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Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks
Convened by spatial@ucsb University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Spatial Studies
Travel days: Sunday, December 12, and Wednesday, December 15
Meeting structure and objectives
The impact of the Internet on human communication and the organization of social networks has been profound, greatly reducing the effects of distance and time differences. Strong spatial and temporal constraints persist, however, because of the importance of human contact and the spatial and temporal context of human actions. Recent research in social networks that places them in a meta-network context (multi-node, multi-link, multi-level) paves the way for exploring spatial and temporal effects. Yet to date only very preliminary efforts have been made to develop appropriate theory and models, or to calibrate them with the abundant data sources that are now available. This two-day workshop organized by the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will bring together specialists drawn from the many disciplines with interest in these issues, including computer and information science, geography, mathematics, spatial statistics, and social network analysis. The workshop will assess the current state of the art, identify and prioritize a research agenda, and begin the development of an international community of collaborating scholars working on these issues.
The specialist meeting of approximately 30 participants will be held at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, and is being convened by an organizing committee chaired by Michael F. Goodchild (UCSB) and Kathleen M. Carley (Carnegie Mellon University). The meeting will include plenary presentations by invited experts, and ample time for small-group discussion of the issues, following a model developed more than 20 years ago by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and refined in more than 40 such meetings.
The meeting will assess the current state of the art, flesh out a research agenda, and foster an international network of collaborating scholars. Specific questions to be addressed include: