Models and Algorithms for Crowds and Networks (16w5140)


(École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

(Harvard University)

(New York University)

(University of Washington)


The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) will host the "Models and Algorithms for Crowds and Networks" workshop from August 28th to September 2nd, 2016.

The modern world is increasingly being defined by connections, both physical and virtual. This has given rise to many large and heterogeneous networks which sometimes also involve rational agents; from those one thinks about daily such as Facebook, to ones often not thought about explicitly such as the physical structure of the internet, and even some that have been forming for millennia such as phylogenetic trees from biology. One important application which requires insights from many of these fields is crowdsourcing, the practice of outsourcing tasks to a large, often anonymous, crowd. While the behavior of the components shape the networks, the network structure also affects the components, and understanding these complex interactions has been a key focus in many fields including mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, biology and the social sciences. This workshop will bring together prominent and upcoming researchers from several of these areas in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, improve the state-of-the art in terms of techniques, and define its future.

The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico, and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Banff, are collaborative Canada-US-Mexico ventures that provide an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry.

The research station in Banff is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The research station in Oaxaca is funded by CONACYT.