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World Renowned Computer Scientist to Speak February 26-27

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Jon Kleinberg

On Tuesday, February 26, and Wednesday, February 27, Jon Kleinberg, celebrated Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University, will deliver three talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP).

Kleinberg’s first talk, “What Can Big Data Teach Us About Society and About Ourselves?”, is aimed at high school students and will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 11 am in the SCGP Auditorium (room 103). That evening at 5:30 pm (also in the SCGP Auditorium), he will give a talk geared toward undergraduates and the general public, “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.

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 27, at 11 am in the SCGP Lecture Hall (room 102). Visit for the 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 online 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 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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