• Date and time: Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6.30pm
  • Location: Ron Cooke Hub auditorium
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

Event details

Computer Science Roundhouse Lecture

Do you know what the main drive of a modern scientist is? Passion, ambition? Wrong!

It is getting a bunch of numbers as high as possible: citations, H-index, etc. Science metrics are indeed useful but they need to be taken with care. Professor Fortunato will introduce citation-based indicators of scientific impact, present their properties and flaws. He will also illustrate how scholars try to game the system, to achieve better indicators.

He will warn against the possibility of predicting the future impact of a scientist and show how reputation can artificially boost the impact of a work. Finally he will prove that you will never get the Nobel Prize, sadly.

Drinks reception will precede the public lecture at 6pm in the Ron Cooke Hub atrium.

Professor Santo Fortunato, Aalto University, Finland
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