TEAMOPT: Interactive team optimization in big networks

Liangyue Li, Hanghang Tong, Nan Cao, Kate Ehrlich, Yu Ru Lin, Norbou Buchler

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The science of team science is a rapidly emerging research field that studies strategies to understand and enhance the process and outcomes of collaborative, team-based research. An interesting research question we address in this work is how to maintain and optimize the team performance should certain changes happen to the team. In particular, we take the network approach to understanding the teams and consider optimizing the teams with several operations (e.g., replacement, expansion, shrinkage). We develop TeamOpt, a system to assist users in optimizing the team performance interactively to support the changes to a team. TeamOpt takes as input a large network of individuals (e.g., co-author network of researchers) and is able to assist users in assembling a team with specific requirements and optimizing the team in response to the changes made to the team. It is effective in finding the best candidates, and interactive with users' feedback in the loop. The system is developed using HTML5, JavaScript, D3.js (front-end) and Python CGI (back-end). A prototype system is already deployed. We will invite the audience to experiment with our TeamOpt in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency and applicability to various scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCIKM 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340731
StatePublished - Oct 24 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event25th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2016 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2016Oct 28 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings


Other25th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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