Detecting Innovation in Networks of Collaboration: A Graph Theoretical Approach

Saturday, 14 February 2015: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL21B (San Jose Convention Center)
Nadya Bliss, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Innovation in science is difficult to define other than in hindsight. We present a novel method to identify and analyze patterns of scientific innovation based on advanced work in graph theory. Widely accepted innovations lead to a subsequent rearrangement of patterns of collaboration that is detectable by signal detection algorithms applied to time series of large networks of collaborations. This method enables us to find hotspots of scientific activity amendable for further analysis.