METASCIENCE, SCIENCE POLICY AND ETHICS

Through DARPA's Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence (SCORE) program, we are developing artificial prediction markets to evaluate the reproducibility of published research claims in the social and behavioral science literatures. Markets are populated by artificial agents; they will be trained and updated within human-expert prediction markets, but deployable offline. This line of work aims to improve our understanding of the robustness of the existing social science literature and highlight paths forward for a more credible, interpretable scholarly record.

In parallel, we are also working with the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics to study trends in research and publishing, integrating data from their annual Survey of Doctoral Recipients. Our broader aim is data-driven policies on scientific processes and funding, with specific focus on underrepresented PhD recipients. 

Recent papers on science policy focus on the ethics of securing our increasingly interdependent cyber-physical critical infrastructure.

  • C. Grady, S. Rajtmajer, L. Dennis. When smart systems fail: the ethics of cyber-physical critical infrastructure risk. IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS), November 2020.

  • L. Dennis, S. Rajtmajer, C. Grady. Analyzing cyber-physical threats to Pennsylvania dams through a lens of vulnerability. IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS), November 2020.

  • J. Wu, P. Wang, X. Wei, S. Rajtmajer, C. Lee Giles, C. Griffin. Accurate Acknowledgement Entity Recognition in CORD-19 Papers. Workshop on Scholarly Document Processing and Shared Tasks at The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP SDP), November 2020. 

  • M. Gomez, S. Garcia, S. Rajtmajer, C. Grady, A. Mejia. Fragility of a Multilayer Network of Intrantaional Supply Chains. Applied Network Science, September 2020.

  • S. Garcia, S. Rajtmajer, C. Grady, P. Mohammadpour, A. Mejia. Performance of a Multiplex Commodity Flow Network in the United States Under Disturbance. International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications (Complex Networks), December 2019.

©2020 Sarah Rajtmajer, PhD