UL, founded in 1537, currently has around 13,000 students and 2,200 researchers. According to the Leiden Ranking, it has the 6th highest research impact rating among European universities, and is 1st in citations per publication. IGUL is a research institute within the Faculty of Geosciences. It has considerable experience in state-of-the-art methodologies of contemporary geography: multi-level territorial studies, urban geography, the geography of multinational firms, network and systems dynamics, and large databases and computer systems.
Celine Rozenblat is professor in human geographer at IGUL. Her research focuses on multinational firm networks, European and World urban system evolution over the long term, and the relation between economic and social networks in multi-level territorial processes. She has coordinated several national and international research projects, and in 2005 she won the prestigious Sandoz award. She is currently vice-president of the Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union.
In addition to others from the Institute staff, the IGUL team will include two distinguished outside researchers who are affiliated with several other IGUL research projects and have agreed to participate in INSITE.
Noshir Contractor is White Professor of Behavior Sciences in the School of Communication and Kellogg School of Management and Director of the Science of Networks in Communities Research Group at Northwestern University (USA). His research investigates factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities In particular, he and his collaborators have studied network dynamics in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds, such as Second Life and MMOGs. Guy Melancon is a leading expert in information visualization, particularly for networks. He currently is Prof. of Computer Science at the University of Bordeaux and a member of the CNRS UMN LaBRI.
Rozenblat with work closely with the CNRS team in WP7, in all its activities investigating cities and urban systems as generalized ICT. Moreover, the IGUL team, especially Rozenblat, Contractor and Melancon, will serve as the project’s primary locus of network expertise in network analysis, dynamics and visualization, and as such will advise and participate in the activities of all INSITE working groups for whom these areas are important – which span almost the whole spectrum of INSITE activities in WPs 2, 3,4, 6 and 7.
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