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Data Science Summer Colloquium Series: Gourab Ghoshal

This talk is a featured presentation of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) on Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds and is open to all faculty, staff, students and community members.

Lunch sponsored by Goergen Institute for Data Science. FREE to attend but register to ensure we order adequate food.

Physics of Complex Systems

ABSTRACT:  Most things in the world are made up of systems of interacting parts, such that their global behavior is greater than the sum of their constituents. Such systems are often referred to as Complex Systems, with their defining features being the fact that they form Complex Networks and that their components interact in a non-linear fashion. Examples of Complex Systems are the human brain, financial markets, social media, infrastructural entities such as the internet, knowledge networks like the world wide web and indeed any socio-economic construct. A particularly important exemplar are cities, that encompass many of the systems listed above. In this talk I will provide a brief intro to the tools and techniques that physicists use to study complex systems and how its use in understanding urbanization has led to exciting new developments and insights.

BIO: Gourab Ghoshal is assistant professor of physics and astronomy with joint appointments at the departments of computer science and mathematics. He comes to us from Harvard University, where he was a Research Scientist at the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of Harvard's multidisciplinary Orgins of Life initiative. Hailing from New Delhi, India, Professor Ghoshal got his bachelor's and master's degree at the University of London, UK (BS and MSc in theoretical Physics, 2004). He did his doctoral-thesis work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD in Physics, 2009) during which he attended the prestigious Complex Systems summer school at the Santa Fe Institute, NM and the Theoretical Physics school at Les Houches near Chamonix in France. Following his PhD, he was a postdoctoral scientist jointly at Northeastern University and Harvard Medical School as well as a visiting scientist at the Media Lab, MIT. Professor Ghoshal is trained as a Statistical Physicist and works in the field of Complex Systems. His research interests are in the theory and applications of Complex Networks as well as Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Game theory, Econophysics, Dynamical Systems and the Origins of Life. He is the editor of a book on Complex Networks (published by Springer) and his work has been published in Nature, Science and Physical Review Letters.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wegmans Hall, Auditorium 1400
250 Hutchison Rd, Rochester, NY 14620

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Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff


data science, summer research, physics and astronomy

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