Cornell University

Department of Physics Colloquium - Ralls Lecture

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Central Campus

General Physics Colloquium and Ralls Lecture, Professor Jean Carlson, UC Santa Barbara

Refreshments from 3:30-3:50 pm.

Title:  Reverse  Engineering Complexity

Host:  Jim Sethna

Abstract: My research investigates robustness, tradeoffs, and feedback in complex, highly connected systems, and develops computational multiscale models to capture important small-scale interactions and predict large-scale behavior.  My group combines development of mechanistic models with data driven techniques to address multidisciplinary research challenges, including dynamics of earthquake faults, wildlife propagation and disaster response, biomaterials, infectious disease, microbiome, network neuroscience, and group decision making under stress.

This colloquium, aka Meet the Grandstudents, provides an overview of my approach to complex systems research in the context of recent examples and historical Cornell graduate school experiences.


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UC Santa Barbara

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