Abstract: Street View services have documented the visual appearance of more than 3,000 cities across the world in the past decade. I design computer vision tools that harness Street View imagery to conduct computer-driven automated surveys of the built environment at street-level resolution and global scale. In this talk, I will describe two algorithms that computationally evaluate urban appearance from imagery. The first algorithm, Streetscore, quantifies the perceived safety of a street block, by harnessing data from a… Read more about Nikhil Naik: "Visual Urban Sensing"
Job Tricks and Treats: Preparing for the Job Circuit
Get ready for interview season by conducting practice interviews with faculty. Learn how to prepare materials, and pair with your peers to review research and teaching statements. This is a Professional Development Panel for all SEAS Postdoctoral Fellows. Previous years have included Q&A about the job search, preparing materials, and tips on communicating your research to those in other fields. If you would like us to cover a particular topic, please let us know!
Since the 1950’s, social psychologists have been attempting to create a “virtual reality” in the laboratory to understand complex social behavior. For example, Stanley Milgram, interested in what led to the pervasive obedience to authority in Nazi Germany, created a laboratory analog by asking individual subjects to obey an authority figure who asked the subject to harm another human being. The result was shocking because it revealed that a large… Read more about Mahzarin Banaji: "Social Cognition in VR"
An Experimental Evaluation of Regret-Based Econometrics
Using data obtained in a controlled ad-auction experiment that we ran, we evaluate the regret-based approach to econometrics that was recently suggested by Nekipelov, Syrgkanis, and Tardos (EC 2015). We found that despite the weak regret-based assumptions, the results were (at least) as accurate as those obtained using classical equilibrium-based assumptions. En route we studied to what extent did humans actually minimize regret in our ad-auction, and found a significant difference between the "high… Read more about CRCS Seminar: "An Experimental Evaluation of Regret-Based Econometrics"
Friday, September 30, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
The “Internet of Things,” in which everyday objects possess network connectivity that allows them to send and receive data, is poised to radically transform the way we live and work. As part of their collaborative series on engineering and entrepreneurship, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard Business School will host a symposium on the Internet of Things, exploring the thrilling opportunities it provides for technological innovation and social… Read more about Engineering and Entrepreneurship: The Internet of Things
We invite all CS, Stat, and IACS postdocs to attend this social event. We will introduce you to the community of postdoctoral fellows and discuss your goals for the upcoming year. Come prepared to explain what you do to your friends!
Title: Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action
Abstract: How does the changing use of social media affect politics? In a recent book - Political Turbulence, Princeton University Press, 2016 - Helen Margetts and colleagues Peter John, Scott Hale and Taha Yasseri show how social media are now inextricably intertwined with the political behaviour of ordinary citizens, and exert an unruly influence on the political world. As people go about their daily lives, they are invited to undertake 'tiny… Read more about Helen Margetts: "Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action"