2018 ASA Preconference: Computational Sociology

Date: 
10 Aug 2018 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
Location: 
Annenberg School for Communication (3620 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104)
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Type: 
Conference

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Location:
Room 109
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Preconference Website

Contact info: angela.won@asc.upenn.edu

Overview

We welcome you to join us for this ASA pre-conference focusing on a new aspect of sociological research, “Computational Sociology.”  This conference will feature experts from around the country who specialize in this new type of research, which utilizes complex computer simulations, social network analysis, big data explorations, Internet experiments, artificial intelligence, and exciting new approaches to ethnographic field work.

Schedule of Events

8:30 am – Open Breakfast Spread

9:00 am – Introduction by Damon Centola

9:30 am  Session I

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 9:30 – 9:55 David Lazer - Fake News on Twitter During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
  • 9:55 – 10:20 Peter Bearman - The Structure of American Sociology, 1980 - 2017
  • 10:20 – 10:45 Emily Erikson - The Evolution of Economic Topics
  • 10:45 – 11:10 Jessa Lingel - Computational (Anti)social Science: Some Provocations on Interdisciplinary Collaboration

11:10 – 11:30 (20 min. snack break)

11:30 am  Session II

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 11:30 – 11:55 Joscha Legewie - How “Big Data” Can Uncover Everyday Discrimination
  • 11:55 – 12:20 Matthew Salganik - The Fragile Families Challenge
  • 12:20 – 12:45 Andrew Papachristos - The Social Structure of Police Misconduct in Chicago
  • 12:45 – 1:10 Quincy Stewart - How Many Racists? An Agent – Based Model of the Dynamics of Racial Inequality

1:10 – 2:25   (75 min. lunch break)

2:25 pm Session III

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 2:25 – 2:50 Arnout van de Rijt - Reputation Beats Price in Experimental Markets
  • 2:50 – 3:15 Duncan Watts - Predicting Contagion on Social Networks
  • 3:15 – 3:40 Michael Kearns - Algorithmic Fairness
  • 3:40 – 4:05 Marc Meredith - One Person, One Vote:  Estimating Voter Fraud

4:05 – 4:20 (15 min. snack break)

4:20 – 4:30 Meagan Levinson, Senior Editor for Sociology, Princeton University Press

4:30 pm Session IV

25 minutes each speaker (15 min. talk, 10 min. Q+A)

  • 4:30 – 4:55 Yang Yang - An Artificial and Human Intelligence Framework to the Replication Problem in Science
  • 4:55 – 5:20 Joshua Becker - Network Dynamics of Collective Intelligence
  • 5:20 – 5:45 Christopher Ball - Exposure to Opposing Views on Social Media Can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large Field Experiment

5:45 – Closing Remarks

5:50 – Cocktails

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Disclaimer: 
This event may be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. We also video stream many of these video recordings through the Annenberg web site. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and/or video recorded and you are waiving any and all claims regarding the use of your image by the Annenberg School for Communication. The Annenberg School for Communication, at its discretion, may provide a copy of the photos/footage upon written request.