ITS Symposium Archive

Microbial Collectives in Action
Fri, May 3, 2024, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Coral Reef Arks & the BioToy universe
Forest Rohwer
San Diego State University

Tens-of-millions of life forms, the most abundant and biodiverse being…

Recent Developments in Large Language Models
Thu, Apr 25, 2024, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM
Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Recent advances in foundation models:
Continual training, time-series models and revisiting evals for vision-language models
Irina Rish
Université de…

Physics of Life: Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Mar 1, 2024, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM Breakfast 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
Molecular mechanisms of precise timing in cell lysis
Anupam Mondal, Rice University

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cell-motility self-regulated by secreted footprints
Emiliano Perez Ipiña, Johns Hopkins University

Single Molecules in Vivo
Fri, Dec 8, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM
Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Deciphering the form and function of the 3D genome 
Zhe J. Liu HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Deconstructing the mechanism by which the 3D genome encodes genetic…

Physics of Life: Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Nov 17, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

Please join us in supporting the work of the following doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who have been selected from a wide pool of applicants this semester:

9:30 AM Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM A fitness landscape instability governs the morphological diversity of tip growing cells

Theoretical Perspectives Enhancing Deep Learning Models
Fri, Oct 13, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM
Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Dense associative memory for novel transformer architectures
Dima Krotov
MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and IBM Research

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

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10:00 AM
Near-critical tuning revealed by spontaneous switching in a protein signalling array
Fotios Avgidis

10:30 AM
Electrochemical potential enables dormant spores to integrate…

Information flow in bacterial chemotaxis
Fri, Mar 24, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM
Bagels and coffee

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
More is different: Revealing bacterial navigation strategies
Katja Taute, LMU Munich

11:30 AM

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Trade-offs between cost and…

More and more neurons
Fri, Feb 24, 2023, 9:30 am4:00 pm

9:30 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM  - 11:30 AM

Andrew Leifer
Princeton University

11:30 AM Break

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Making sense of large-scale neural and behavioral data…

Physics of Life - Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Nov 11, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm
If you wish to attend in person and do not have a CUNY Cleared4access pass, please register by Wednesday Nov 9 to ensure building access. Thanks!

9:30 AM

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Physics of Behavior
Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 10:00 am4:00 pm

The physics of behavior aims at a more complete characterization of complex animal movements under more naturalistic conditions.  This symposium samples recent progress in this field.  We will hear from  theorists and experimentalists as they discuss how ideas from dynamical systems theory and statistical physics can…

Biophysics: Searching for Principles
Wed, Sep 14, 2022, 1:45 pmFri, Sep 16, 2022, 5:30 pm

Biophysics: Searching for Principles, a 3-day conference surveying achievements at the interface of theoretical physics and biology, brings together world leaders in the field, experts on its educational challenges, and notable theorists from other areas of physics.

Conference livestream available 

Physics of Life - Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Mar 25, 2022, 11:00 am11:00 am
Mar 25 Physics of Life - Students and Postdocs Edition  view full program and schedule program here.

Please register to join virtually or in person at The Graduate Center, CUNY (limited seating).

If you wish to attend the…

Entropy production, thermodynamic uncertainty, and information
Fri, Feb 25, 2022, 1:00 pm1:00 pm

Friday, February 25 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST

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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Nonequilibrium thermodynamic limits to fluctuations and response

Dimensionality and dynamics in networks of neurons
Fri, Jan 28, 2022, 11:00 am11:00 am

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11:00 AM Graph rules for nonlinear inhibitory network dynamics
Carina Curto, Pennsylvania State University
12:30 PM…

Genes, Geometry, and Development
Fri, Nov 12, 2021, 11:00 am11:00 am

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11:00 - 12:30 - Precision and plasticity in animal transcription
Angela DePace, Harvard Medical School…

Physics of Life - Students and postdocs edition
Fri, Oct 8, 2021, 11:00 am11:00 am

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Physics of Life - Students and postdocs edition



Physics of Behavior
Fri, Sep 10, 2021, 11:00 am11:00 am

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11:00 - 12:30 - Physical computation in insect swarms
Orit Peleg, University of Colorado at Boulder

Ecological Dynamics
Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 10:00 am10:00 am

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We will start at 10 AM

Directed Evolution of Microbial Communities
Alvaro Sanchez, Yale University

Neural Dynamics Across Scales
Fri, Mar 12, 2021, 10:30 am10:30 am

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10:30AM - noon: Understanding the structure…

Self-organizing systems and the origin of life
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 11:00 am11:00 am

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Language, learning, and networks
Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 10:00 am10:00 am

We are in the midst of a revolution driven by models for learning in neural networks.
In this symposium we will explore these models, their application to the deep networks that are the state of the art in language processing by machines,
and the relation of these ideas to the extraordinary ability of human infants to learn…

Chromosomes, condensates, and transcriptional control
Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 10:00 am10:00 am

All cells must control the reading out (“transcription”) of information encoded in their DNA.  
In this symposium we will look at new observations on the condensation of protein droplets surrounding sites of active transcription,
at new theoretical approaches to the  dynamics of chromosomes, and at theories that connect these…

Evolutionary dynamics
Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 10:00 am10:00 am

Evolution is a combination of randomness and selection, in systems with many interacting degree of freedom, and hence a challenging problem in statistical physics.
In this symposium we will look at the dynamics of evolution in the real world, including data on covid-19, in simplified laboratory experiments,
and in abstract…

Problems in neural and cognitive computation
Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 10:00 am10:00 am

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Using food-caching birds to study the neuroscience of episodic memory
Dmitriy Aronov, Columbia University

Design principles of adaptable neural…

CPBF undergraduate outreach at CUNY
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 1:30 pm1:30 pm

Zoom event hosted by Bill Bialek and Josh Schaevitz

Information flow in bacterial communities
Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 10:00 am10:00 am

Information flow in bacterial communities schedule

Quorum-sensing communication: from viruses to bacteria to…

Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 9:30 am9:30 am

Detailed Schedule for Friday December 6 Symposia

Adaptation and Bayesian forecasting in biological systems

Searching for simpler models
Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 9:30 am9:30 am

Detailed Schedule for Friday November 15 Symposia

Using simple models to understand complex processes

Toward the physics of complex behaviors
Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 9:30 am9:30 am

Animal navigation in uncertain environments
Agnese Seminara, Université Côte d’Azur

Quantitative windows into the minds of dolphins
Marcelo Magnasco, Rockefeller University

How birds sing: Taking precise data, making precise theories.
Samuel Sober and Ilya…

Dynamics and information in transcriptional control
Fri, May 3, 2019, 9:30 am9:30 am

Transcription factors, chromosome topology, and transcription control
Jie Xiao, Johns Hopkins University

The role of phase separation in regulation of gene transcription in eukaryotes
Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DNA polymer physics and…

The problem of ecological diversity
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 9:30 am9:30 am

A bottom-up approach to microbial community assembly
Jeff Gore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The origin of chaos in large interacting ecosystems
Giulio Biroli, École Normale Supérieure

Collective behaviors in large interactive ecosystems: A phase diagram

Exploring large populations of neurons
Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 9:30 am6:00 pm

Measuring and understanding the brain’s model of the external world
Loren Frank, University of California at San Francisco and HHM

The intrinsic neuronal dynamics of a canonical cognitive circuit
Ila Fiete, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Between chaos and…

Exploring Sequence Space
Fri, Dec 14, 2018, 9:30 am9:30 am

Sequence diversity in the adaptive immune system
Curtis Callan, Princeton University

Deep learning and proteins
Lucy Colwell, Cambridge University

Learning protein constitutive motifs from sequence data
Remi Monasson, École Normale Supérieure

Seeing beyond V1
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 9:30 am9:30 am

Neural mechanisms for seeing without V1
Tony Ro, The Graduate Center, CUNY

How the brain signals memories of what we’ve seen
Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania

How high-order image statistics shape cortical visual processing
Jonathan Victor, Weill…

Protein droplets and the physics of intracellular phase separation
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 10:00 am10:00 am

Protein disorder and liquid phase separation
Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, The Graduate Center and ASRC, CUNY

Mechanism and functions of phase separation by multidomain proteins
Michael Rosen, University of Texas Southwestern and HHMI

Protein phase transitions in and out of…

Physics of bacterial growth
Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 9:30 am9:30 am

Universality and individuality in growth and expression dynamics
Hanna Salman, University of Pittsburgh

Global cellular variables: Fluctuations and homeostasis
Naama Brenner, Technion

How does single cell variability affect population growth?
Ariel Amir,…

Quantitative approaches to behavior
Fri, Sep 15, 2017, 9:30 am9:30 am

Dynamic acoustic communication in flies
Mala Murthy, Princeton University

Songbirds learn vocal sequences within a rhythmic framework
Ofer Tchernikovski, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Capturing the continuous complexity of natural behavior in C elegans…