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Computational Approaches to the Network Science of Teams

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  • Date Published: January 2021
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498548

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  • Business operations in large organizations today involve massive, interactive, and layered networks of teams and personnel collaborating across hierarchies and countries on complex tasks. To optimize productivity, businesses need to know: what communication patterns do high-performing teams have in common? Is it possible to predict a team's performance before it starts work on a project? How can productive team behavior be fostered? This comprehensive review for researchers and practitioners in data mining and social networks surveys recent progress in the emerging field of network science of teams. Focusing on the underlying social network structure, the authors present models and algorithms characterizing, predicting, optimizing, and explaining team performance, along with key applications, open challenges, and future trends.

    • Considers a variety of settings, such as research teams, entertainment teams, development teams, and sports teams
    • Discusses state-of-the-art techniques such as reinforcement learning and emerging topics such as human-agent teams
    • Prototype tools for modeling and optimizing teams are available online
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a timely book for team science, with a unique perspective that uses computational approaches to study the network effect on team performance. The book has a nice balance of theory, algorithms, and empirical studies. The authors possess years of experience in the field.' Charu Aggarwal, IBM Research AI

    'A comprehensive study that pushes forward our understanding of and ability to forecast and design team performance - a critical, yet complex human-subject phenomenon to which this book brings in-depth technical rigor.' Leman Akoglu, Carnegie Mellon University

    'This pioneering book is essential to technologists, data scientists, and researchers alike, offering a modern, computational approach to the science of teaming and how to manage the convergence of people, information, and technology in networked organizations.' Norbou Buchler, US Army Data and Analysis Center

    'Li and Tong have provided a thorough and insightful exploration of current research on teams in networks, linking computational techniques with results from the social sciences. A pleasure to read.' Sucheta Soundarajan, Syracuse University

    ‘This brief volume is a valuable resource for managers, but managers with a strong background in data science, and for other technologists involved in designing systems that support user interactions … The added value of this book is provided by the mathematical formalisms used, which encode characteristics of the computational challenges discussed … The topical focus results in a unique volume that might lead interested readers to discover new research avenues … Recommended’ J. Brzezinski, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498548
    • length: 164 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Team performance characterization
    3. Team performance prediction
    4. Team performance optimization
    5. Team performance explanation
    6. Human agent teaming
    7. Conclusion and future work.

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    Computational Approaches to the Network Science of Teams

    Liangyue Li, Hanghang Tong

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    Liangyue Li, Amazon
    Liangyue Li is an applied scientist at Amazon. He received his PhD in computer science from Arizona State University. He has served as a program committee member in top data-mining and artificial intelligence venues (such as SIGKDD, ICML, AAAI and CIKM). He has given a tutorial at WSDM 2018, KDD 2018, and a keynote talk at CIKM 2016 Workshop on Big Network Analytics (BigNet 2016).

    Hanghang Tong, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Hanghang Tong is an associate professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since August 2019, Before that, he was an associate professor at Arizona State University, an assistant professor at City College, City University of New York, a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in machine learning, from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and 2009. His research interest is in large-scale data mining for graphs and multimedia. He received several awards, including NSF CAREER award (2017), ICDM 10-Year Highest Impact Paper Award (2015), four best paper awards (TUP'14, CIKM'12, SDM'08, ICDM'06), six `bests of conference' (ICDM'18, KDD'16, SDM'15, ICDM'15, SDM'11 and ICDM'10), one best demo, honorable mention (SIGMOD'17), and one best demo candidate, second place (CIKM'17). He has published over 100 referred articles. He is the editor-in-chief of SIGKDD Explorations (ACM), an action editor of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Springer), and an associate editor of Neurocomputing Journal (Elsevier); He has served as a program committee member in multiple data-mining, database, and artificial intelligence venues (including SIGKDD, SIGMOD, AAAI, WWW and CIKM).

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