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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Student Workshop on Where the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Meet Society

Linda Casals lindac at
Thu Mar 10 10:15:38 EST 2011

DIMACS/CCICADA Student Workshop on Where the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Meet Society
   April 8, 2011
   DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

Student Organizers:
    Ed Chien, Rutgers University, (Math) 
    Bobby DeMarco, Rutgers University, (Math) 
    Brad Greening, Rutgers University, (Ecology) 
    Emilie Hogan, Rutgers University, (Math) 
    Scott Kulp, Rutgers University, (CS) 
    Matthew Oster, Rutgers University, (Operations Research) 
    Brian Thompson, Rutgers University, (CS) 

Faculty Organizer:
    Tami Carpenter, DIMACS 

Presented under the auspices of The Homeland Security Center for
Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data
Analysis (CCICADA). 


We rarely view math and computer science as inherently "social
sciences"; yet, they can play an important role in helping to
understand and address problems facing society.

Computational and mathematical algorithms can optimize the use of
scarce resources; they can model the spread of disease and the
propagation of warnings during an emergency; identify patterns and
anomalies that signal a disease outbreak, cyberattack, or simply
equipment needing maintenance; they can help us understand and respond
to the dynamics of human behavior during an evacuation; improve cargo
screening; and help a computer become a Jeopardy! champion. These are
just a few of the uses of mathematical and computational algorithms
that are underway at the Center for Command Control and
Interoperability for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a Department of
Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by Rutgers.

This workshop is organized by the seven graduate student fellows
associated with CCICADA and intended for an undergraduate audience or
anyone who would simply like to gain insights on some of these uses of
math and computer science. The talks will highlight the work of
CCICADA students and faculty and emphasize ways in which math and
computer science are playing a role in addressing issues that affect
society or are helping us understand it better.

The workshop will examine timely and important applications from a
variety of fields. These include emergency response, public health,
medicine, social media and networking, and will feature a panel
discussion on "emerging challenge areas" to which mathematical
modeling and computer algorithms can be brought to bear.

Call for Participation:

The workshop is open to all interested participants, subject to space
limitations. To participate, please register.

We especially encourage undergraduates to register and attend. All
talks will we accessible to undergraduates, and we hope they will give
students an idea of the breadth of topics to which mathematical and
computational modeling can be applied. 

Workshop Program:

The following workshop program is still under development and is
subject to change. Please check back closer to the date of the
workshop in case there are time changes.

 8:45 -  9:15	Continental Breakfast

 9:15 -  9:40   Welcome & CCICADA Overview
                Tami Carpenter, Research Professor, DIMACS, Rutgers

 9:40 - 10:10   Visualizing Blood Flow through the Heart
                Scott Kulp, Graduate Student, Computer Science, Rutgers

10:10 - 10:40   Detecting Anomalous Activity in Computer and Phone Networks
                Brian Thompson, Graduate Student, Computer Science, Rutgers

10:40 - 11:00   Break

11:00 - 11:30   Optimal Resource Allocation and Evacuation in Urban Crises
                Brad Greening, Graduate Student, Ecology, Evolution and Natural
		Resources, Rutgers

11:30 - 12:25   Algorithms Meet Social Media
                Morning Keynote: Mor Naaman
                Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers

12:25 -  1:15   Lunch

 1:15 -  2:00   Panel Discussion: Emerging Challenge Areas

 2:00 -  2:30   Modeling the Diffusion of Actionable Information in Social Networks
                Cindy Hui, Graduate Student, Industrial and Systems Engineering, RPI

 2:30 -  3:25   TBD
                Afternoon Keynote: Nina Fefferman
		Professor, DIMACS & Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers

 3:25 -  3:30   Adjourn


 For details and to register see:


Information on participation, registration, accommodations, 
 and travel can be found at:

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