A computational model of team assembly in emerging scientific fields

Alina Lungeanu, Sophia Sullivan, Uri Wilensky, Noshir S. Contractor

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This paper examines the assembly of interdisciplinary teams in emerging scientific fields. We develop and validate a hybrid systems dynamics and agent-based computational model using data over a 15 year period from the assembly of teams in the emerging scientific field of Oncofertility. We found that, when a new field emerges, team assembly is influenced by the reputation and seniority of the researchers, prior collaborators, prior collaborators' collaborators, and the prior popularity of an individual as a collaborator by all others. We also found that individuals are more likely to assemble into an Oncofertility team when there is a modicum of overlap across its global ecosystem of teams; the ecosystem is defined as the collection of teams that share members with other teams that share members with the Oncofertility team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781467397438
StatePublished - Feb 16 2016
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015 - Huntington Beach, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 9 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


OtherWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHuntington Beach

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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