The Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University (<a target="">http://SocialMediaLab.ca</a>) studies how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user-generated big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society. This presentation will highlight some of the various research initiatives currently underway at the Lab.
<p><span><a href="http://anatoliygruzd.com/">Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd</a> is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Management at the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. He is also the Director of the <a href="http://socialmedialab.ca/">Social Media Lab</a>, a member of the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie University and a co-editor of a new, multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published by Sage.</span><span>This year, Dr. Gruzd is co-organizing the 2014 <a href="http://socialmediaandsociety.com/">Social Media & Society Conference</a> and co-editing a <a href="http://socialmedialab.ca/?page_id=7645" target="_blank">special issue on <em>Measuring Influence in Social Media </em>for American Behavioral Scientist</a>. </span><span>The broad aim of </span><span>Dr. Gruzd’s </span><span>various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.</span><span>His research and commentaries have been reported across Canada and internationally in various mass media outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, Nature.com, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Canadian Press</span></p>