The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Networks and Influence

Mark Newman (University of Michigan)

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 3:30pm - 4:30 pm
Where: 113 IST, Cybertorium

Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Network Science and Research sponsored by the Senior Vice President of Research.

Professor Newman s presentation will also be broadcast live via media site.


People are connected by social networks of friendship. Professionals and corporations are connected
by collaboration networks. Our intellectual output is connected by networks of citations between
papers, patents, web pages, legal cases, and other documents. All of these networks potentially tell us
about the influences that people and ideas have on each other. This talk will describe some recent
(and some not-so-recent) work aimed at understanding how networks reflect and affect patterns of
influence, using a combination of data from on-line networks, citations, coauthorship, and other
sources as well as models of networks and network processes.