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

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Resident Instruction

  • CS 598: Computational Scientometrics

Research Statement

My scientific interests oscillate 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. Analyzing citations to the scientific literature (at scale) is central to my work. 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've 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. Our latest work on overlapping clusters has been accepted by Quantitative Science Studies and is posted on ArXiv (https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2208.04842). Of possible interest is a graduate course on scientometrics that is being taught in the fall semester of calendar year 2022. Also of possible interest may be this link that leads to information on my collaboration with Tandy Warnow, with whom I have written a number of papers. This collaboration is now supported by a grant in 2022 from the Insper:Illinois collaboration as well as a research project from the Oracle Corporation in the form of cloud credits that cover the operational costs of a a VM and cloud storage in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. These collaborations involve Charles Kirschbaum and Fabio Ayres from Insper and my long time collaborator Dmitriy Korobskiy at NTT DATA Services (who contributes his effort during his off hours from work because he enjoys working with us).

We have funding for a PhD student to work on this project, which has many interesting dimensions so interested PhD students are encouraged to reach out.

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 (joint with Tandy Warnow) is presently focused on clustering and community detection with application to the real world problems of science mapping, research evaluation, and scientometrics. . Please email me if this work interests you. Students I have worked with. Undergraduate. Hemank Kohli and Franklin Moy (ECE), Akhil Jakatdar, Isabella Nisperos, Trisha Manna (CS) Graduate: Elaina Wittmer, Sid Ahuja, Deep Kotadia (CS). Through collaboration with Tandy Warnow: Eleanor Wedell, Minhyuk Park, Baqiao Liu (CS).

Selected Articles in Journals

Pending Articles

  • AOC; Assembling Overlapping Clusters (2022) Jakatdar, A; Warnow, T; and Chacko, G. Submitted to Quantitative Science Studies. https://arxiv.org/abs/2208.04842 [on August 18 2022, we discovered a coding error that impacts modularity calculations. The error was corrected and a new version posted on arXiv.][accepted Nov 7, 2022]

Invited Lectures

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 598 GGC - Computational Scientometrics