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Weninger Receives AFOSR Grant

Virginia Watterson • DATE: December 20, 2013

Assistant Professor Tim Weninger, has received a three-year award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  The award will support their project titled “Socio-Digital Influence Attack Models and Deterrence”. The research to be conducted aims to conduct several large-scale social and computational experiments, and will result in a general model of the effect that user-agents, including rouge or enemy actors, have in social news platforms. This model will be used to determine an appropriate deterrence strategy with the goal of making these types of systems resilient to influence attacks.

The study of influence dynamics on social platforms is a critical step towards a deeper understanding of influence effects and other complex interactions between individuals using new technology.