Monday, May 24, 2010

Social Computing Workshop in Hawaii a Great Success

The Workshop on Social Computing, which took place May 22-23, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii is now over and it was a great success. It takes a lot of intellectual confidence, creativity, and, may I say, guts, to organize a truly interdisciplinary workshop which brings scholars and researchers from disparate fields. Dr. Sun-ki Chai, of the University of Hawaii, deserves congratulations and thanks for his extraordinary efforts in pulling off such an exciting workshop in such an extraordinarily beautiful location!

This workshop brought together social scientists (sociologists, political scientists, economists, communications experts) with computer scientists, engineers, and an applied mathematician/operations researcher/computational economist/network scientist (me). I had an outstanding time intellectually as well as socially. It was a privilege to listen to some of the pioneers in the area of social computing who are breaking boundaries of different disciplines.

My presentation was on: Network Design: From the Physical World to Virtual Worlds and it can be found here. I enjoyed the presentations as well as the discussions immensely.