March 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

March 21-May 27, 2022: Long program on Decision Making and Uncertainty

Program workshops

March 28-April 1: Advances in Optimal Decision Making under Uncertainty: New Directions, Methods, and Applications

April 4-8, 2022: Systemic Risk and Stress Testing

April 13-15, 2022: Confronting Uncertainty in Climate Change

May 2-6, 2022: Decision Making Under Uncertainty

May 9-13, 2022: Dynamic Assessment Indices

May 16-20, 2022: Applied Optimal Transport

May 23-27, 2022: Machine Learning and Mean-Field Games

April 28-May 1, 2022: paraDIGMS Spring 2022 Conference

June 6-8, 2022: Data Value: Assessment and Evolution

July 11-15, 2022: Mathematical Methods for Quantum Hardware

July 11-15, 2022: AI+Science Summer School

August 29-September 2, 2022: Expressing and Exploiting Structure in Modeling, Theory, and Computation with Gaussian Processes

2022-23 Programs

Fall 2022: Confronting Global Climate Change

Climate change is already seriously impacting our lives in many ways. Threats to human and natural systems will increase as our planet continues to warm. This program will explore mathematical, statistical and computational strategies to better understand both the changes to the climate system and the associated impacts. A series of workshops will focus on climate models, detection and attribution of climate change, extreme weather and climate events, remote sensing, machine learning, and the economic consequences of climate change. This program aims to foster new multidisciplinary collaborations and integrate young scientists and researchers into industry, private sector, and academic research through these workshops and embedded research projects with affiliated universities, national laboratories, and private industry.

Apply for Fall 2022 Research Membership

January 9-February 3, 2023 Interdisciplinary and Critical Data Science Motivated by Social Justice

This research collaborative is partnering with the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (QSIDE), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that sits at the intersection of social science, humanities research, data science, and social justice. A hallmark of QSIDE work is interdisciplinary teamwork, which fosters collaboration between data scientists, social scientists, and community experts. This working group will gather the interdisciplinary expertise needed for current QSIDE projects together for data science for social good effort to 1) explore new statistical, computational, and qualitative approaches for analyzing social justice data, 2) to incorporate current scholarship on critical digital and data, and 3) to create infrastructure for and document these interdisciplinary collaborative efforts. We will open with a public minisymposium on critical data science practices and introduce data science for social justice work. We will then work to identify projects within our goal areas and create research teams. Throughout the program, we engage in discussions on the interdisciplinary and critical data science process and invite guest speakers related to the context areas of our explorations and/or to the methodologies we are using. The end of the program will conclude with a closing online minisymposium where participants will present work some, future directions, and open problems for the community.

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Spring 2023: Mathematics, Statistics, and Innovation in Medical and Health Care

The quantification of medical and health care has brought a revolution to our lives with strong and long-lasting social and economic positive impact. This quantification stems from an exemplary synergy among mathematics, statistics, data science, medicine, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), and has been prompting the creation of new interdisciplinary areas across the various fields. While there has been an unprecedented growth and development in many scientific directions, there is a continuing need to further develop existing areas and set the foundations for new ones, as the underlying issues and challenges are evolving in rather complex and interlinked ways. Indeed, creating new therapies has experienced a fast growth already but efficiently funding such innovations and, in turn, making them available at large-scale has its own distinct challenges and demand for new business models and novel decision-making mechanisms. Furthermore, personalized medicine is rapidly becoming a main component of medical care but many issues directly related to the patients’ attitude, risk communication and individual treatment decisions have not been neither extensively studied nor quantified.

The long-term program aims at creating an interdisciplinary platform for knowledge exchange and debate among the various stakeholders: mathematicians, statisticians, physicians, economists, computer scientists, policy makers and researchers in decision science, data science, ML, AI, business, operations research and engineering. The focus will be more on newer interdisciplinary themes like risk management, funding and R&D of biomedical innovation, health care system design, health care delivery, insurance coverage, personalized diagnostics and treatments, telemedicine, medical cyber-physical systems and others.

Apply for Spring 2023 Research Membership

IMSI Seeks Proposals by September 15, 2022

IMSI is currently seeking proposals for long programs, workshops, and other scientific activity with a deadline of September 15, 2022. Information about how to submit proposals can be found on the proposal overview page and the resources linked therein.

MathComms Bootcamps - offered in person & online

IMSI offers several bootcamps to help graduate students and early career researchers develop their communication skills. The bootcamps, offered both online and in person, build skill sets applicable to both academic careers and broader communication goals.

Anyone who completes all three bootcamp topics is eligible for recognition of their work through a LinkedIn badge.

Those interested in attending any of the bootcamps (Storytelling & Narrative Structure, How to Write for a General Audience, and Job Talks & Stage Presence) should complete the registration form before April 10th.

Welcome New Staff

IMSI is pleased to announce that we have added two new staff members to the team. Hatticia (Tish) Reynolds and Rebecca Heffner have both joined us as Program Coordinators to help make our workshops and programs a success. We’re extremely excited to have them join our team!

2022 Excellence in Physics Education Award

The TEAM-UP Task Force, of which IMSI Executive Director Bo Hammer is a member, has won the 2022 Excellence in Physics Education Award. The citation highlighted their work "[f]or groundbreaking analysis revealing sources of persistent underrepresentation of African-Americans in physics and astronomy; recommendation of data-driven, systemic strategies to increase the number of African-American physics bachelor’s degree recipients; and ways to catalyze cultural change."

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