Genes, Peoples and Languages

February 11 - 15, 2002


The massive influx of new data, in particular from genomic studies, has the potential to unravel much of the pre-history of humans. This conference will explore the strengths and limitations of various forms of data – from fields as diverse as anthropology, archaeology, ecology, genetics and linguistics – for addressing problems in human pre-history. The conference will bring together leading researchers from these fields, together with mathematicians and statisticians, with the goal of initiating further collaborations and in making available a broader repertoire of mathematical and statistical techniques to researchers in these areas. The conference will take place at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, an NSF national research institute located on the UCLA campus that promotes interdisciplinary research between the mathematical sciences and other disciplines.


Organizing Committee

Joanna Mountain (Stanford University, Anthropological Sciences)
Magnus Nordborg (University of Southern California, Molecular & Computational Biology)
Craig Stanford (University of Southern California, Anthropology)
Simon Tavaré (University of Southern California)