The study of Human Dynamics operates at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a primary interest in social and financial networks, crowdsourcing, urban economics, behavioural game theory, and evolutionary dynamics.
Information flow during catastrophic events is a critical aspect of disaster management. Modern communication platforms, in particular online social networks, provide an opportunity to study such flow, and a mean to derive early-warning sensors, improving emergency preparedness and response.
Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics.
The World Wide Web is commonly seen as a platform that can harness the collective abilities of large numbers of people to accomplish tasks with unprecedented speed, accuracy, and scale. We study mechanisms to efficiently recruit contributors, maximize results, while mitigating the impact of sabotage.