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Three Decades of DIMACS: The Journey Continues

November 21, 2019 - November 22, 2019


The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center

10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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Tamra Carpenter, DIMACS

Fred Roberts, DIMACS


Nicole Clark, DIMACS
CoRE Building
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
E: nicolec@dimacs.rutgers.edu
V: 848-445-5930

In 2019, both DIMACS and the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers program celebrate 30 years of operation and 30 years of defining and shaping modern research. In today’s dynamic research landscape, 30 years is a remarkable milestone, and one that we wish to celebrate in a major conference that looks to the future as it honors the past. Three Decades of DIMACS: The Journey Continues will take place on November 21-22 at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

The conference will feature a wide range of speakers, at various stages of career, presenting their thoughts on current research and the most pressing challenges of the next decade and beyond. The conference will include research talks, panel discussions, and reflections by people who have engaged with DIMACS in different capacities and at different stages in their careers. It will visit familiar DIMACS themes in CS theory, machine learning, discrete mathematics, statistical physics, optimization, and mathematical and computational biology, among others, with an eye toward the future, and it will add more recent topics such as social responsibility in socio-technical systems and sustainability. It will also consider educational challenges in a rapidly changing world, broadening participation in computer science and mathematics, and it will explore the fundamental question of what the future role of centers will be in a virtually connected world.

We look forward to welcoming old friends and making new ones as we celebrate our center and its science.

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Slides from presentations


Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Rance Cleaveland, National Science Foundation

Peter March, Rutgers University

Christopher Molloy, Rutgers University

Fred Roberts, DIMACS

Session - Statistical Physics -- Bhargav Narayanan, Chair
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

DIMACS and Statistical Physics

Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Session - Statistics -- Jim Landwehr, Chair
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Adversarial Risk Analysis

David Banks, Duke University

Session - Mathematical Biology & Health -- Konstantin Mischaikow, Chair
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Session - Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


Session - Broadening Participation in STEM -- Valerie DeBellis, Chair
1:15 PM - 1:35 PM
1:35 PM - 1:55 PM

From the Barrios of LA to UC-Davis: Latinas in STEM

Miriam Nuno, University of California, Davis

Session - Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence -- Baruch Schieber, Chair
1:55 PM - 2:25 PM

Toward Theoretical Understanding of Deep Learning

Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study

2:25 PM - 2:40 PM

Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics

Kostas Bekris, Rutgers University

2:40 PM - 3:15 PM


Session - Science and Technology Centers -- Peter March, Chair
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Remarks by Governor Phil Murphy (subject to change)

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM
Session - Panel Discussion -- Rebecca Wright, Moderator
4:05 PM - 5:15 PM

Panel on the Future of Centers

David Banks, Duke University

Deborah Estrin, Cornell Tech

Lou Gross, University of Tennessee

Grzegorz Rempala, Ohio State University

Vivek Shenoy, University of Pennsylvania

Jeannette Wing, Columbia University

Rebecca Wright, Barnard College

Session - Reception
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Session - Conference Banquet
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Conference Banquet

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Friday, November 22, 2019

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Opening Remarks

Tamra Carpenter, DIMACS

Thu Nguyen, Rutgers University

Session - Discrete Mathematics -- Lara Pudwell, Chair
8:40 AM - 9:10 AM
9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Balanced and Unbalanced Split Graphs

Ann Trenk, Wellesley College

Session - Artificial Intelligence & Ethics -- David Pennock, Chair
9:25 AM - 9:30 AM

Introducing the AI & Ethics Topic

David Pennock, Microsoft Research

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Between Individual and Group Fairness

Steven Wu, University of Minnesota

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


Session - Mathematical and Computational Methods in Ecology and Sustainability -- Tanya Berger-Wolfe, Chair
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

When to Turn to Biology for Inspiration in Systems Design

Nina Fefferman, University of Tennessee

Session - Panel Discussion -- Margaret Cozzens, Moderator
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel on Education Programs

Kristina Adams, Cottey College

Margaret (Midge) Cozzens, DIMACS

Sol Garfunkel, COMAP

Jim Kupetz, Pittston High School

Martin Loebl, Charles University

Lara Pudwell, Valparaiso University

Martene Stanberry, Tennessee State University

Session - Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with presentation of the Science Coalition Champion of Science Award to Congressman Frank Pallone

Session - Panel Discussion -- Dennis Egan, Moderator
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel on Security Applications

Daniel DeLorenzi, MetLife Stadium

Dennis Egan, CCICADA

Lila Ghemri, Texas Southern University

Bradford Greening, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Paul Kantor, Rutgers University (retired)

Asamoah Nkwanta, Morgan State University

Warren Powell, Princeton University

William (Al) Wallace, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Session - Optimization -- Robert Vanderbei, Chair
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Session - Complexity Theory -- Mark Braverman, Chair
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Inspiration from my REU at DIMACS

Ryan Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Metacomplexity or the Complexity of Complexity

Eric Allender, Rutgers University

Session - Reception
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Reception


This event is currently by invitation, but you can request an invitation. To request an invitation, please send email to Tami Carpenter using this link. With your request, please describe your interest in attending as well as any current or past connections with DIMACS.

Parking is available at the Morris Street Parking Deck, which is located at 70 New Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. This is about a block from the hotel entrance and a two or three minute walk. Valet parking is also available at the hotel entrance.

DIMACS gratefully acknowledges support from the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and from the National Science Foundation under grant number CCF-1939862.