News / NSF awards Brusilovsky grant to model latent communities

Peter Brusilovsky, Professor, was awarded a grant for $140,145 from the National Science Foundation. The grant was made as part of the “Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research” (EAGER) program. The funds will permit identifying the composition and intent of online communities, and to present that understanding in ways so as to better understand the community’s structure. Technology permits the creation of latent communities through tools such as blog comments or tagging. If properly collected and analyzed, data about such communities could be modeled and visualized to support recommendation approaches. In the case of the numerous scientific communities, the awareness of such communities could lead to the development of broad-based scientific collaborations. For more information about Dr. Brusilovsky’ s grant, please visit the NSF’s awards page.