The agenda for the 2019 Modeling the World’s Systems (MWS) conference has been announced. This year’s conference, taking place in Washington D.C., will feature keynote speakers, panel presentations, poster sessions, and demos.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. Register here:

Keynote Speakers

Our Earthrise: Awakening the World to Complexity

Adam Bly, Founder and CEO, Startup in Stealth

Adam Bly recently led data at Spotify and is currently building a new purpose-driven data and AI infrastructure startup. He previously founded the data analytics company Seed Scientific, which was acquired by Spotify in 2015. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Peking University, The National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, NASA, MoMA, and the World Economic Forum. He has advised governments, national political campaigns, and international organizations on science and data policy. Adam previously founded the popular science magazine, Seed (2001-2010), and is the editor of Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science & Society. He served as Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems and currently serves on the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science & the Public. Adam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He was born in Montreal and currently lives in New York City.

Confessions of a Lifelong Modeler, and a View from NSF

Dr. Jim Kurose, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation

Dr. Jim Kurose is an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, where he leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).   With an annual budget of nearly $1B, CISE’s mission is to uphold the nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering, transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure, and preparation of a diverse computing-capable workforce. Jim also co-chairs the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, the Subcommittee on Machine Learning and AI, and the Subcommittee on Open Science of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), facilitating the coordination of these R&D efforts across Federal agencies. Recently, Jim also served as the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the US Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Jim is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science with research interests in computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation.  He considers himself “a lifelong modeler” of computer networks and their protocols, as well as other complex distributed systems. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and has received a number of research and education honors, including the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE Infocom Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Taylor Booth Education Medal. With Keith Ross, he coauthored the textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University.

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