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Mathematics of Social Learning

January 6 - 10, 2014

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Organizing Committee

Santo Fortunato (Aalto University)
James Fowler (University of California, San Diego (UCSD))
Kristina Lerman (University of Southern California (USC))
Michael Macy (Cornell University)
Cosma Shalizi (Carnegie-Mellon University)

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Scientific Overview

The goal of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians, physicists, and social, information, and computer scientists to explore the dynamics of social learning and cultural evolution. Of particular interest will be ways of using data from social media and online experiments to address questions of interest, which include but are not limited to:

  • How do individual attributes and cognitive constraints affect the dynamics and evolution of social behavior?
  • How does network structure both within and between groups (including online networks and communities) affect social learning and cultural evolution?
  • What are the similarities and differences between cultural and genetic evolution?
  • How do social norms emerge and evolve?
  • What are the main mechanisms driving social learning and the evolution of culture?

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for posters will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop.

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Confirmed Speakers

Lada Adamic (University of Michigan)
Sinan Aral (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
P. Jeffrey Brantingham (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Damon Centola (University of Pennsylvania)
Michael Doebeli (University of British Columbia)
Tina Eliassi-Rad (Rutgers University)
Jacob Foster (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
James Fowler (University of California, San Diego (UCSD))
Herbert Gintis (Santa Fe Institute)
Moshe Hoffman (Harvard University)
Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)
Kristina Lerman (University of Southern California (USC))
Jure Leskovec (Stanford University)
Seth Marvel (University of Michigan)
Winter Mason (Facebook)
Esteban Moro (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Alex `Sandy' Pentland (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Cosma Shalizi (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Lisa Singh (Georgetown University)
Greg Ver Steeg (University of Southern California (USC))
Duncan Watts (Microsoft Research)
Peyton Young (University of Oxford)

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Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Attn: SL2014
460 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
Fax: 310 825-4756
Website: http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/sl2014/

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