George Chacko

George Chacko
George Chacko
  • Research Associate Professor
2130 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Resident Instruction

  • CS 598: Computational Scientometrics

Research Statement

My scientific interests are centered around novelty in science, impact, peer review, knowledge diffusion, and research community structure. A related interest is the social interactions that drive scientific recognition and achievement. Emphasis is placed on value to at least one of four stakeholders: (i) research funders, who want to know what their support has achieved and what it might in future, (ii) research institutions who ask the same questions as funders but are recipients of funds and must strategize to sustain their existing support and/or augment it, (iii) providers of research analytical services who think beyond the confines of commonplace global metrics such as the h-index and its well documented limitations, and (iv) the evaluation community.  Other (and more informal) descriptions of my interests and outlook on research can be found here and here

I am presently working on the identification and characterization of research communities that form around scientific questions. The techniques used in my studies build upon work in scientometrics, sociology, science history, and computer science. 

CS 597 offerings: I am willing to offer CS 597 courses for current PhD or MS students at UIUC who are looking for potential thesis topics. The research I can advise on is presently focused on clustering, community detection. community search with application to the real world problems of science mapping, research evaluation, and scientometrics. A key part of the group experience is developing the ability to critically interpret the literature relevant to our interests. Students are required to develop verbal and written communications skills.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Park et al. (2024) Identifying Well-Connected Communities in Real-World and Synthetic Networks. In: Cherifi, H., Rocha, L.M., Cherifi, C., Donduran, M. (eds) Complex Networks & Their Applications XII. COMPLEX NETWORKS 2023. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 1142. Springer, Cham.

Pending Articles

  • Park et al. (2024) Well-Connectedness and Community Detection (in review PLOS Complex Systems)

Invited Lectures

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Program Committee, International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) 2023

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 598 GGC - Computational Scientometrics

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