Saturday, June 18, 2016

Best Reviewer Award

And, here's the certificate! Nice and pixely.

Nat Poor, Best Paper Reviewer!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Recent Travel

I've been to Germany for ICWSM 2016, then Paris, then Hong Kong, then Japan for ICA 2016. You can see some of my travel photos in Instagram. 4 weeks on the road.

ICA 2016, Fukuoka, Japan

Had a great and busy time at ICA 2016: one paper, one panel presentation, moderated a session, and won an award! (Google is being impossible with photos and tables as usual. So much for interfaces.)

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak on the new Computational Methods panel, for the CM interest group. I tried to give the crowd an exhortation to engaging with such methods, because we as social scientists have a lot to offer computational analyses. You can see the slides in SlideShare, but I don't spell it all out in the slides when I present. My presentation got a nice tweet too!

Presenting on the Computational Methods panel.
As part of the Games Division pre-conference in Tokyo at Nihon University (I love the neighborhood there, the Ekoda stop on the Seibu-Ikebukuro line), we all went to Akihabara, and of course we saw and did cool things, like engage in deep discourse with Mario, the working-class Italian-Japanese plumber.

"You don't think quantitative and qualitative methods
are complementary? Explain!"

I also was lucky enough to run into Sanrio's Gudetama in Hong Kong and then again in Japan.


I also won the very first "Best Reviewer Award" for the ICA Games Division, which is a great honor and we need more motivations like this, as reviews are an important part of the quality of the discipline.

Awards for organizing, best papers, and best reviewer!

CityU Hong Kong Summer School

Had a great time teaching a class and also an impromptu session on Gephi at the City University of Hong Kong's Summer School in Social Science Research! It's in the Department of Media and Communication, and run by my friend Dr. Marko Skoric. The main instructor was Dr. Wouter van Atteveldt, who is awesome and has great hats as you can see.

I also was fortunate enough to attend CityU's Workshop on Computational Approaches to Big Data in the Social Sciences and Humanities, which was great and had lots of great speakers.

Me, showing some great students a few things about Gephi.

The three of us in front of the department sign.