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A monthly lecture series featuring prominent global leaders and academics sharing research in areas that are impacted by the emergence of big data.

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September 2018

Science for Policy 2.0

September 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Vladimír Šucha (Joint Research Centre)

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We live in an increasingly polarized present, looking to a complex and uncertain future while basing our legislative decisions on systems of the past. We need the processes and structures that underpin our political decision-making to be aligned with the complexities of the 21st century. Such changes cannot be undertaken by a technocratic elite, potentially disenfranchising citizens further from their governing institutions. Rather, political institutions must seek to improve transparency, openness, and accountability. The great divide between science and policy…

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October 2018

IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar

October 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Francis Bach (INRIA)

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Francis Bach is a researcher at Inria, leading since 2011 the machine learning team which is part of the Computer Science Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1997 and completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley in 2005, working with Professor Michael Jordan. He spent two years in the Mathematical Morphology group at Ecole des Mines de Paris, then he joined the computer vision project-team at Inria/Ecole Normale Supérieure from 2007 to 2010.…

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November 2018

IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar – Rocio Titiunik

November 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rocio Titiunik (University of Michigan)

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Rocío Titiunik is the James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She specializes in quantitative methodology for the social sciences, with emphasis on quasi-experimental methods for causal inference and political methodology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political science, political economy, and applied statistics, particularly on the development and application of quantitative methods to the study of political institutions. Her recent methodological research includes the development of statistical methods for the analysis and…

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December 2018

IDSS Distinguished Speaker Series – Raj Chetty

December 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Raj Chetty (Harvard University)

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Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is also the Director of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on topics ranging from tax policy and unemployment insurance to education and affordable housing has been widely cited in academia, media…

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