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Thursday 17 Jan 2019Complex Systems Modeling of Cultural Products and Influence Networks

Dr. Juyong Park - KAIST, South Korea

IAIS Building/LT2 14:30-15:30

With the advent of large-scale data and the concurrent development of robust scientific tools to analyze them, important discoveries are beingmade in a wider range of scientific disciplines than ever before. A field of research that has gained substantial attention recently is the analytical, large-scale study of human behavior, where many analytical and statistical techniques are applied to various behavioral data from online social media, markets, and mobile communication, enabling meaningful strides in understanding the complex patterns of humans and their social actions.

The importance of such research originates from the social nature of humans, an essential human nature that clearly needs to be understood to ultimately understand ourselves. Another essential human nature is that they are creative beings, continually expressing inspirations or emotions in various physical forms such as a picture, sound, or writing. As we are successfully probing the social behaviours humans through science and novel data, it is natural and potentially enlightening to pursue an understanding of the creative nature of humans in an analogous way. Further, what makes such research even more potentially beneficial is that human creativity has always been in an interplay of mutual influence with the scientific and technological advances, being supplied with new tools and media for creation, and in return providing valuable scientific insights. In this talk I will present recent works on the mathematical analysis of color contrast in painting, and construction of content-based influence networks in culture.

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