Information, Instability and Fragility in Networks: Methods and Applications
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Conference Summary (produced by Michael Stutzer, Conference Chair)
The one day conference is organized jointly by the Info-Metrics Institute, American University and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
The recent financial crisis raised the specter of cascading disruptions across financial institutions, due to their growing interconnectedness and the speed at which disruptions may propagate across them.
Quantitative "Connectionist" research in the physical sciences, engineering and information theory has modeled analogous phenomena, using techniques that are less familiar to economists, financial researchers and regulators and social scientists in general.
This conference will bring the seemingly disparate researchers together, in order to share ideas and jump start future collaborations.
Early researchers coped with the limited micro-level data about large networks by adopting information-theoretic estimation techniques (e.g. the maximum entropy method).
The conference is especially interested in papers employing information-theoretic, Bayesian techniques for additional purposes.
The conference organizers encourage submissions of papers on any topic within this overall theme, with a particular emphasis on the list below. Within the list of topics of interest, papers combining the tools of information theory or other approaches for inverse problems are of particular interest.
Characterization and estimation of interdependencies in financial, natural or engineered systems
Prediction and control of disruption cascades (e.g. propagation of defaults, failures or epidemics) in financial, natural, or engineered Systems
Analysis of factors and empirical findings concerning network stability in the face of shocks.
Robin Lumsdaine (American U.)
Michael J. Stutzer (Chair; U. Colorado-Boulder)
Juan Restrepo (U. Colorado-Boulder)
Karnik Anand (Bank of Canada) web page
Charlie Brummit (UC Davis) web page
Ian Dobson (Iowa State) web page
Andreea Minca (Cornell) web page
Camelia Minoiu (International Monetary Fund) web page
Edward Ott (Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics) web page
Juan Restrepo (Colorado) web page
Hongdian Yang (Johns Hopkins U) web page
For more information contact Professor Michael Stutzer at email@example.com or the Info-Metrics email above.