Mathematics of Social Learning

January 6 - 10, 2014


The goal of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians, physicists, and social, information, and computer scientists to explore the dynamics of social learning and cultural evolution. Of particular interest will be ways of using data from social media and online experiments to address questions of interest, which include but are not limited to:

  • How do individual attributes and cognitive constraints affect the dynamics and evolution of social behavior?
  • How does network structure both within and between groups (including online networks and communities) affect social learning and cultural evolution?
  • What are the similarities and differences between cultural and genetic evolution?
  • How do social norms emerge and evolve?
  • What are the main mechanisms driving social learning and the evolution of culture?

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for posters will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop.

Organizing Committee

Santo Fortunato (Aalto University)
James Fowler (University of California, San Diego (UCSD))
Kristina Lerman (University of Southern California (USC))
Michael Macy (Cornell University)
Cosma Shalizi (Carnegie-Mellon University)