Computer Science Department

36th Annual Michelson Memorial Lecture

"Social Phenomena in Global Networks: Bursts, Cascades, and Hot Spots"

Jon Kleinberg, Ph.D. 

Department of Computer Science, Cornell University

Mahan Hall

1915 Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Uniform of the day

Dr. Jon Kleinberg

Jon Kleinberg is a professor at Cornell University in both the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science. His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on-line media. His work has been supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (known colloquially as the MacArthur “genius grant”), a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a Simons Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and grants from Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, the Army Research Office, and the NSF. In 2006 he received the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize by the International Mathematical Union, awarded only once every four years for outstanding contributions in “Mathematical Aspects of Information Sciences”. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013 he became a “fellow” of the Association for Computing Machinery and the winner of that year’s Harvey Prize, which “celebrates outstanding efforts in the areas of science, technology, human health and peace.”

For the Michelson Memorial Lecture, Dr. Kleinberg brings his scholarly mind to bear on what we’re learning from massive social-network datasets, and the broader implications for computation and on-line social data focusing on two specific pieces of research, one about analyzing geographically tagged photo collections in social media, and one about analyzing social network neighborhoods to find close friendships and relationships.

View the Michelson Memorial Lecture program

The Michelson Memorial Lecture Series is generously sponsored

by the USNA Class of 1969

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