AccelNet Multinet 2022: Collabathon
This year’s Collabathon is about dynamic network structures—techniques for rewiring network edges according to some rule, property, or objective. These kinds of network dynamics play an important (and recurring) role in contemporary Network Science, with domain-specific applications (e.g. rewiring friendship networks in social systems, rewiring neuronal networks in brain dynamics, etc.) as well as theoretical / statistical applications (e.g. randomization for null models, temporal network models, etc.).
Collabathons are infrastructural. The output from any one Collabathon is not meant to be a finished research project; instead, Collabathons are useful for creating and consolidating a set of tools that make future research more streamlined for the Network Science community. Along the way, however, Collabathons undoubtedly bring forth new ideas—both in the development of new network methods and in new research directions. An example of a previous Collabathon is from 2019, where two dozen researchers at Northeastern University spent several days to create netrd, a Python software package that 1) reconstructs networks from time series data and 2) quantifies the difference between pairs of networks using graph distance measures. This event was the culmination of several weeks of planning and discussions about the aim and scope of the problem, but it was also the first of many collaborations, new ideas, and development.
The 2022 AccelNet Collabathon will take place on July 18, 19, and 20 at Northeastern University’s Roux Institute in Portland, Maine. Travel and accommodation for AccelNet-MultiNet Fellows, Northeastern University Network Science students, and more, will be supported through a joint effort from the Network Science Institutes of Northeastern University (NetSI) and Indiana University (IUNI) as a part of a National Science Foundation initiative. Participants will arrive in Portland, Maine, on Sunday, July 17 and stay until the morning of Thursday, July 21. During the days on July 18, 19, and 20, the Collabathon team will alternate between small-group coding sessions and large group planning / consolidation sessions. By the end of the Collabathon, the goal will be to have implemented as many techniques for network rewiring dynamics as possible, each of which being tested, validated, and documented in a new Python-based software package available to the general public.