How can Big Data help us understand human behavior, social networks, and success?

Dashun Wang is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems at Northwestern University. He leads a group of researchers who are extremely passionate about data. Their research combines statistical physics, computer science, and computational social science to exploit the opportunities and promises offered by Big Data. Through the lens of new and increasingly available large-scale datasets, they use and develop tools of network science to help us better understand and predict social interactions, human mobility, knowledge production, and scientific impact.

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