RTI International to Host Summer Institute in Computational Social Science

June 14, 2019

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI will be a host and partner institution for the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) on June 17-28, 2019. SICSS is a two-week event held in conjunction with Princeton University that brings together researchers interested in applying computational science methods to social science disciplines like sociology, economics and political science.

Sessions will take place in tandem with the main event at Princeton University, along with nine other partner institutions around the world. RTI is the only non-university to host a partner site for SICSS.

In the first week of SICSS, attendees will watch streamed lectures from Princeton on topics such as text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, nonprobability sampling, mass collaboration and ethics. During the second week, teams will develop research projects related to computational social science. A number of these participant-led research projects will be conducted with RTI datasets. Specifically, some of this work will focus on:

  • exploring food security in Rwanda using drone imagery
  • and identifying public health trends in North Carolina through artificial population data.

During the last day of SICSS, participants will present their research projects. This event will be open to RTI staff, as well as the general public, and a presentation schedule will be provided closer to the event. Sessions will also be archived on the SICSS YouTube channel.

Participants at the RTI location of SICSS include graduate students, professors, researchers and RTI staff members from around the world whose work spans multiple disciplines. Learn more about them and their research interests.