What's Up at CNS

Does Open Source Open Doors?

February 13, 2017

Nowadays it is not completely unthinkable to hear about inspiring women in tech, but still there is a huge gender inequality in the IT world, despite the evidence [1] that gender diverse teams perform better. The idea of women programmers is still not widely acceptable and they might take different paths in order to be successful in a field which is full of stereotypes and is not considered as a ‘girlie’ profession.

At last week’s research seminar we heard an interesting presentation from Orsi Vásárhelyi about her research topic on female success in a project-based environment and how female career paths might differ from male career paths. In IT, development requires team work, so besides knowledge and good programming skills your success depends on collaboration. In her research Orsi used data from the popular Open Source community, known as GitHub, where developers share their work (an application, for example) and they often collaborate. But GitHub also serves as a social networking site for the IT community. Orsi presented how this data can be used to measure performance and success on individual level and on team level, to detect gender inequalities in the IT profession (we heard about Django girls), and not least to study how success and paths to success differ based on gender.

Award for First-Year Doctoral Student

January 31, 2017

Johannes Wachs - PhD student at the Center for Network Science - has received the Academic Achievement Award for First-Year Doctoral Students for his 2015-16 academic year performance. Congratulations!

Our Visiting Scholar at Oxford University

January 31, 2017

During my PhD career at the Center for Network Science at CEU, I have got the opportunity to join the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford as a Visiting Scholar for three months.

Center Has Strong Presence at Flagship Conference on Networks

January 26, 2017

The Center for Network Science sent a large group of participants to Tel Aviv for this year's NetSciX, the subject's flagship winter conference. In addition to hearing keynote luminaries like Sandy Pentland, Lada Adamic, and Sune Lehman, the group shared their results and work in progress. Students David Deritei, Orsolya Vasarhelyi, and Johannes Wachs, postdoctoral fellow Ancsa Hannak, and professors Roberta Sinatra and Janos Kertesz presented work in conference sessions ranging from social and political networks to biological networks.