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UGA to host informatics symposium

UGA will host a daylong informatics symposium Oct. 11 that will advance interdisciplinary collaboration and bring nationally recognized speakers to campus.

John Leslie King, the William Warner Bishop Collegiate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, will deliver a keynote address on cyberinfrastructure at 9:30 a.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Carter T. Butts, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, will provide a second keynote address on social and biological network analysis at 1:30 p.m., also in Masters Hall.

The Georgia Informatics Symposium also includes a poster session and a collaboration-building event known as “InfoMashup” that will allow participants to meet others with shared interests in areas such as mind and body; language and communication; security, cooperation and conflict; and world and economy. The symposium also includes a panel discussion featuring faculty members hired through the recently completed Presidential Informatics Hiring Initiative, as well as a closing reception.

Open free to the public, the symposium is sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Registration is required for breakfast and lunch.

Kyle Johnsen, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and one of nearly a dozen symposium organizers from multiple units on campus, said the principal goal of the Georgia Informatics Symposium is to facilitate networking and interdisciplinary team building among scholars engaged in informatics research and education.

More information, including the registration form, is online at