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Columbia University Symposium on Probability & Society

This Friday there will be a half-day symposium featuring a series of short talks by Columbia faculty working on probability and its interactions with society.

Date: Friday, February 17th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: 413 Kent


9:00am  : Introduction — Ivan Corwin (Mathematics)
9:20am  : Yash Kanoria (Business School)
9:40am  : Sharon Di (Civil Engineering)
10:00am: Joel Cohen (School of International & Public Affairs; Earth & Environmental Sciences)
10:20am: Robert Erikson (Political Science)
10:40am: Break
11:00am: Philip Protter (Statistics)
11:20am: Bruce Levin (Biostatistics; School of Public Health)
11:40am: Tim Halpin-Healy (Barnard Physics)
12:00pm: Ioannis Karatzas (Mathematics; Statistics)
12:20pm: Mihalis Yannakakis (Computer Science)
12:40pm: David Yao (Industrial Engineering & Operations Research)

A light pizza lunch will be provided afterwards in the Cantor Lounge, room 508 Mathematics.

(This event is cohosted by members of the departments of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science Institute)

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