UC Workshop on National Security through Social Sciences

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A two-day workshop focused on using social science tools and strategies to address national security issues.

This workshop is designed to provide technical/scholarly background and networking opportunities for UC faculty and National Lab researchers interested in submitting proposals under the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program (LFRP) - Awards from this program promote the development of projects and collaborations that advance the missions of the national laboratories and the University of California. While attendance is meant to facilitate the formation of teams, the workshops are not proposal writing venues. and attendance is not a requirement (or prerequisite) for submitting a proposal.

For more information on LFRP see -

Overview of the Workshop:

National security through social sciences: Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research in the social sciences, arts and/or humanities, including through the application of computational sciences and exploration of immersive visualization, large data sets, or complex networks that advances scholarship and investigates solutions to national security challenges. Research scope may address peace and conflict studies; nuclear proliferation and WMDs; the implications of economic, social and political movements or system failures; terrorism; forensics; catastrophic events; and other topics related to the laboratories’ missions.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

• Facilitate new collaborations across UCs and the national labs

• Create bridges and strengthen the community of researchers interested in this field

• Identify core strengths of UC and national laboratories


Monday, May 8, 2017


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration/coffee and pastries

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Workshop opening
Pramod Khargonekar (UC Irvine), Ann Karagozian (UCLA), & Cameron Carter (UC Davis), Welcome and plan for meeting

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Adam Russell, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
National Security through Social Sciences: The Big Picture

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Pat Falcone (LLNL Deputy Director for S&T)
National Laboratories Perspective on UC Opportunity

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Science Opportunity Overviews (15 min talks + 5 min discussion)

Stergios Skaperdas (UC Irvine) War vs. Settlement: Game-theoretic Approaches
Heidi Hardt (UC Irvine) International Organizations and National Security
Eli Berman (UC San Diego) Terrorism, Insurgency and Civil Wars
Tai Ming Cheung (UC San Diego) Technology and National Security

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Charge for breakout sessions - Anupam Chander (UC Davis)

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)


1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions – Science Opportunities (Session 1)

A. Peace and Conflict Studies
Chair: Michaela Mattes (UC Berkeley)
B. Political/Social Movements
Chair: David Meyer (UCI)
C. Terrorism & Catastrophic Events
Chair: Bridget Coggins (UCSB)
D. Forensics
Chair: William Thompson (UC Irvine)
F. Privacy & Surveillance
Chair: Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli (UCD)

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Breakout sessions – Science Opportunities (Session 2)

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Day One Plenary Wrap up

Outbriefs (4) from each Breakout Group (5 minutes each)
Homework and Plan for Tomorrow - Zeev Moaz (UC Davis)

5:45 p.m. Adjourn Day One

Tuesday May 9, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening plenary session
Summary of Day One/general discussion/Plan for Day Two

9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session – Tools, Techniques & Strategies

1. Visualization
Chair: Carol Burke (UC Irvine)
2. Image Processing
Chair: Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA)
3. Mining Large Data Sets
Chair: Vwani Roychowdhury (UCLA)
4. Predictive Modeling
Chair: Jeff Brantingham (UCLA)
5. Complex Networks
Chair: TBA
6. Communications
Chair: George Barnett (UC Davis)

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session Summaries

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wrap Up – Karagozian/TBA
Key Elements of a UC-wide initiative

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m Working lunch; General Discussion – Next Steps

1:00 p.m. Workshop Adjourns

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