Social Networks and Computational Social Science

Social Networks and Computational Social Science supports research in social dynamics, human geography and cyber-social science to understand naval concerns of conflict, civil instability, disaster and crisis response, humanitarian assistance and the transformation of military operations in the new information age. Supported work includes social science based models, new capabilities, and affordances for understanding socio-cultural aspects of human behavior for understanding conflict resolution in complex situations.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Social network analysis and computational social science methods and modeling
  • Conflict and influence in cyberspace in cross-cultural perspectives
  • Artificial intelligence, data mining and deep learning for understanding human conflicts
  • Complex adaptive systems models for understanding modern conflicts

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Improving information flow in high tempo, high impact, multi-national disasters and humanitarian crises
  • Development of new capabilities for information environment assessment in dynamic information contests
  • Understanding cyber-social group behavior in conflict
  • New technologies for detecting social hysteria propagation, crowd manipulation and group polarization processes
  • Cyber conflict resolution and understanding the problem of influence, socially, psychologically and cross-culturally

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Rebecca Goolsby

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 341

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How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.

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