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Friday 7 April 2017, INFORMROOM

4TU.Humans & Technology Seminar Series

We cordially invite you to join the next seminar in our 4TU.Humans&Technology Seminar Series about "Computational Social Science" to be held on 07 April 2017 in the DesignLab, University of Twente.

The lecturers are Dong Nguyen (Alan Turing Institute) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University). 


Title: Computational Social Science

Lecturers: Dong Nguyen (Alan Turing Institute) and Vincent Traag (Leiden University)

Location: INFORM room, DesignLab, University of Twente

Date: April 7th, 2017 10:00 - 17:30



With increasing amounts of data the social sciences have the opportunity to become more computationally oriented, bringing together elements of machine learning and data science with substantive social theories. We will provide a brief introduction to the core of the computational social science. The main focus in this workshop is on two key elements of this new field: natural language processing (NLP) and social networks. We will take a hands-on approach, with interactive lectures combining theoretical explanations with actual coding. In the group assignments, we will stimulate an integrated approach to both NLP and network analysis.

 Preliminary programme

 10:00 - 10:30 Computational Social Science introduction

 10:30 - 12:30 Natural Language Processing (NLP) lab 

The first part will focus on applying NLP tools. Topics that will be discussed include sentiment analysis, named entity recognition, part-of-speech tagging and feature representation. The second part will focus on NLP to analyze and model social dynamics. We will discuss computational approaches to analyze language & social identity (gender, age, location) and language in interaction (e.g., social relationships, dynamics in online communities).

 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

 13:30 - 15:30 Network lab 

We will start with an overview of traditional network analysis, covering theories of structural holes and weak ties, and relating them to graph theoretical notions of centrality and paths. We proceed with some more recent developments, covering diffusion and community structure. Finally, we discuss social balance theory, which relates to signed networks, making a connection to NLP.

 15:30 - 17:00 Group assignment

 17:00 - 17:30 Wrap up & drinks

 [Optionally: dinner]

 Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, please go to https://vtraag.github.io/4TU-CSS/ where you will also find information about prerequisite knowledge and the software that will be used during the seminar.


4TU.H&T aims to organize one-day seminars once a month. Seminars are open and free for all interested researchers, but are focused towards PhD students. The goal of this seminar series is to teach essential methodological and practical skills, provide in-depth overviews of current theoretical questions, to enable PhD students to share and get feedback on their research projects, and to allow PhD students to create a network of peers. 

With kind regards,

 Femke Beute, Khiet Truong, Roel Boumans