Past Events

  • 2017 Jan 30

    Wanda Pratt: Using Design Thinking to Improve Patient Safety

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    MD 119

    Abstract: Recent studies indicate that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Although this problem has received substantial national attention, very little work has actively involved patients in preventing, detecting, and recovering from these errors. In this presentation, I will detail our efforts to use design thinking to support patients and their caregivers in playing an active role to safeguard their own health in the hospital. Currently, patients receive inadequate information and support to play such a safeguarding role. Using...

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  • 2016 Dec 02

    CRCS & IACS Seminar: Opportunities and Perils in Data Science

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    G115 Maxwell Dworkin

    Title: Opportunities and Perils in Data Science
    Speaker: Dr. Alfred Z. Spector (CTO and Head of Engineering, Two Sigma Investments)

    Abstract

    Over the last few decades, empiricism has become the third leg of computer science, adding to the field’s traditional bases in mathematical analysis and engineering.  This shift has occurred due to the sheer growth in the scale of computation, networking and usage as well as progress in machine learning and related technologies.  Resulting data-driven approaches have led to...

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  • 2016 Nov 21

    Jorn Boehnke: "Amazon’s Price and Sales-Rank Data – What can we learn from the world’s largest online retailer?"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Speaker: Jorn Boehnke
    Title:  "Amazon’s Price and Sales-Rank Data – What can we learn from the world’s largest online retailer?"

    Abstract: This research presents data collected on Amazon's pricing patterns and sales-rank information spanning a nine-year period. Retail data are useful for understanding price-stickiness, demand elasticity, substitution between the online and offline retail channels, and product cycles and the spread of innovation as one model replaces another. Collecting data on online retail...

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  • 2016 Nov 07

    Nikhil Naik: "Visual Urban Sensing"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Title: Visual Urban Sensing 

    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...

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  • 2016 Oct 31

    Postdoc Mixer

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    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!

    As it's...

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  • 2016 Oct 24

    Mahzarin Banaji: "Social Cognition in VR"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    Speaker: Mahzarin Banaji

    Title: "Social Cognition in VR"

    Abstract:

    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...

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  • 2016 Oct 03

    CRCS Seminar: "An Experimental Evaluation of Regret-Based Econometrics"

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Maxwell Dworkin 119

    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...

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  • 2016 Sep 30

    Engineering and Entrepreneurship: The Internet of Things

    8:30am to 2:30pm

    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...

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  • 2016 Sep 19

    Postdoc Mixer

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Making the Most of your Postdoc Experience 

    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!

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