Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Happens in Chapel Hill Stays in Chapel Hill

I am now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to visit my collaborator Peter Mucha at University of North Carolina. I will also be giving their applied mathematics colloquium on Friday.

And to describe dinner at the hotel restaurant tonight, let me just mention the following: Douchebags are drawn to sports bars like moths to a flame. [[...groan...]]


jzappa said...

Hi Dr. Porter! Just wanted to say thanks for coming by and talking to Dr. Mucha's group, I thought it was really interesting and insightful. One question I had that I forgot to ask was whether you had an opinion on the people doing networks research at Michigan (other than the obvious Newman), Penn State, and Rutgers and specifically in the Stats departments if you know anything. I'm sitting on offers for grad programs from each and was interested in an unbiased opinion, or at least unbiased from the perspective of asking people to compare their own departments. Thanks!

Joe Zappa

Mason said...

My pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I know much less of what is going on in Stats than I do in some other areas. At Michigan, Levina in Stats does networks. Lada Adamic (I forgot the name of the department she's in, but you can find it with Google) does some very cool stuff. Political scientist Scott Page also does interest things, and in fact Michigan has a complex systems group with quite a few interesting people. (I know that Newman, Adamic, and Page are all members of their complex systems group.)

I know that Albert is in Physics at Penn State, but unfortunately I don't know who else they have. It's a very large school, so I assume they have quite a few good people --- but unfortunately I have to plead ignorance on this one.

At Rutgers, Konstantin Mischaikow in Math does some very cool things. Networks are involved in some of it (and in a way I like a lot), though that is not the main thrust.

My opinion is definitely a biased one. :)

The other thing to mention is that you definitely want to ask a networks person from Stats about this. He/she will be able to tell you a lot more than I can.