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Vermont Complex Systems Center Seminars and Tutorials


  • Seminars
    COMING SOON!
  • Tutorials
    Time Management

    Speaker: Juniper Lovato
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: July 22, 2019
    Time: 3:00-3:30pm
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room

    Tools and tricks in Python

    Speaker: Jane Adams
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: July 29, 2019
    Time: 3:00-3:30pm
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room

    Time series best practices

    Speaker: David Dewhurst
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: August 1, 2019
    Time: 3:00-3:30pm
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room

    Working with geo-spacial data in R

    Speaker: Maike Holthuijzen
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: August 5, 2019
    Time: 3:00-3:30pm
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room

    Scientific communication best practices for paper and talks

    Speaker: Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: August 12, 2019
    Time: 3:00-3:30pm
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room

    Work/life balance

    Speaker: Chris Danforth
    Type: Tutorial

    Date: October, 2019
    Time: TBA
    Location: Innovation, 4th floor conference room
  • Research Jam
    Research Jams are a presentation of local research, but solely for unfinished (or better yet: unstarted) research ideas. They don't require slides, or results, or a solid idea, but should have a fruitful seed for others to jam. The seed can be a crazy idea, an interesting dataset, or a previous research project.

    One rule: No negative statements will be tolerated. Research Jams should encourage people to present ideas they wouldn't dare present anywhere else; without fear of humiliation or legal action.

    All Research Jams will be located in the Decision Theater, UVM Trinity Campus, Farrell Hall (first floor), 210 Colchester Ave, Burlington VT 05405

    Host: Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
    Thursday, May 17
    10:50-11:40am
    VCET conference room (downstairs in Farrell Hall).


    Hugh Garavan, from the Department of Psychiatry

    In this research jam, I will describe the ABCD study (ABCDstudy.org) which is a longitudinal study of adolescent development with a very large sample and very rich characterization of participants (brain imaging, genetics, cognition, hormones, psychological testing, environment). I will canvass suggestions on a contest or hackathon that we might run to improve and popularize the analyses of this very large dataset.

    Monday, April 9
    10:50-11:40am
    Farrell Hall


    Randall Harp, from the Department of Philosophy, will be leading a jam session based on The conceptualisation of the field of ethics in data science and the ideas behind http://wokedata.org/.

    Monday, February 12
    10:50-11:40am
    Farrell Hall

    Laurent Hébert-Dufresne

    We will jam around an interesting dataset of community behavior collected during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

    Monday, March 12
    10:50-11:40am
    Farrell Hall

    Matt Mahoney
    from the Department of Neurological Sciences, will be leading a jam session based on the following idea:

    Epilepsy is often described as a “network” disease, but everyone’s network is different and nobody knows what to do about it. In particular, there are myriad mathematical models of seizures as nonlinear dynamical systems, but these models require manually setting ~30 biophysical and anatomical parameters that are known to vary substantially across patients. Ideally, we seek to learn something about these parameters on a per patient basis by observing their brain activity alone, as this could help us non-invasively localize their underlying brain abnormalities. In this Research Jam, I would like to explore the idea of using a dynamical system as a generative model for machine learning on time series data, and discuss possibilities for mining the clinical EEG data that are being collected at UVMMC.

  • Paper Shredder

    The Paper Shredder

    A Reading (with Optional Rending) of Journal Papers Group


    Every two (or three or four) weeks, and in the grand tradition of courageous academics everywhere, we review the painstaking, meticulous work of others not present to defend themselves. Pure of motivation, we endeavor to instantly and yet casually see where the paper obviously goes wrong and how work we did 15 years ago contains the entire paper’s thesis as a footnote on page 17. Finally, based on a loudness of ritualistic chant measure, we decide whether the paper lives to be read again, or dies by shredding, cited nevermore.

    More information can be found here.

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  • Community Lectures

    See website for dates
    Generator Makerspace

    Created in collaboration with UVM’s Complex Systems Center and Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media, Reckless Ideas is a speaker series featuring a diverse mix of Burlington’s top thinkers and innovators at the intersection of design and science.

    Featured speakers push disciplinary boundaries with topics including Artificial Intelligence and creativity, data privacy, and the tension between creativity and profit for entrepreneurs.

    All lectures are free and open to the public at 7pm at Generator, 40 Sears Lane Burlington VT. Liquid libations and light snacks will be served.


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