Sequences, Traces & Time: Building a research community

THURSDAY, Januray 19th — Widespread digitization is creating new sources of data that record sequences of actions and events over time and space. These action sequences can be used to trace coherent streams of activity in social, economic and business processes as they unfold over time. These sources of data, along with new computational methods, create an opportunity to visualize, analyze and compare patterns of actions in ways that were never before possible.

This workshop is intended to explore new research opportunities and challenges in the analysis and interpretation of sequence and trace data. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary dialog and cross-fertilization, as the basic concepts and methods are not unique to any single discipline.

Aims: The goal is to bring together scholars from diverse perspectives (e.g., business, history, geography, psychology, biology, computer science, and more) in order to identify themes, methods, concepts and applications. We seek to address questions that may be of common interest:

  • What are the most promising applications?
  • What kinds of tools and infrastructure are available?
  • What kinds are needed?
  • We seek to identify opportunities to promote further interest and engagement in this area, such as conferences and special issues

Participation: The program will be designed to maximize the circulation of people and ideas, with brief presentations and extensive breakout/discussion. Participants will prepare a poster (11”x17”) for a poster slam on the first day. Everyone will have a speaking role in this show.

Keynote speaker: Marshall Scott Poole is the David L. Swanson Professor of Communication, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of I-CHASS: The Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of Illinois. Scott has applied computational and qualitative approaches to sequence analysis in research on group, organizational, and inter-organizational processes.

The title of his talk will be: Thinking Sequentially: The Intersection of Theory and Method in the Analysis of Social Processes.

Other confirmed speakers will be announced as the date approaches.

Dates: May 19-20, 2017

Location: Henry Center, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

This event is sponsored by the Center For Business And Social Analytics.

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