Ladies and gentlemen,
We are thrilled to announce the third edition of the Nokian Tea organized by Bell Labs Social Dynamics. This time, the event will feature four Pecha-Kucha presentations by our talented students (details below) and Italian-style aperitivo with Spritz. Also, the Social Dynamics team is now hiring new postdocs and scientists. If you are interested, this is a good opportunity to pass by and have a chat with us.
We're looking forward to seeing you at 4pm. To have access to the building, pls do register to the event at your earliest convenience. If you get lost, feel free to contact Luca at +44 7411836096
Please come and enjoy
BL Social Dynamics Team
Martin Dittus (UCL): “Techniques for community engagement”
Sites such as Wikipedia have demonstrated a new ability to foster large communities that work towards a shared outcome. Such platforms can have significant social and economic impact, yet among system designers there is still little knowledge about how to foster community engagement. We design a comprehensive catalogue of 59 community engagement techniques documented in social and behavioural sciences. We demonstrate its validity in two studies, a problem-solving exercise with community organisers, and a large-scale quantitative study of the photo-sharing platform Flickr.
Desislava Hristova (Cambridge University): “Cultural Capital 2.0”
Neighbourhoods acquire a certain "distinction" through the lived cultural experiences of their citizens, which can be captured through digital cultural expressions. We compile the first domain-specific taxonomy of culture and mine 10M Flickr photos, quantifying the cultural capital of London and New York. The value of cultural capital is demonstrated in terms of urban development and the impact of cultural events, where 'up-and-coming' neighbourhoods and culturally relevant happenings can be identified.
Moreno Bonaventura (Queen Mary University): “Innovation performance of cities”
The performance of a city in generating innovation has been traditionally measured in terms of number of patents or inventions, but the extent to which these indicators translate into economic value has remained largely unexplored. By drawing on a data set on start-up firms, we quantify the economic value generated by innovative firms and we show that the observed variability in cities' performance can be explained only by adopting a richer set of predictors. We find evidence of a crucial role played by professional networks in the generation of valuable innovations.
Moe Hadhrawi (MIT): "TaxoNaviGraphy: Viz Tool to Navigate Geolocated Taxonomical Data"
There are many studies and projects in the data analysis field that use classification and taxonomy, and attempt to represent them on geolocated application. However, there are few studies that address the way that these taxonomies be explored and embedded in a geolocation application. Adding elements on a map would hinder the exploration process by reducing the area of exploration. Therefore, we introduce TaxoNaviGraphy, a graphical visualization tool to navigate taxonomical data on geolocated application. TaxoNaviGraphy supports hierarchical data, and it is designed and developed to be customizable and easy to embed to existing geographical-map related projects. In addition, a case study of using TaxoNaviGraphy in Smelly map application is presented and evaluated.
-- flickr photo by aperolspritzuk --