Carnegie Mellon University

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April 25, 2018

Carley Honored With USGIF Academic Achievement Award

By Josh Quicksall

Byron Spice
  • School of Computer Science
  • 412-268-9068

Kathleen M. Carley, director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) in the School of Computer Science's Institute for Software Research, received the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's (USGIF) Academic Achievement Award at the organization's annual symposium this week in Tampa, Florida.

The USGIF, which seeks to advance the geospatial intelligence tradecraft as it relates to national security, cited Carley's development of Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) theory, her work on social network analysis techniques and her development of the geospatial dynamic social network analysis and visualization tool, ORA, as watershed contributions to the field.

"The theory of dynamic network analysis developed by Professor Kathleen Carley has enabled the development of a whole generation of geospatial network analysis and visualization tools," the USGIF said in the award announcement. "By supporting ORA and by training a vast number of researchers in the use of ORA, Dr. Carley has greatly facilitated this field. ORA allows students and researchers to explore multi-dimensional analysis and visualization techniques on many classes of data without having to write code."

ORA is used worldwide for such tasks as assessing disaster response, for gang and drug interdiction and, by NATO, for social media analytics.

A Fellow of IEEE, Carley is recipient of the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, the American Sociological Association (ASA) Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Network for Social Network Analysis' (INSNA) 2011 Simmel Award. She also has served as president of the North American Association for Computational and Organizational Simulation and of the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.