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Addressing Threats and Vulnerabilities in Critical Interconnected Systems: Common Principles in Disease Outbreaks, Internet Malware, and Bank Failures

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Featuring Dr. Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

Thursday, June 13, 2019
12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time

Washington, D.C.: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043 (Google Maps)

RSVP by Friday, May 31, 2019 via email: pxo@ams.org (Paula Olugbemi)
Lunch will be served. Space is limited at this widely attended public event.

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MSRI and the American Mathematical Society cordially invite you to join a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University. Dr. Kleinberg will speak on the topic of "Addressing Threats and Vulnerabilities in Critical Interconnected Systems: Searching for Common Principles in Disease Outbreaks, Internet Malware, and Bank Failures".

A vital feature of many critical systems in society is their connectivity—they are built from large numbers of components linked together in a network. This structure makes it possible to build them at large scales, but it also puts them at risk of cascading breakdowns, when a problem in one component spreads to others. We consider mathematical models originally developed for epidemic diseases, where a small change in the connectivity of the population or the infectiousness of the disease can lead to large changes in the reach of the outbreak. We then consider how these models apply when developing detection techniques and countermeasures for risks to highly interconnected systems, including malware on the Internet and cascading failures in banking systems.

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on the interaction of algorithms and networks, and the roles they play in large-scale social and information systems. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and has served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council and the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the MacArthur, Packard, Simons, and Sloan Foundations, as well as awards including the ACM Prize in Computing and the Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union.