February 2012 - Robert Ackland wrote a policy brief titled Social media and national security: A computational social scientist's perspective for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.


R. Ackland - travel grant to attend the Fourth International Workshop on Network Theory: Networked Social Movements, jointly organised by the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) and SONIC, held at the University of Southern California, 26-28 April.

ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grant for "Computational Social Science Weblab" (R. Ackland and L. Xie; $10K, 2013).

Seminar/workshop presentations

April/May 2012 - Robert Ackland gave presentations on "Revealed Preference in Information Networks" at:

August 2012 - Robert Ackland gave a presentation on "Science and the Social Media: A Computational Social Science Perspective" at  panel organised by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, ACT Division, 15 August.  Download presentation.

August 2012 - Dr Maurice Vergeer (Radboud University Nijmegen) gave an ADSRI seminar presentation on "Online political communication in elections: The use of party and candidate websites and social media in election campaigns."

November 2012 - Robert Ackland presented on "Social Media and the Network Structure of Social Capital" at the ANU's Social Psychology Spring Workshop "Considering social capital: Perspectives across the social and behavioural sciences".


Chengjun Wang, doctoral student from the Web Mining Lab at the City University of Hong Kong, visited ADSRI and the VOSON project from February to June.