Workshops on the Computational Worldview and the Sciences
|Report on the two workshops|
The National Science Foundation has provided funding for two workshops that aim to identify and pursue novel insights that may be obtained by applying a computational worldview to the Natural, Social and Mathematical Sciences (including but not limited to Biology, Neuroscience, Physics, Nanotechnology, Control Theory, Mathematics, Ecology, Economics). These workshops will be held in Princeton (Dec 11-12, 2006) and Pasadena (Mar 15-16, 2007).
Leading experts from various fields will be invited to make presentations and hold informal discussions to identify major research problems that may benefit from such an approach. The goal will be to not just identify areas of scientific computation where new algorithms are needed, but also instances where computational concepts play a role in understanding the underlying phenomena. The hope is to have a lively exchange of ideas in a multidisciplinary setting, possibly sparking new collaborations and research directions. This new research agenda will be described in a technical report to be submitted to NSF.
|Each talk is followed by a 20-minute discussion period|
|All talks are on the Caltech campus in the Lees-Kubota lecture hall, 101 Guggenheim (bldg. #45 on the map)|
|Thursday March 15, 2007|
|Friday March 16, 2007|
Tentative list of participantsSanjeev Arora (Princeton), Yair Bartal (Hebrew U), Avrim Blum (CMU), Andrei Broder (Yahoo! Research), Colin Camerer (Caltech), Tony Chan (NSF), Andrew Connolly (Pittsburgh), Gavin Crooks (Berkeley and LBL), George Djorgovski (Caltech), John Doyle (Caltech), Federico Echenique (Caltech), Michael Foster (NSF), Fan Chung Graham (UCSD), Ron Graham (UCSD), Russell Impagliazzo (UCSD), Piotr Indyk (MIT), Sandy Irani (UCI), Sergei Izmalkov (MIT), Ali Jadbabaie (U Penn), Adam Kalai (Georgia Tech), Ehud Kalai (Northwestern), Richard Karp (Berkeley), David Kempe (USC), Jon Kleinberg (Cornell), Phil Kuekes (HP), John Ledyard (Caltech), Richard Lipton (Georgia Tech), Mat McCubbins (UCSD), Adam Meyerson (UCLA), Andrea Montanari (Stanford), Elchanan Mossel (Berkeley), Kamesh Munagala (Duke), Richard Murray (Caltech), Andrew Odlyzko (UMN), Rafail Ostrovsky (UCLA), Ramamohan Paturi (UCSD), Andrew Postlewaite (U Penn), John Preskill (Caltech), Antonio Rangel (Caltech), Sara Robinson (Berkeley), Tim Roughgarden (Stanford), Eyal Rozenman (Caltech), Amit Sahai (UCLA), Leonard Schulman (Caltech), Alistair Sinclair (Berkeley), William Steiger (NSF), Luca Trevisan (Berkeley), Chris Umans (Caltech), Umesh Vazirani (Berkeley), Vijay Vazirani (Georgia Tech), Erik Winfree (Caltech), Neal Young (UCR).
Travel informationGetting to Pasadena and Caltech: The nearest airports are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) about an hour away and Bob Hope Airport (BUR) about 30 minutes away. Here is more information. For a campus map, and automatically-generated driving directions to campus, see here.
Steering committeeDavid Haussler - UC Santa Cruz
Richard Karp - ICSI and UC Berkeley
Leslie Valiant - Harvard University
Avi Wigderson - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Organizing committeeSanjeev Arora - Princeton University
Avrim Blum - Carnegie Mellon University
Leonard Schulman - California Institute of Technology
Alistair Sinclair - UC Berkeley
Vijay Vazirani - Georgia Institute of Technology