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Engagement  & Estrangement
Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Engagement & Estrangement

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Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics: Engagement and Estrangement

This symposium, the second in a series of three this semester, focuses on the evolution of collective intelligence and cooperation in human society. We will examine how behavior spreads in social networks, how network stability can be maintained, and about how cooperation may evolve.
Friday 1 March 2019

9:30am: Coffee & Bagels

10am: How behavior spreads
Damon Centola, University of Pennsylvania

11:30am: Network influencers: Understanding information flow and stability in networks
Hernan Makse, CCNY and The Graduate Center, CUNY

1pm: Lunch

2pm: The evolution of cooperation in social systems
David Melamed, Ohio State University

3:30pm: Coffee

4pm: Crowd wisdom enhanced by costly signaling in a virtual rating system
Ofer Tchernichovski, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. For more information please visit https://itsatcuny.org

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Exploring large populations of neurons
Mar
15
9:30 AM09:30

Exploring large populations of neurons

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Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

Measuring and understanding the brain’s model of the external world
Loren Frank, University of California at San Francisco and HHMI

The intrinsic neuronal dynamics of a canonical cognitive circuit
Ila Fiete, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Between chaos and functionality in the dynamics of large networks
Fred Wolf, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

RG-inspired approaches to the analysis of real neural networks
William Bialek, Princeton University and The CUNY Graduate Center

Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM.
Lunch will be served. For more information see https://biophysics.princeton.edu.

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Register here.

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.

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Balance and Conflict
Apr
5
to Apr 10

Balance and Conflict

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Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics: Balance and Conflict

This symposium, the third in a series of three this semester, explores the convergence among data sciences, network dynamics, and social sciences in conflict and communication. We discuss both basic science and practical challenges, including real-world empirical studies, across a wide range of examples.


Friday 5 April 2019

Lectures include:

Network-based dynamic modeling of biological systems: Toward understanding and control
Reka Albert, Pennsylvania State University

Where do new ideas come from, and what do we do when we get them?
Simon DeDeo, Carnegie Mellon University and Santa FenInstitute

Factors in sustainable peace: Dynamical models and data science
Larry Liebovitch, Queens Collega and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Tribal networks and diffusion of news on social media
Soroush Vosoughi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. For more information please visit https://itsatcuny.org

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The problem of ecological diversity
Apr
12
9:30 AM09:30

The problem of ecological diversity

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Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

A bottom-up approach to microbial community assembly
Jeff Gore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The origin of chaos in large interacting ecosystems
Giulio Biroli, École Normale Supérieure

Collective behaviors in large interactive ecosystems: A phase diagram
Chiara Cammarota, King’s College London

Microbial diversity and spatio-temporal chaos
Daniel Fisher, Stanford University

Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM.
Lunch will be served. For more information see https://biophysics.princeton.edu.

Download Full Series PDF here.
Register here.

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.

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Dynamics & information in transcriptional control
May
3
9:30 AM09:30

Dynamics & information in transcriptional control

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Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

Transcription factors, chromosome topology, and transcription control
Jie Xiao, Johns Hopkins University

The role of phase separation in regulation of gene transcription in eukaryotes
Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DNA polymer physics and transcription dynamics in the developing fly embryo
Thomas Gregor, Princeton University and Institut Pasteur

Towards a derivation of the Drosophila gap gene network from optimization principles
Gasper Tkacik, IST Austria

Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM.
Lunch will be served. For more information see https://biophysics.princeton.edu.

Download Full Series PDF here.
Register here.

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.

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Many Body Quantum Dynamics: Perspectives From Field Theory and Gravity
May
9
9:00 AM09:00

Many Body Quantum Dynamics: Perspectives From Field Theory and Gravity

  • Elebash Hall (1st Floor), The Graduate Center, CUNY (map)
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Thursday 9 May 2019

Speakers Include:

Hong Liu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Igor Kiebanov, Princeton University
Steve Shenker, Stanford University

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences & the CUNY doctoral program in Physics. Organized by Sebastian Franco (CCNY) and Vadim Oganesyan (CSI).

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Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics: Crowds and cooperation
Feb
1
9:30 AM09:30

Network dynamics in society, culture, and politics: Crowds and cooperation

  • The Science Center (Rm 4120) at the CUNY Graduate Center (map)
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This symposium, the first in a series of three this semester, explores the convergence among data sciences, network dynamics, and social sciences in studying the evolution of cooperation and segregation. We discuss both basic science and practical challenges, including real-world empirical studies, across a wide range of examples.

9:30 AM Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM Data science at The New York Times
Chris Wiggins, Columbia University and The New York Times

11:30 AM Coffee

12:00 PM Fashion dynamics: Cycles, shocks, and politics
Stefano Ghirlanda, Brooklyn College & The Graduate Center; Stockholm University

1:30 PM Lunch

2:30 PM Agency and structure in the genesis of network segregation
Kevin Lewis, University of California at San Diego

4:00 PM Coffee

4:30 PM Cooperation in complex societies: How do inter-ethnic relationships affect pro-social behavior?
Delia Baldassarri, New York University

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. 

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Dec
14
9:30 AM09:30

Exploring sequence space

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F Dec 14 9:30am-6:15pm in the Science Center (Rm 4102)
Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM. Lunch will be served.
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/WOaSDEb0aOcX7MFK2.

Sequence diversity in the adaptive immune system
Curtis Callan, Princeton University

Deep learning and proteins
Lucy Colwell, Cambridge University

Learning protein constitutive motifs from sequence data
Remi Monasson, École Normale Supérieure

The evolutionary “design” of proteins
Rama Ranganathan, The University of Chicago

Full series PDF here.

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University. For more information see https://biophysics.princeton.edu.

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Nov
16
9:30 AM09:30

Seeing beyond V1

  • Skylight Room (Rm 9100), The Graduate Center, CUNY (map)
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F Nov 16 9:30am-6:15pm in the Skylight Room (Rm 9100)
Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM. Lunch will be served.
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/NMpuJjxwY81g8ETE2

Neural mechanisms for seeing without V1
Tony Ro, The Graduate Center, CUNY

How the brain signals memories of what we’ve seen
Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania

How high-order image statistics shape cortical visual processing
Jonathan Victor, Weill Cornell School of Medicine

Using goal-driven deep neural networks to understand the visual pathway
Daniel Yamins, Stanford University

Full series PDF here.

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University. For more information see https://biophysics.princeton.edu.

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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Entanglement, Chaos, and Complexity in Field Theory and Gravity

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F Oct 26 9am-6pm in Elebash Hall

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the role of quantum information in physical theories. Tools from quantum information such as complexity and entanglement are being used to understand and even formulate the behavior of quantum field theories and quantum gravity. Conversely these physical theories provide new settings where concepts from quantum information can be calculated and understood. This workshop will be devoted to recent developments in this area. Topics to be covered include:

Entanglement entropy in quantum field theory
Holography and entanglement entropy
Toy models of holography
Quantum chaos
Complexity

Friday 26 October 2018
9:30 AM Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM Title TBA
Robert Myers, Perimeter Institute

11:30 AM Coffee


12:00 PM dS/dS, T-Tbar and EE
Eva Silverstein, Stanford University

1:30 PM Lunch

3:00 PM Open Strings at the Rindler Horizon
Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study

4:30 PM Coffee

5:00 PM Universal scrambling dynamics and quantum gravity
Brian Swingle, University of Maryland

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral program in Physics. Organized by Vijay Balasubramanian, Sebastian Franco (CCNY),
and Daniel Kabat (Lehman College)

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Oct
12
9:30 AM09:30

Evolutionary dynamics and influenza

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F Oct 12 9:30am-6:15pm in the Science Center (Rm 4102)
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here. Download full schedule here.

9:30am Coffee & Bagels

10:30am What the 1918 flu taught us about adaptation to self
Benjamin Greenbaum,  Mount Sinai School of Medicine

11:30am Coffee

12:00pm Minimal fitness models for evolutionary predictions
Marta Łuksza, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

1:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Universality in rapidly adapting populations
Richard Neher, University of Basel

4:00pm Coffee

4:30pm Learning influenza infection dynamics from genetic data
Daniel Weissman, Emory University

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Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Machine learning in the molecular sciences

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F Sept. 21 9am-6pm in the Science Center (Rm 4102)
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here.

Machine learning (ML) and data-driven computational approaches have recently emerged as promising new tools to tackle complex optimization and computational problems. This workshop offers exciting new developments in applying such approaches to address challenging theoretical and computational issues in molecular sciences. Experts in quantum calculations, dynamics, molecular reactions, and materials design will share unique ideas and challenges.

Download PDF full schedule here.

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