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MINDS Cast Ep. 3 –Escape from Model Land – How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do About it – w/ Erica Thompson (UCL)

Mathematical models are used to support many kinds of decisions, but they do not produce perfect predictions of the future. Erica will talk about some mathematical and social challenges for the use of models in decision-making, drawing on examples from climate change and Covid, and consider what best practices look like for responsible modeling in politically-charged contexts.

Dr. Erica Thompson holds the position of Associate Professor of Modelling for Decision Making at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, where I work on a programme of research funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. She is also a Fellow of the London Mathematical Laboratory, where she leads the research programme on Inference from Models, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Data Science Institute.

Her research focuses on leveraging mathematical and computational models to guide decision-making in practical contexts. Dr. Thompson has dedicated her efforts to developing mathematical and statistical techniques for assessing and interpreting models. Additionally, she explores essential philosophical inquiries concerning the true significance of model outputs and the integration of models with expert judgement in decision-making processes.

Don’t miss out this exciting discussion!

Organized by MINDS

This event is organized by MINDS, a student-led peer mentoring initiative for System Dynamics students at the University of Bergen.

Zoom Details:

Topic: MINDS Cast Ep. 3 – Escape from Model Land w/ Erica Thompson (UCL)
Time: Mar 7, 2024 05:00 PM Oslo

Meeting ID: 640 8130 8083
Password: 2f9yK9j8