Organizing Committee

Building Community in the Foundations of Data Science

Brown's NSF TRIPODS grant is sponsoring a two-day informal networking workshop for the greater New England Foundations of Data Science community. In a series of informal discussions and short talks, we would like to draw attention to the opportunities to collaborate in foundational questions that lie at the focus of our TRIPODS program:

  • structure of large and complex networks
  • causal inference
  • geometry and topology of data
We invite short talks on how these or other foundational or methodological data science themes appear in ongoing research projects in your work. We will spend the afternoon of the second day engaging in brainstorming for how collaborative structures across institutions can build and strengthen data science activity in the region.

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Workshop Schedule

Monday, August 13, 2018
8:30 - 8:55Registration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290311th Floor 121 South Main Street 
9:00 - 9:30Overview of TRIPODS@ BROWN11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:30 - 10:15Building a Data Science Community through No-Boundary Thinking - Joan Peckham, University of Rhode Island11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:15 - 10:45Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:45 - 11:30Global Analysis of Network Dynamics - Konstantin Mischaikow, Rutgers University11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:45 - 12:30The Mass Open Cloud - Orran Krieger, Boston University11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch - Lunch will be provided  
2:00 - 2:45Causal Inference Methods for Studies Among Networks of People Who Use Drugs - Ashley Buchanan, University of Rhode Island11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:00 - 3:45Opportunities and challenges for integrated analysis of genomics data resources - Andrea Foulkes, Mount Holyoke College11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:45 - 4:15Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:15 - 5:00The Case for t-Product Tensor Decompositions- Compression, Classification, and Analysis of Image Data - Misha Kilmer, Tufts University11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:30Welcome Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
9:00 - 9:45Using Big Data to Solve Big Social Problems - Terry-Ann Craigie- Brown University, Connecticut College11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:45Generalized Estimating Equations for Social Network Data - Miles Ott, Smith College11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:45 - 11:15Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
11:15 - 12:00Topology and Neural Networks - J. Elisenda Grigsby, Boston College11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 2:00Break for Lunch - Lunch will be provided  
2:00 - 2:45Data Science and Cultural Analytics - Katie Kinnaird, Smith College11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:00 - 3:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:30 - 4:15The Shape of Data - Don Sheehy, University of Connecticut11th Floor Lecture Hall 

Request Reimbursement

Acceptable Costs
  • 1 roundtrip between your home institute and ICERM
  • Flights on U.S. or E.U. airlines – economy class to either Providence airport (PVD) or Boston airport (BOS)
  • Ground Transportation to and from airports and ICERM.
Unacceptable Costs
  • Flights on non-U.S. or non-E.U. airlines
  • Seats in economy plus, business class, or first class
  • Change ticket fees of any kind
  • Multi-use bus passes
  • Meals or incidentals
Advance Approval Required
  • Personal car travel to ICERM from outside New England
  • Multiple-destination plane ticket; does not include layovers to reach ICERM
  • Arriving or departing from ICERM more than a day before or day after the program
  • Multiple trips to ICERM
  • Rental car to/from ICERM
  • Flights on a Swiss, Japanese, or Australian airlines
  • Arriving or departing from airport other than PVD/BOS or home institution's local airport
  • 2 one-way plane tickets to create a roundtrip (often purchased from Expedia, Orbitz, etc.)
Reimbursement Request Form

Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk.

Reimbursement Tips
  • Scanned original receipts are required for all expenses
  • Airfare receipt must show full itinerary and payment
  • ICERM does not offer per diem or meal reimbursement
  • Allowable mileage is reimbursed at prevailing IRS Business Rate and trip documented via pdf of Google Maps result
  • Keep all documentation until you receive your reimbursement!
Reimbursement Timing

6 - 8 weeks after all documentation is sent to ICERM. All reimbursement requests are reviewed by numerous central offices at Brown who may request additional documentation.

Reimbursement Deadline

Submissions must be received within 30 days of ICERM departure to avoid applicable taxes. Submissions after thirty days will incur applicable taxes. No submissions are accepted more than six months after the program end.