This weekly workshop highlights the work of those pioneering data science analytical techniques and social science and computation methods while bringing together graduate students, post-docs, and faculty all working at the nexus of computation and big, social science questions. The workshop also allows regular participants to share works in progress for feedback, fosters robust dialogue between young scholars in these emerging fields, and showcases local scholars leading pedagogical seminars on new papers or methods.

The 2018-2019 Computational Social Science Workshop meets each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Kent 120. All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome. Students in the Masters of Computational Social Science program are expected to attend and join the discussion by posting a comment on the issues page of the workshop’s public repository on GitHub.

Spring 2019

April 4th - Amos Golan (Event Co-sponsored by the Quantitative Methods Committee)

Professor of Economics, Director of the Info-Metrics Institute, American University

Information, Modeling, and Inference: The Info-Metrics Framework

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April 11th - Abdullah Almaatouq

PhD Student and Research Assistant, Computational Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Wisdom of the Network


April 18th - MACSS Student Conference

An Opportunity for Second Year MACSS Students to Present Their Thesis Research

2nd Year Lightning Talks

NOTE: Special Time and Location: Thursday, 5-7pm - Social Science Research Building 122


April 25th - Andrey Rzhetsky

Professor, Department of Medicine; Professor, Department of Human Genetics; Senior Fellow, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, University of Chicago

Computational Adventures with Large Datasets

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May 2nd - Sihua (Adrienne) Hu

Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Education and Policy, Northwestern University

Teachers in Social Media: Social Science Research in the Fifth Estate


May 16th - Tom Griffiths

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Princeton University

Adventures in Scaling Psychology


May 23rd - Stephanie Palmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Understanding Vision through the Lens of Prediction

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Winter 2019

January 10th - Ed Awh

Professor, Department of Psychology, The Institute for Mind and Biology, and the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior, University of Chicago

Rhythmic Brain Activity Tracks the timing and Content of Online Spatial Representations


January 17th - Nicolas Masse

Postdoctoral Scholar and Staff Scientist, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

Two Stories at the Intersection Between Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence


January 24th - Adam Bonica

Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Forecasting Congressional Election Outcomes and Legislative Voting Behavior Using Campaign Finance Data 


February 14th - Monica Rosenberg

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Predicting Attention and Working Memory from Functional Brain Activity across Development


February 21st - Tor Wager

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Colorado Boulder

Neuroimaging of Pain and Emotion: Computation, Representation, and Regulation


February 28th - Steven Durlauf

Steans Professor of Educational Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago

Some Economics of Social Interactions

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Autumn 2018

October 4th - Mixer with CSS Faculty



October 11th - Marc Berman

Faculty Director of the Masters in Computational Social Science Program; Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

The Fractal Brain and Cognitive Effort


October 18th - Zizi Papacharissi

Professor and Department Head of Communication, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Affective Publics: News Storytelling, Sentiment and Technology


November 8th - Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy

Understanding Cities through Measurement and Embedded Intelligence


November 29th - Lillian Lee

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Science, Cornell University 

Influence: Watch your Language? Analyzing Phrasing Effects in Movies, Twitter and Changemyview