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Fourth Indo-American Symposium

Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

April 18-20, 2011
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Algorithms and Big Data Sets

Organizers: Raissa D’Souza and Madhavan Mukund

Introductory Speaker:
Networks’ Challenge: Where Game Theory Meets Network Optimization
Asu Ozdaglar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Speakers:
Sequencing the Genome and What It Tells Us
Ramesh Hariharan, Strand Life Sciences

Algorithms for Processing Massive Data Streams
S. Muthu Muthukrishnan, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 Biological / Biomimetic Materials

Organizers: Ashish Lele and Jonathan Wilker

Introductory Speaker:
Biological / Biomimetic Materials
Jan Genzer, North Carolina State University

Speakers:
Biological and Biomimetic Materials: Nature’s Inspirations
David Wright, Vanderbilt University

Synthetic Mimics of Biological Materials
Dhirendra Katti, IIT-Kanpur

 Creative Brain

Organizers: Sumantra Chattarji and Anand Viswanathan

Introductory Speaker:
The Creative Brain
David Beversdorf, University of Missouri

Speakers:
Creativity, Psychosis & Human Evolution: A Panglossian Perspective?!
G. Venkatasubramanian, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

Where Ideas Come From: The Cognitive and Brain Bases of Eureka! Moments
Mark Jung Beeman, Northwestern University

 Extinction Causes and Consequences

Organizers: Amitabh Joshi and Todd Oakley

Introductory Speaker:
Extinction Causes and Consequences
Matthew E. Clapham, University of California, Santa Cruz

Speakers:
Population Extinction: Causes and Consequences
Sutirth Dey, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

Causes and Consequences of the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction
Seth Finnegan, California Institute of Technology

 Future of Freshwater Supply – Himalayan Glacier and River Systems

Organizers: Cecilia Bitz and Malay Mukul

Introductory Speaker:
Future of Freshwater Supply – Himalayan Glacier and River Systems
Steven Goodbred Jr., Vanderbilt University

Speakers:
Glacier Changes and Regional Climate – Past and Present
Summer Rupper, Brigham Young University

Himalayan River Systems: Challenges of Freshwater Supply and Management
Rajiv Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

 Genetic Basis of Variation in Behavior, Evolution and Disease

Organizer: Vishwanath Iyer and Rajan Sankaranarayanan

Introductory Speaker:
Genetic Basis of Variation in Behavior, Evolution and Disease
Vanessa Hayes, J. Craig Venter Institute

Speakers:
Cracking the Cancer Code
Somasekar Seshagiri, Genentech

Ayurgenomics: Old is the new New!
Mitali Mukerji, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi

 The Role of Organic Synthesis in Drug Discovery

Organizers: J. N. Moorthy and Derek Tan

Introductory Speaker:
The Role of Organic Synthesis in Drug Discovery
Angela N. Koehler, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Speakers:
Small Molecule Transcriptional Modulators
Anna Mapp, University of Michigan

Hybrid Natural Products: Nature’s Inspiration and Opportunities for Synthetic Chemists
Krishna Kaliappan from IIT Bombay

 Topological Order and Quantum Computation

Organizers: Rajesh Gopakumar and Jocelyn Monroe

Introductory Speaker:
Topological Order and Quantum Computation
Joel Moore, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:
Topological Quantum Computation
Chetan Nayak, University of California Santa Barbara

Dirac Physics in Junctions of Topological Insulators
Krishnendu Sengupta, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences

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