBM Prize of the Society for Computational Economics.

Intressanta artiklar av Huberman:
Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope (Huberman et al, First Monday 14(1), 2009)
Crowdsourcing and attention (Huberman, IEEE Computer 41, 2008)
Popularity, novelty and attention (Huberman, Proceedings of the 2008 ACM
Conference on Electronic Commerce, 2008)

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