I study networks, innovation, and computational social science
Contact: hbao at hbs dot edu or baohlcs at gmail dot com
#I stand for open science
Hi there! My name is Honglin Bao (he/him). I go by Honglin - 虹霖🏳️🌈. I am a junior researcher of computational social science at D^3/Harvard Business School, working with Drs. Anjali M. Bhatt and Amit Goldenberg. I also collaborate on papers with Dr. Misha Teplitskiy (UMichigan School of Information) and NC State Network Analysis Group, among other smart brains.
I study the social processes that bridge Networks and Innovation, from team network design, social evaluation, to the forces of technology and institutions that accelerate innovation diffusion and scientific discovery.
Methodologically I use and develop data-driven, language and network-based computational methods, machine learning, causal inference, and agent-based modeling, complemented by some experimentation and classic econometrics.
"Complex systems science" has largely shaped my research trajectory. Much of my current focus is on science and technology, but I am also broadly interested in the contagious dynamics within social collectives, which lead to unexpected yet patterned knowledge and norms.
My first-authored papers across computer science, network science, and social sciences appear in top refereed journals and proceedings including Nature Communications.
I have training in mathematics, computer science, social science, and evolutionary biology. Before coming to HBS, I graduated from Michigan State, worked in the tech industry and dedicated years to volunteering with LGBTQ health in China. I'm a big fan of sports.