F902 Spring 2018 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 2
Monday, 9:30–11:00, April 23–May 7
This course will take place at the Mason Faculty Club (Pilot House on the Main Campus) and will include breakfast and parking. The fee includes a three-hour parking pass for the Rappahannock parking deck in the designated visitor parking area, and a continental breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information see the description for this event in the online catalog.
Apr. 23: The Rise of the Internet of Things. Christine Pommerening. Unmanned drones and autonomous vehicles, smart meters and artificial intelligence: the next generation of so-called cyber-physical systems has arrived. Many expect it will change the way we live and work in the 21st century just as fundamentally as computers did in the 20th century. This seminar will look at the application and implication of these systems for health care, energy, transportation, and communication.
Christine Pommerening has taught at Mason since 2004. Her areas of expertise include infrastructure and cyber-physical systems security, risk management and resilience, as well as national and international governance. She was a senior research associate at the Center for Infrastructure Protection at the Mason School of Law, focusing on public and private sector responses to industrial accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. She is currently a managing director at novaturient, a consultancy specializing in organizational change and risk management. Pommerening holds a PhD in public policy from Mason.
Apr. 30: Megacities. Dr. Michael Hieb. The twenty first century continues to see an accelerating trend toward urbanization. By 2030 it is projected that almost 40 cities around the world will have populations in excess of twelve million. Many of these “Megacities” will be located in countries and regions of the world that are both of critical strategic national security interest to the United States and unstable enough to likely require future intervention to preserve those interests. The magnitude of this challenge is exacerbated by the proliferation of inexpensive advanced technology to unsatisfied revisionist actors. A key technology is to be able to simulate a Megacity environment sufficient to plan and execute complex operations (disaster relief, military, etc). The GMU C4I and Cyber center has performed a recent study to perform an extensive Gap Analysis on the current state-of-the-art in large scale simulation and its limitations. GMU identified three concepts that characterize the Megacities environment– Scalability, Complexity and Agility. Metrics were developed in the areas of Simulation Frameworks, Environmental Representation and Social Modeling.
Dr. Michael Hieb is a Research Associate Professor at George Mason University’s Center for Excellence in C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) and Cyber. He has worked with large US DoD and DARPA simulation programs to improve C2 (Command and Control) modeling and has led NATO and IEEE working groups in this area. Hieb has more than 120 publications and has presented his C2 research on military, civil and non-governmental organizations to many international forums.
May 7: Culture and Psychology. Dr. Sadia Saleem. Psychology is embedded in a cultural context due to a combination of factors such as tradition, religion, language, and socio-political identity. This presentation highlights the cultural influence in the organization of family and its effect on the psycho-social and emotional functioning of an individual. This talk will provide a comparative view of individualistic and collectivistic cultures on family functioning and parental practices, based on findings from Pakistan and a comparison with the West.
Dr. Sadia Saleem is a Fulbright scholar at Mason. She has more than 13 years of teaching and research experience. She has carried out studies on the assessment and measurement of different mental health domains of Pakistani school children, including parent-child relationships, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, resilience, temperament, self-esteem, and identity.
measurement of different mental health domains of Pakistani school children, including parent-child relationships, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, resilience, temperament, self-esteem, and identity.