Past Event

Workshop on Human-Centric Automation of Information, Coordination and Analytics (ERICA)

September 21, 2018
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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523 Butler Library

Welcome to the event webpage for our September 2018 Workshop on Human-Centric Automation of Information, Coordination and Analytics (ERICA), hosted by Columbia University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

This project emerges from a team of academic scientists and engineers, and leaders from the Greater New York City area's emergency responder community, with the goal of studying how computing can best aid the interaction among people, resources, and data in the context of emergency response. Specifically, we seek to understand how massive and evolving data can be turned into useful information and effective analytics, so as to best support real-time decisions on resource allocation and responsed coordination. We will explore the deep question of how to design computing systems that must:

  1. Tightly interact and coordinate with humans who present multiple, possibly competing objectives, to produce informed decisions, using
  2. An unpredictable and possibly evolving set of computational, communication and other physical resources, that
  3. Analyze massive amounts of real-time, continually generated, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional distributed data, including text, images, videos, and sensed information from both statically provisioned infrastructure and unplanned sources.

This workshop is the first of its kind to generate collaborative discussions between these two communities towards ERICA's common goal. The day will be comprised of brainstorming discussions and faculty research presentations across multiple theoretical fields and applied examples.

Faculty Participants: Dan Rubenstein, Charles Jennings, Henning Schulzrinne, Norman Groner, Shih-Fu Chang, Lydia Chilton, David Yao, Kevin Ochsner, Sheena Iyengar, Stephen MorseZach Tumin

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast by High Street on Hudson

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Dan Rubenstein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Columbia University                                

9:15 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Tools for Decentralized Decisions

Lydia Chilton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Columbia University

9:35 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.      
Faculty Presentation

Henning Schulzrinne, PhD
Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods
Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Scenario #1: Extreme Weather

Dan Rubenstein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Columbia University

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch by Wasan
Faculty Presentation

Shih-Fu Chang, PhD
Richard Dicker Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Senior Executive Vice Dean
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Reconvene and Review

Sharon Sputz
Executive Director of Strategic Programs
Data Science Institute
Columbia University

1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Simulation Modeling and Resource Allocation

David Yao, PhD
Piyasombatkul Family Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Columbia University

1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Who Needs What Information, When?

Norman Groner, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

2:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Coffee Break

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Scenario #2: Communications Infrastructure

Michael Meyers
Deputy Chief, Chief of Safety
New York City Fire Department

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rapporteur’s Report: Summarizing the Day

Dan Rubenstein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Columbia University

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception by The Clover Club

Dr. Dan Rubenstein is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. His research interests are in network technologies, applications, and performance analysis. He is an editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, program chair of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Sigmetrics 2011, and has received an NSF CAREER Award, IBM Faculty Award, and three paper awards from ACM SIGMETRICS 2000, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Network Protocols ICNP 2003, ACM CoNext 2008, and CoNext second best paper award in 2016. Rubenstein received his PhD in computer science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

R. Zachary Tumin is former Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the New York Police Department, and a member of the faculty (adjunct) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Zach joined the NYPD after nearly a decade at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. There, he served as Special Assistant to the director and faculty chair of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, leading the Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age, a joint Harvard/MIT cybersecurity initiative. Previously, at the Kennedy School, Zach was Associate Director for Programs in Technology, Networks and Governance at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World Program; and a Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. Zach has written extensively about the strategic management of collaboration, and is the author of numerous teaching cases, working papers, reports, and essays.  With William Bratton, Zach is the co-author of COLLABORATE OR PERISH! REACHING ACROSS BOUNDARIES IN A NETWORKED WORLD, published by Broadway Business/Random House in 2012. He is the lead author on numerous articles, white papers, and reports, including Harvard Business Review’s “Viral By Design: Teams in the Networked World” (2102), and the Kennedy School’s “From Government 2.0 to Society 2.0: Pathways to Engagement, Collaboration and Transformation.” Zach earned his BA in philosophy cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Sharon Sputz, Director of Strategic Programs within the Data Science Institute, has combined experience in business strategy and technical research. Prior to joining the Institute, Sharon spent 11 years at BAE Systems identifying and pursuing new business opportunities in leading edge technology. Her expertise is establishing long term customer relationships to grow and develop new business. Sharon is skilled in orchestrating research aligned to customer needs in order to promote the funding of new business. She began her career at Bell Laboratories managing and coordinating material characterization as well as developing new and innovative tools to control processing and provide profitable laser packages for the optical communications business. Sharon moved on to become the Strategic Marketing Manager at Lucent/Agere with a variety of responsibilities: from leading the technical evaluation of merger and acquisition candidates to defining product planning for the optical networking group and components. She holds multiple patents from both her time at BAE Systems as well as Lucent. Sharon received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from State University of NY at Binghamton and a Masters of Science in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

The ERICA Workshop will be held in Room 523 of Butler Library, 535 West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (map). There are multiple methods for traveling to Butler Library and Columbia University's Morningside campus:

  • By Subway: Take the 1 Train to the West 116th Street/Columbia University stop.
  • By MetroNorth: Take any line to the Harlem Station (East 125th Street and Park Avenue), an approximately 30-minute walk from campus.
  • By Car: Columbia has many reservation-only parking garages, and is within close proximity to multiple non-affiliated garages.

Contact Information

Marley Bauce
(212) 854-7836