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IGERT Reunion Conference

Center for the Study of Complex Systems
20th Anniversary IGERT Reunion and
Complex Systems Celebration Conference

Sept. 28-29, 2023

10th Floor, Weiser Hall


The NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)  awarded to CSCS ran from 2022 to 2012.
To commemorate 20 years since the program started, we invite Complex Systems IGERT fellows to gather in Ann Arbor for a reunion event on Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. 

The program for this event corresponds to the theme of the Complex Systems IGERT: Institutions, Diversity, Emergence, Adaptations and Structures (IDEAS).

Thursday, Sept. 28

10:30 Coffee/breakfast/social

Welcome and Introduction
Marisa Eisenberg, Director, CSCS; School of Public Health

11:30 Keynote Speaker
Scott Page, John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor

12:15 Guest Speaker
Bob Axelrod, William D Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

1:00 LUNCH - M-Catering

2:00 Andrea Jones-Rooy Off the Map Productions; NYU

Hot tips on communicating complexity with non-technical audiences

Abstract: In the time since IGERT I have done a number of strange things. In between being a professor of data and social science at NYU and NYU Shanghai, I’ve also been a research consultant and keynote speaker for global Fortune 500 and tech companies on how to think about their problems scientifically, an applied complexity researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, a quantitative researcher at FiveThirtyEight, and a standup comedian and circus performer (you know, one of those). Along the way I’ve learned a few things about how to talk about complexity, social, and data science in a (hopefully) thoughtful and interesting way to non-technical audiences. I share some of my favorite tips here!

2:40 Jared Whitehead Brigham Young University

Modern statistical methods applied to historical seismic data: Uncovering the tectonic history in Indonesia

Abstract: Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world with rapidly developing urban centers that are also located at the center of the worlds' most deadly natural hazards. These hazards such as earthquakes and the resultant tsunamis evolve on temporal scales that are well beyond the era of modern instruments, and hence we can not gauge the future risk without delving into the pre-instrumental history of seismic events. We use Bayesian inversion techniques and supercomputing resources to determine the causal earthquake from anecdotal records of Dutch colonists for the resultant tsunami. We demonstrate the utility of this method, and its success on an earthquake and tsunami in the Banda Sea in 1852, explain extensions of the approach to additional events, and discuss the limitations and potential future avenues of research in this area.

3:20 Nathan Seegert University of Utah - Finance

The homophily trap: evidence from open source software

4:00 BREAK

4:20 Dominick Wright  Office of the Secretary of Defense; Deputy Dir/Branch Chief 

Projecting the Home Game: A Survey of Applied Analytics Used to Inform Global Defense Posture.


5:00 Russell Golman Carnegie Mellon University, Social & Decision Sciences  

Hipsters and the Cool: A Game Theoretic Analysis of Identity Expression, Trends, and Fads

5:40 Adjourn for the day


Friday, Sept. 29

9:15 Coffee/breakfast/social

10:00 Panel Discussion on Complex Systems Education 
Featuring Veronica Reyna Rice University, Center for Civic Leadership; Special guest, Luis Zaman EEB and CSCS; Andrea Jones-Rooy, Jon Zelner UM SPH, Dept. of Epidemiology. Moderated by Marisa Eisenberg and Scott Page

11:00 Ross Hammond Washington University in St Louis (Public Health) and The Brookings Institution (Economics);Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor, and Director, Center on Social Dynamics & Policy 

Towards Precision Prevention: Using Agent-based Modeling in Population Health

Both in my own research and in my governance roles at NIH and the National Academies, I have been exploring how complex systems can advance both science and policy around health disparities. 

11:40 Troy Tassier Fordham University - Statistics

Empirical and theoretical observations of spatially heterogeneous vaccine coverage.

12:20 Cosma Shalizi Carnegie Mellon University - Statistics & Machine Modeling

The injustice inherent in the risk minimization: Consequences of diversity for learning statistical decision rules.

1:00 Closing Remarks

Scott Page, Carl Simon

LUNCH - Jerusalem Garden Catering