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CSDE Informal Training Opportunities for Autumn 2017

Posted: 10/10/2017 ()

Training & research workshops for faculty, staff and students include CSDE’s methodology workshops, as well as the ongoing working groups developing research techniques and programs.  The Computational Demography Working Group is an example of the latter. They have just announced their working group lineup. Finally, CSDE trainees have professional development opportunities through regular presentation of their research. Trainees should apply to present their research at the Lightning Talks and Poster Session.

1) CSDE’s Methodology Workshops

Designed to complement formal course instruction, CSDE Workshops are offered in a shorter, more accessible format responsive to the specific demographic research needs of CSDE’s Trainees and Faculty Affiliates. Most workshops meet for 1-3 sessions of a few hours each. To inquire about workshops or request a session on a topic, contact Cori Mar.

2) Computational Demography Lunches 

These are informal meetings (i) to discuss topics related to demographic data, computational methods and statistical approaches; (ii) to workshop research in progress; and (iii) to share tools via demos or tutorials.

Here is the calendar for the Autumn quarter (with tentative titles):

Tue, Oct 24th: Adrian Dobra – Measuring Human mobility and detecting population behavior using cellphone data (Format: Discussion of computational and statistical challenges)
Tue, Nov 7th: Jessica Godwin – Using INLA for Fast Bayesian Fitting of Latent Gaussian Models: Applications to subnational estimation of under-five mortality (Format: Tutorial/Demo)
Tue, Nov 14th: Lee Fiorio – Understanding Patterns of Human Mobility at Different Time Scales (Format: workshopping a paper before submission to a demographic journal)
Tue, Nov. 21st: Ariel Rokem – Homelessness data: Approaches for dealing with sensitive information (Format: Discussion of data challenges and demo)

The meetings will be held in Raitt 114 from 12:00-1:20 PM. Pizza/light refreshments will be served.

Everyone is welcome. Emilio Zagheni will send out more details about the format of each meeting via the computational demography mailing list.

If you would like to receive regular announcements about these meetings you should sign up for this mailing list:

3) Lightning Talks and Poster Session 

Would you like an opportunity to get feedback on your research from an interdisciplinary set of scholars? Would you like to practice your presentation skills, perhaps to help you prepare for PAA or another upcoming conference? Are you taking a class that requires a poster presentation at the end of the quarter? If any (or all) of these apply, we invite you to apply for CSDE’s Lightning Talks and Poster Session, set to take place December 1st!

Eight applicants will be chosen to present a poster of their research and give a short (~2 minute) presentation of their work to CSDE students and faculty. Students at any stage in the research process are welcome to apply.

The deadline to submit your projects is October 16th. You can submit your application through the following link:

We look forward to seeing your submissions! Feel free to reach out to Christine Leibbrand ( with any questions you might have.