Social Systems Informatics Speaker Series presents Brian Uzzi 2/14/18

The CCS Members who are interested in Social Systems Informatics (led by Program Director Daniel Messinger) have launched a Speaker Series. As the first guest, the group is pleased to present a trio of events around Brian Uzzi.  The main event, a TALK on 2/14 entitled “A Simple Model of the Shift from Low to High Lethality for Terror Organizations” will be preceded by a PAPER READING on 2/12, and a TEAM SCIENCE ROUNDTABLE with Prof. Uzzi earlier in the day on 2/14. (Please Note: Prof. Uzzi will not be present for the 2/12 paper reading session.)

Brian Uzzi is a globally recognized scientist, teacher, consultant, and speaker on leadership, social networks, and new media. In his 2/14 TALK, he will present a mathematical model for predicting a terror group’s capabilities and resources for lethality, as well as the point when terror groups shift from a behavioral state of low to high lethality. At the model’s heart is a novel use of attack lethality and interevent time data. Tested on two released large-scale global terror databases that recorded thousands of verified terror groups and their hundreds of thousands of attacks from 1970–2014, the model provides an indispensable early warning signal for identifying lethality using just a fraction of a group’s early behavior.

Prof. Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management (Professor, Management and Organizations), and Professor of Sociology and Professor of Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.


Time Date Event Qty. Location
1 Mon 2/12 3:00-4:30 PM

Brian Uzzi Journal Club  (Please Note: Prof. Uzzi will not be present for this event.)
Join us to discuss a selection of Brian Uzzi’s papers on how individual behavior and team composition are connected with measures of success. Come to kickstart the conversation, examine ideas, or formulate questions, in preparation for the “Collaborations, Teams, and Emotions” Roundtable with Dr. Uzzi on February 14th. All are welcome (whether or not you are available for the main event afternoon TALK session).   The Science paper and his 2016 PlosOne papers should be read before attending the session.

  1. Uzzi B, et al., Atypical combinations and scientific impact. Science (New York, N.Y.). 342: 468-72.
  2. Liu B, Govindan R, Uzzi B. Do Emotions Expressed Online Correlate with Actual Changes in Decision-Making?: The Case of Stock Day Traders. Plos One. 11: e0144945. PMID 26765539 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144945


10-15 Conference Room
330G Ungar Bldg.
3 Wed 2/14 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

“Collaborations, Teams, and Emptions” Team Science Round  Table Discussion with Prof. Brian Uzzi
A unique opportunity to speak with Dr Uzzi in a small group setting on teamwork, collaborations and individual behavior, informed by the empirical literature on team science and decision making.

25 Abess Center
330G Conf. Room
2 Wed 2/14 3:00-5:00 PM

Brian Uzzi Terrorism TALK: “A Simple Model of the Shift from Low to High Lethality for Terror Organizations”

30-40 Abess Center
230C-D Ungar Bldg.

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