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NASN 2021: Keynote

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Dr. Kathleen M. Carley

Dr. Carley is a Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research, IEEE Fellow, and Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) and Director of the center for Informed DEmocracy And Social‐cybersecurity (IDeaS) of the Center for at Carnegie Mellon University. She joined Carnegie Mellon in 1984 as Assistant Professor Sociology and Information Systems. In 1990 she became Associate Professor of Sociology and Organizations, in 1998 Professor of Sociology, Organizations, and Information Technology, and in 2002, attained her current role as Professor of Computation, Organization, and Society. She is also the CEO of Carley Technologies Inc. aka Netanomics.

Dr. Carley’s research combines cognitive science, sociology, and computer science to address complex social and organizational issues. Her most notable research contribution was the establishment of Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) – and the associated theory and methodology for examining large highdimensional time variant networks. Her research on DNA has resulted in tools for analyzing large‐scale dynamic networks and various multi‐agent simulation systems. She has led the development of tools for extracting sentiment, social and semantic networks, and cues from textual data (AutoMap & NetMapper), simulating epidemiological models (BioWar), and simulating changes in beliefs and practice given information campaigns (Construct). Her ORA system is one of the premier network analysis and visualization technologies supporting reasoning about geo‐spatial and dynamic high‐dimensional network data. It includes special features for handling small and big data, social media data, and network dynamics. It is used worldwide. Illustrative projects include assessment of fake news and social cyber‐security threats, IRS outreach, impact of NextGen on airline re‐rerouting, counter‐terrorism modeling, counternarcotics modeling, health analytics, social media analytics of elections, and social media based assessment of crises such as Benghazi, Darfur, the Arab Spring, COVID‐19, and elections around the world.

Education: Dr. Carley received SB degrees in Economics and in Political Science from M.I.T., and a PhD degree in Sociology from Harvard University, and an HD from the University of Zurich.

Publications: Dr. Carey has over 400 scientific publications, including: “Characterization and Comparison of Russian and Chinese Disinformation Campaigns” (2020), “Different Faces of False: The spread and curtailment of false information in the Black Panther Twitter discussion” (2019), Social Cybersecurity: An Emerging National Security Requirement” (2019, “Online extremism and the communities that sustain it: Detecting the ISIS supporting community on Twitter” (2017), “Transition Networks in a Cohort of Patients with Congestive Heart Failure” (2015).

Honors: Dr. Carley is an IEEE Fellow. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2019. She is the recipient of the USGA Academic Award at GEOINT 2018 for her work on geo‐spatially enabled dynamic network analytics, the Allen Newell award for research excellence, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology and Computers Section of the ASA (2001), and the Simmel Award for advances in social networks from INSNA (2011). She has served as President of the North American Association for Computational and Organizational Simulation (2003‐2004) and the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (1999‐2000). She has served as a Task Force Member of the Defense Science Board and the Geographic Information Science Panel of the Strategic Command. She has served on multiple National Research Council panels including modeling for the military, big data, geo‐spatial analytics, and the decadal survey for the social sciences and was a member of the DHS‐HSSTAC.