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Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:3504-10. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1035-3504.

Visual social network analysis: effective approach to model complex human social, behaviour & culture.

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  • 1Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA. tahram@ucf.edu


The advent and adoption of internet-based social networking has significantly altered our daily lives. The educational community has taken notice of the positive aspects of social networking such as creation of blogs and to support groups of system designers going through the same challenges and difficulties. This paper introduces a social networking framework for collaborative education, design and modeling of the next generation of smarter products and services. Human behaviour modeling in social networking application aims to ensure that human considerations for learners and designers have a prominent place in the integrated design and development of sustainable, smarter products throughout the total system lifecycle. Social networks blend self-directed learning and prescribed, existing information. The self-directed element creates interest within a learner and the ability to access existing information facilitates its transfer, and eventual retention of knowledge acquired.

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