Columbia University in the City of New York

May 23 –
May 25 2023

Curiosity, Creativity and Complexity

Catalyzing interdisciplinary discussion across science, artificial intelligence and economics

May 23rd – May 25th, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)

How does the brain cope with Complexity? How do we make decisions when confronted with practically infinite streams of information? A three-day conference dedicated to the idea that Curiosity and Creativity play key roles in this process will be hosted at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute on May 23-25, 2023.

The conference showcases cutting edge research on these questions in Neuroscience and Psychology (neural mechanisms of cognitive control, exploration, decision-making, information demand, memory and creativity), Computer Science (artificial intelligence of curiosity and intrinsic motivation) and Economics (decision making and information demand). Alongside formal presentations, the conference will encourage ample interactions among faculty, students and postdocs through informal discussions and poster presentations.

Registration will open February 2023 - details forthcoming. The conference will be in a hybrid format, with in-person seating and live-streaming.

COVID Safety
At this time, masks are optional but recommended in Columbia University buildings and all individuals are required to show proof of vaccination before entering any building. The policy is likely to evolve based on changing conditions, and we will follow the policy that is in effect at the time. Up to date information can be found here: Columbia COVID-19 Guidelines.

Poster Abstract Submission
The conference will include poster sessions; abstract submission for these sessions is now open. Abstracts will be screened for quality, and acceptance decisions will be emailed by end-March. A limited number of partial travel awards are available to students and other trainees who present a poster and travel from outside New York City. Deadline: February 15, 2023Submission form here!


List of Speakers 

Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD 
University of Arizona

Bruno Averbeck, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health   

Kalina Christoff, PhD
University of British Columbia   

Floris de Lange, PhD
Donders Institute

Joy Geng, PhD
UC Davis

Russel Golman
Carnegie Mellon University

Mattias Gruber, PhD
Cardiff University

Todd Gureckis, PhD
New York University

Catherine Hartley, PhD
New York University

Benjamin Hayden, PhD
University of Minnesota

Ming Hsu, PhD
UC Berkeley

Ifat Levy, PhD
Yale University

Yusufcan Masatlioglu
University of Maryland

Ilya Monosov, PhD
Washington University

Pietro Ortoleva
Princeton University

Ian Osband, PhD
Google Deep Mind, London

Michaela Pagel, PhD
Columbia University

Daniel Polani, PhD
University of Hertfordshire

Daniel Schacter, PhD
Harvard University

Tali Sharot, PhD
University College London

Kinneret Teodorescu, PhD
Technion, Israel

Jochen Triesch, PhD

Angela Yu, PhD
UC San Diego




Steering Committee
Jacqueline Gottlieb, PhD, Columbia University
Pierre Yves Oudeyer, PhD, INRIA, France
Robert Wilson, PhD, University of Arizona
Amitai Shenhav, PhD, Brown University
Elliot Ludvig, PhD, University of Warwick
Mark Dean, PhD, Columbia University


The Steering Committee gratefully acknowledges the many people who are helping plan, organize and run the conference. 


The conference is jointly sponsored by Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Center for Science and Society, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and Program for Economic Research.


Venue: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)
3227 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

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