Carley Exposes Online Manipulation [Video]

On May 30, 2018, Kathleen M. Carley of Carnegie Mellon University presented the 2018 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy. Her talk was titled "Social Influence in Cyber Space". Watch the video here.

Kathleen Carley’s research combines cognitive science, sociology, and computer science to address complex social and organizational issues. Her most notable research contribution was the establishment of Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) – and the associated theory and methodology for examining large high dimensional time variant networks. Her research on DNA has resulted in tools for analyzing large‐scale dynamic networks and various multi‐agent simulation systems. Her group has developed tools for extracting sentiment, social and semantic networks from social media and other textual data (AutoMap), simulating epidemiological models (BioWar), simulating covert networks (DyNet), and simulating changes in beliefs and practice given information campaigns (Construct). Her ORA system is one of the premier network analysis and visualization technologies supporting geo‐temporal analysis of social network and meta‐network data. It includes special features for handling small and big data, social media data, and network dynamics. It is used worldwide and at several of the combatant commands. Illustrative projects include assessment of fake news and social cyber‐security, IRS outreach, impact of NextGen on airline rererouting, counter‐terrorism modeling, counter‐narcotics modeling, assessment of design of public‐health departments, mapping the global cyber‐attack network, and social media based assessment of crises such as Benghazi, Darfur, and the Arab Spring.

Dr. Carley is an IEEE Fellow. She is the recipient of the Allen Newell award for research excellence. She has served as President of the North American Association for Computational and Organizational Simulation (2003‐2004) and of the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (1999‐2000). She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology and Computers Section of the ASA (2001). In 2011 she received the Simmel Award for advances in the area of social networks from INSNA and became a senior member of the IEEE. She has served as a Task Force Member of the Defense Science Board and of Geographic Information Science Panel of the Strategic Command. She has served on a committee and several panels of the National Research Council including ones on the military, big data, geo‐spatial analytics, and the decadel survey for the social sciences and was a member of the DHS‐HSSTAC.


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