George Chacko
George Chacko
Research Associate Professor
(217) 244-1420
2130 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Research Statement

My scientific interests oscillate around novelty in science, impact, peer review, knowledge diffusion, and research communities. A related interest is the social interactions that drive scientific recognition and achievement. Analyzing citations to the scientific literature, at scale, is central to my work and emphasis is placed on any results being of 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) finally, the evaluation community itself.

More recently, I have drifted towards the identification and characterization of research communities that form around scientific questions. I am establishing new collaborations within and outside the department to support this work. The techniques used in my studies build upon work in scientometrics, sociology, science history, and computer science. A preprint of our latest work on community finding is posted on ArXiv and has since been accepted:

Of possible interest is a course on scientometrics that is being taught in the fall semester of calendar year 2022:

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 598 GGC - Computational Scientometrics