CAS Spring Symposium 2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Event Description

A two day interdisciplinary symposium highlighting work of recent Center for Advanced Study Associates and Fellows

Day One – Monday, April 20, 2015

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:40 Introductory Remarks

Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer

8:40-10:30 Directors Panel on Interdisciplinary Research at Illinois

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Tamer Başar (CAS Director) Moderator

Participants/Speakers Dianne Harris (Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) Art Kramer (Director, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology) Gene Robinson (Director, Institute for Genomic Biology) Edward Seidel (Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications)

10:30-10:50 Break

10:50-12:20 Session One

David Ceperley (CAS Professor of Physics) Chair

Wendy Cho (Political Science) An Extreme-Scale Computational Approach to Redistricting Optimization abstract
Charles Schroeder (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) New Frontiers in Single Polymer Dynamics abstract
Robert Brunner (Astronomy) Statistical and Machine Learning for Petascale Astronomy abstract

12:30-1:30 Break

1:40-3:10 Session Two

Maria Todorova (CAS Professor of History) Chair

Harry Liebersohn (History) The Globalization of Music: Craft, Science and Commerce since the Late Nineteenth Century  abstract
Antonios Augoustakis (Classics) Death, Burial, and Ritual in Latin Literature abstract
Matthew Winters (Political Science) The Effects of Branded Foreign Aid: Evidence from Bangladesh abstract

3:10-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Session Three

Laura Greene (CAS Professor of Physics) Chair

Soon-Jo Chung (Aerospace Engineering) Control and Motion-Planning Algorithms  for Robotic Falcons to Prevent Airport Bird Strikes abstract
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski (Mechanical Science and Engineering) Continuum Mechanics Beyond the Second Law of Thermodynamics abstract
Karin Dahmen (Physics) Universal Slip Statistics: From Nanopillars to Earthquakes abstract

5:00-5:05 Closing for Day One reception to follow

Day Two – Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast 8:30-8:40 Welcoming Remarks Tamer Başar (CAS Director) 8:40-9:40 Session Four

Nigel Goldenfeld (CAS Professor of Physics) Chair

Catherine Prendergast (English) Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief: The American Arts Colony in the Public Account  abstract
Yi Lu (Electrical & Computer Engineering) To Wait or not to Wait: The Power of Scheduling abstract

9:40-10:00 Break 10:00-11:30 Session Five

Nigel Goldenfeld (CAS Professor of Physics) Chair

Philip Godfrey (Computer Science) Networking at the Speed of Light abstract
Yi Lu (
Chemistry) Functional DNA Nanotechnology and its Applications in Environmental Monitoring,Food Safety, Medical Diagnostics and Imaging abstract
Mara Wade (Germanic Languages and Literatures) Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks abstract

11:30-11:40 Closing of Symposium 11:40-11:55 Informal discussions over tea/coffee