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World Renowned Computer Scientist, Dr. Jon Kleinberg to Speak at Stony Brook

Jan 25, 2013 - 2:56:21 PM

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Dr. Jon Kleinberg
Stony Brook, NY, January 25, 2013 - On Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th celebrated Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University, Dr. Jon Kleinberg will deliver three talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University.

Dr. Kleinberg’s first talk, aimed at high school students, will be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 11:00 am in the SCGP Auditorium, Room 103 and is entitled, “What Can Big Data Teach Us About Society and About Ourselves?”.  That evening at 5:30 pm also in the SCGP Auditorium, he will give a talk geared towards undergraduates and the general public entitled, “Computational Perspectives on Social Phenomena at Global Scales?”.  Both talks will discuss issues of social media including knowledge sharing, privacy, and their impact on social interactions on and off line. These talks are free and open to the public; a small reception will precede the evening lecture.

Dr. Kleinberg will also deliver a technical seminar open to faculty, advanced graduate students and those with a background in the advanced sciences. “Probabilistic Models for Cascading Processes in Networks” will take place on Wednesday, February 27th at 11:00am in the SCGP Lecture Hall, Room 102.  Visit for full abstracts.

A graduate of Cornell University, Kleinberg became a faculty member only three years after completing his Bachelor’s degree. His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on-line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Among other recognitions, he has received MacArthur, Packard, and Sloan Foundation Fellowships, a Simons Investigator Award, the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, and the Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union.

All of these lectures were made possible by a generous donation from brothers Stephen and Vincent Della Pietra. The Della Pietra Lecture Series aims to bring world-renowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics to enhance the intellectual activity of the Center and also bring greater awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in Physics and Mathematics to the Long Island community.

For more information visit or call 631-632-2800.



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