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.

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



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



January 17th - Nicolas Masse

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



January 24th - Adam Bonica

Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University



February 14th - Monica Rosenberg

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Yale University



February 21st - Tor Wager

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



February 28th - Steven Durlauf

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


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March 7th - 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


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


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April 11th - Abdullah Almaatouq

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



April 25th - Andrey Rzhetsky

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


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May 2nd - Sihua (Adrienne) Hu

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



May 16th - Tom Griffiths

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Princeton University



May 23rd - Stephanie Palmer

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


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