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Research Interests

Professor Contractor has been at the forefront of three emerging interdisciplines: network science, computational social science and web science. He is investigating how social and knowledge networks form – and perform - in contexts including business, scientific communities, healthcare and space travel.

Education/Academic qualification

Communication, PhD, University of Southern California

… → 1987

Communication, MA, University of Southern California

… → 1986

Electrical Engineering, BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

… → 1983

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  • Research Output

    Assessing the stability of egocentric networks over time using the digital participant-aided sociogram tool Network Canvas

    Hogan, B., Janulis, P. F., Phillips ii, G. L., Melville, J., Mustanski, B., Contractor, N. & Birkett, M., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Network Science. p. 204-222 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Networked experiments and modeling for producing collective identity in a group of human subjects using an iterative abduction framework

    Cedeno-Mieles, V., Hu, Z., Ren, Y., Deng, X., Adiga, A., Barrett, C., Contractor, N., Ekanayake, S., Epstein, J. M., Goode, B. J., Korkmaz, G., Kuhlman, C. J., Machi, D., Macy, M. W., Marathe, M. V., Ramakrishnan, N., Ravi, S. S., Saraf, P. & Self, N., Dec 1 2020, In : Social Network Analysis and Mining. 10, 1, 11.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Author Correction: Prior shared success predicts victory in team competitions (Nature Human Behaviour, (2019), 3, 1, (74-81), 10.1038/s41562-018-0460-y)

    Mukherjee, S., Huang, Y., Neidhardt, J., Uzzi, B. & Contractor, N., Apr 1 2019, In : Nature human behaviour. 3, 4, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access

    Comparing utility-based and network-based approaches in modeling customer preferences for engineering design

    Sha, Z., Bi, Y., Wang, M., Stathopoulos, A., Contractor, N., Fu, Y. & Chen, W., Jan 1 2019, In : Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED. 2019-August, p. 3831-3840 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Data-driven dynamic network modeling for analyzing the evolution of product competitions

    Xie, J., Bi, Y., Sha, Z., Wang, M., Fu, Y., Contractor, N., Gong, L. & Chen, W., Jan 1 2019, 45th Design Automation Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; vol. 2A-2019).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution