Dinner for NetSci2011 at Sofitel Budapest

Pictured below is Robin Dunbar (Oxford) making jokes about monogamy watched by Albert-László Barabási (Harvard, Northeastern), Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute), Alain Barrat (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and Andrea Baronchelli (UPC Barcelona). Not pictured, but still in the room are other well known luminaries such as Brian Uzzi (Kellogg School of Management), and Hawoong Jeong (KAIST). Next year’s NetSci will be at Northeastern and will be organised by Brian Uzzi.

Spreading, Influencing and Cascading

The NetSci2011 satellite workshop on spreading, influencing and cascading in social and information networks.

Here is Brian Uzzi, whose discussion of the adoption of scientific ideas provided some good laughs, and set some brains ticking over how they might improve the likelihood of increased citation rates for themselves. If only it were as simple as citing the right papers and collaborating across wide distances.

The Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) in Budapest.

The Circuits of Profit satellite workshop associated with NetSci2011 was mainly made up of network analysts that were also consultants or employed by private organisations. As I predicted in a previous post, the group spans a wide range of abilities and a wide range of perceptions. However, it was quite nice to see that network analysis is becoming more and more acceptable to large organisations because I’m hoping that means access to a larger range of more analysis-friendly data.

Albert-László Barabási

And of course, some very high-powered scientists were present. For me, the most impressive presentations were made by Harald Katzmair (Founder and Director of FAS Research). A very interesting and charismatic presenter who really understands analysis and modelling in networks. If a company needs a consultant to improve business processes and structures, this would be the best person to consult.

The Central European University is the location for NetSci2011. The first day includes a school and workshops. I’ll be attending Circuits of Profit, which promises to be a practical look at the practice of network analysis in business applications. Hopefully we’ll see lots of good science and not too many palm readers. I’m looking forward to it.

I am in Pest for breakfast, after a night spent observing youth culture (public drunkeness) in a large festival that seemed to span all the parts of Pest I was in. The Internet access is worth the 500 forint but the coffee isn’t.

Hungry in Hungary

I’ve arrived in Budapest (on the Pest side) and taken a picture out of the window. That’s all so far but I’m looking forward to mapping out some of the necessary places I need to go and some of the less-than-necessary but culturally-valuable (read: food) places I think I should go. Here is the first of the pictures. The rest are likely to be food, or pictures of networks or famous network scientists.

Danube, Budapest