CSCDS is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars with a shared interest in developing advanced quantitative and computational methods, and applying them to research in the humanities and social sciences. 

We can achieve these aims best collaboratively working as a single, cohesive community.  As a result, our community consists of both researchers in the social and cultural sciences who seek to apply new techniques in their inquiries and those from quantitative disciplines with interests in discovering new applications, motivations, and contexts for their work.

We’re always looking for opportunities and new ways to serve our mission. If you’re interested in joining the Centre or have ideas for future Centre activities, please get in touch by email!

Meet our Director

Derek Ruths

Derek RuthsDerek Ruths is Associate Professor of Computer Science at McGill University.  He joined the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD in Computer Science at Rice University.  His ongoing work considers the problem of characterizing and predicting the large-scale dynamics of human behaviour in online social platforms.  His work involves active collaborations with colleagues in the social sciences, humanities, and in industry.  He has published in top-tier journals and conferences including Science, EMNLP, ICWSM, and PLoS Computational Biology.  His research is funded by a wide array of organizations including NSERC, SSHRC, tech companies, and the US National Science Foundation - underscoring the broad, interdisciplinary nature of his work.

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