Fall 2014 Lecture Series          Spring 2015 Lecture Series


Dr. Paul Kockelman

Dr. Paul KockelmanDr. Paul Kockelman, professor of Linguistic Anthropology at YaleUniversity, earned his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Kockelman is working on a range of topics, including affect, grammatical categories, parasites, spam filters, infrastructure, time, value, and poultry husbandry. He is working on the relation between computation and interpretation, focusing on the interaction of sieving and serendipity. He is the author of Agent, Person, Subject Self: A Theory on Ontology, Interaction and Infrastructure, and Language, Culture, and Mind: Natural Constructions and Social Kinds. One of his most recent publications offers useful advice about how to survive your first night in Minecraft.

Lecture 1
The Work of Interpretation in the Age of Computation
Date:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time:  6:00 PM
Where:  UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Lecture 2
Entropy & Ontology: Two Encounters with Time, Media, and Materiality
Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time:  7:00 PM
Where:  Rasmuson Hall, Room 101


Dr. Raissa D'Souza

Dr. Raissa D'Souza

Dr. Raissa D'Souza, is Professor of Computer Science and of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.  She received a PhD in Statistical Physics from MIT in 1999, and was a post doctoral fellow in Fundamental Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Bell Laboratories, and in the Theory Group at Microsoft Research.Dr. D'Souza is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. Her interdisciplinary work on network theory spans the fields of statistical physics, theoretical computer science and applied math.

Lecture 1
The Science of Networks: Modeling our complex, interdependent world
Date:  Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time:  7:00 PM
Where:  Integrated Science Bldg, Room 120

Lecture 2
Percolation, cascades and control of interdependent networks
Date:  Friday, April 3
Time:  11:30 AM
Where:  Administration Bldg, Room 143A


Dr. Daniel M. Kammen

Daniel Kammen

Dr. Daniel Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell and Harvard, and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard.

Lecture 1
The System is the Solution: Energy Options for the 21st Century
Date:  Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time:   7:00 PM
Where:  Rasmuson Hall, Room 101 

Lecture 2
A Systems Science for Sustainable Energy
Date:  Friday, February 6, 2015
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  ADM, Room 143A 


Dr. Steven Shladover

Dr. Steven ShladoverDr. Steven Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems for forty years, beginning with his masters and doctoral theses at M.I.T.  He is the Program Manager, Mobility at the California PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley.  He led PATH's pioneering research on automated highway systems, and has continued research on fully and partially automated vehicle systems since then.  His target applications have included cooperative adaptive cruise control, automated truck platoons, automated buses and fully-automated vehicles in an automated highway system.

Road Vehicle Automation:  History, Opportunities, and Challenges
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Rasmuson Hall, Room 110