ANR-Lab staff at the EUSN 2023 conference on social networks
On September 4-8, the 7th European Conference on Social Networks EUSN 2023 was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where laboratory members presented their reports, learned about the latest developments in the field of network analysis, and also met with their colleagues from foreign universities.
The EUSN conference is held biennially in Europe for researchers in the social sciences broadly defined, as well as statistics, computer science, data science, physics, economics, humanities and other areas related to network analysis. This year the conference was held at the University of Ljubljana at the Faculty of Social Sciences, with which the scientific advisors of ANR-Lab are associated – Anušhka Ferligoj and Vladimir Batagelj.
Anušhka Ferligoj opened the conference with welcome speech.
During the conference, ANR-Lab members presented a total of 8 reports.
Vladimir Batagelj made a report at the 'Blockmodeling, community detection and network partitioning' session (where he also was a moderator): 'Cores in multiway networks'
Daria Maltseva and Irina Pavlova spoke at the 'Networks and knowledge production' session:
– Daria Maltseva: 'Structures of collaboration in local scientific community: case of Russian sociologists'
– Irina Pavlova: 'International dimension of Russian science in Sociology: bibliometric analysis'
Stanislav Moiseev, Sergey Davydov and Tamara Shcheglova presented reports in the poster session:
– Stanislav Moiseev: 'How to measure and compare brands in online social media'
– Sergey Davydov: 'Understanding media profession: a network analysis of journalistic roles indicators'
– Tamara Shcheglova: 'Exploring the possibilities of using social media data and network analysis to study emotions tied to a place in the city'
Ilia Karpov presented two reports at once: one in the session 'Social media, online networks' and the other in the poster session:
– 'NLP meets SNA - Injecting Social Network Knowledge to Language Models'
– 'Unsupervised web page information extraction using Graph Neural Network'
In their free time from the conference, the ANR-Lab team met with foreign scientists to discuss cooperation in educational and scientific projects - Anušhka Ferligoj, Vladimir Batagelj, Marjan Cugmas, Luka Kronegger, Elisa Belotti, Nada Lavrač, Lovro Šubelj and others.
The conference turned out to be interesting and useful for the participants – ideas emerged for continuing old and starting new research, and the staff acquired new ones and strengthened existing contacts with researchers from other universities.
The conference turned out to be, on the one hand, intimate, but on the other hand, intense and eventful. On the one hand, there were experts in mathematical methods, and on the other, researchers who apply these methods in their own field. This is a conference of like-minded people looking for ideas to develop their research programs.
It was great to attend an offline conference and see colleagues outside of Zoom, as well as hear about the latest developments in network analysis. I received a lot of recommendations on how to further develop my research, including what difficulties I might encounter – now I’m working through all the possible options.