Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Predictive Behavioral Modeling
Cultural Identity and Cultural Change
Online Social Networks
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
Fortran, HTML, Lisp, Pascal, Python, Other
Sun-Ki Chai is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at the Department of Sociology, University of Hawai`i. He has a BS in Mathematical Sciences, an MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Political Science, all from Stanford University. His main theoretical interests are the study of formal, computational models of culture, as well as their integration with choice-theoretic models of action and network models of structure. His main substantive interests are in comparative national development, with more specific studies on the role of cultural institutions in the economic development of East Asian industrializing economies and on the social construction of ethnic identity and its role in collective action.
He is the author of the book Choosing an Identity: A General Model of Preference and Belief Formation(University of Michigan Press, 2001), the co-editor of the book Culture and Social Theory (Transaction Publishers, 1998), and has published articles in journals in the disciplines of sociology, political science, and economics. He has been selected over $3.5 in extramural grants in the area of culture and behavioral modeling and has recently patented a technology that applies social network and content analysis theories to a specialized web crawler and analyzer.
It was good to meet you (again!) at the Bytemarks lunch last week. One of these times we will be able to sit near other and I can learn more about your work. I am very interested in your book and hope you might consider adding a few blog posts here about the process. Technology, the internet, and the ease of travel makes it ever so easy to adopt not only a new personality but also a new "tribe" so to speak.