Philip Cho is Assistant Professor at Yonsei University and formerly a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore.
Philip’s research examines how cross-cultural differences in cognition are reproduced in social networks and historically change. His publications include historical and ethnographic studies of scientific practice in Asia; laboratory experiments on mathematical cognition; and quantitative modelling of the migration of research networks. He draws on a background in cognitive neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, he established the Culture and Cognition Program at the National University of Singapore. With a grant from the Global Asia Institute, he is the principal investigator of a project on Mapping the Technological and Cultural Landscape of Scientific Development in Asia. This involves the development of novel data-mining software and quantitative methods for studying the migration of research networks. In 2013, he received a grant from the Templeton Foundation for collaborative research with researchers at Oxford, Binghamton, and Queen’s University Belfast on the cognitive basis of rituals and the development of religious communities in Asia.
Dr Cho brings extensive experience and knowledge of scientific collaboration across Asia, and particular skills in quantitative analytical methods and associated software. He has, for example, deployed scientometric analysis to analyse the development of the Pan-Asian Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (PASNP) Consortium, the first inter-Asian genomics network. This research identified the key players in facilitating collaborative research in an emerging pan-Asian research network, developing metrics to measure the impact of research facilitators on scholarly publication networks. This assessed how often individual researchers completed the pathway or connection between two other researchers who subsequently co-author together. The research demonstrated that there are a growing number of inter-Asian research consortiums which assert and thus reflexively define a pan-Asian regionalism. Asia has thus emerged as an increasingly integrated research area through research facilitation, indirect, or mediated third-party introductions.
The case study of Singapore Science Park will be led by Dr Cho, who will also bring his general expertise on science policy and scientific collaboration across Asia, together with a background in the history and sociology of science. Additionally, NUS has also offered to support website development for the network, and to extend collaboration with Hullupo.net as it emerges. A Research Assistant at NUS will liaise with the PI and the Network Facilitator to support these linkages.
Cho, P.S., Do, H.H.N., Chandrasekaran, M.K., Kan M-Y. (2013) Identifying research facilitators in an emerging Asian Research Area Scientometrics 97. 75-97
Cho, P. S., Bullock, N., & Ali, D. (2013) The bioinformatic basis of Pan-Asianism East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 7.2. 1–27
Do, H. H. N., Chandrasekaran, M. K., Cho, P. S., & Kan, M. Y. (2013) ‘Extracting and matching authors and affiliations in scholarly documents’ In Joint conference on digital libraries. New York: ACM