Social Mathematics and Information Dynamics

Science made significant progress at modeling myriads of physical propagation phenomena. Advannces in human understanding of physical propagation and interaction effects in different domains led to such results as the Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's equations of electrodynamics, Boltzmann's law of thermodynamics, Schrödinger's equation of quantum mechanics, Einstein's field equations, Planck's law of radiation, and many others. Yet, the manner in which information propagates in social spaces and the effects that such propagation has on those exposed to the information signals remain poorly understood. It is time to rectify this shortcoming by establishing laws of information dynamics as well as the corresponding social mathematics that describe information effects on social systems.

Acknowledgement: Funded by DARPA, DoD Basic Research Office.

Interview with the PI.

On Cyber-Physical Systems in Social Spaces and its relation to Information Dynamics:.


  • DyDiff-VAE: A Dynamic Variational Framework for Information Diffusion Prediction
    Ruijie Wang, Zijie Huang, Shengzhong Liu, Huajie Shao, Dongxin Liu, Jinyang Li, Tianshi Wang, Dachun Sun, Shuochao Yao, and Tarek Abdelzaher
    In Proc. 44th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, July 2021.
  • Hierarchical Overlapping Belief Estimation by Structured Matrix Factorization
    Chaoqi Yang, Jinyang Li, Ruijie Wang, Shuochao Yao, Huajie Shao, Dongxin Liu, Shengzhong Liu, Tianshi Wang and Tarek Abdelzaher
    In Proc. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), The Hague, Netherlands (Virtual), December 2020.
  • Social Media Signal Processing
    Tarek Abdelzaher, Prasanna Giridhar
    Social-Behavioral Modeling for Complex Systems, Wiley Press, April 2019.
  • The Age of Social Sensing
    Dong Wang, Bolek Szymanski, Tarek Abdelzaher, Heng Ji, and Lance Kaplan
    IEEE Computer, March 2019.
  • Applying Traditional Signal Processing Techniques to Social Media Exploitation for Situational Understanding
    Tarek Abdelzaher, Michael A. Kolodny, Heather Roy, Prasanna Giridhar, Md. Tanvir Al Amin, Elizabeth K. Bowman
    SPIE Defense and Security, Baltimore, MD, April 2016.