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 – 4:30 pm at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)

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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.

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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. The full agenda can be viewed 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



Poster Session
The conference will include a poster session led by early career scientists (postdocs and graduate students), featuring the research from a diversity of disciplines in reflection of the overall conference.

The Conference will take place at the Zuckerman Institute, located at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 3227 Broadway, NY 10027. The Zuckerman Institute is fully accessible, with accessible entrances located at the main entrance, 3227 Broadway and south entrance, 609 W 129th Street. Conference attendees will have access to a personal lactation space (Mamava pod), located on the 8th Floor. This Mamava pod is self-contained with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet and a door that can be locked for privacy. Conference attendees will have access to a communal meditation/quiet room for use throughout the day. The auditorium supports assisted listening devices, and assisted listening devices are available upon request. The virtual component will be enabled for closed captioning.

If you have specific accessibility requirements or needs, please contact [email protected] or Columbia’s Office of Disability Services, 212-854-2388 and [email protected].

Accommodations and Visitor Information
The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is located at Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus. Download a campus map here, and learn more about our campus neighbors. Columbia University has negotiated discounted rates with select vendors, which offer competitive pricing and value-added amenities. To book a car or hotel reservation new users must create an account to access the Visitors Online Booking Tool. Registered users may sign in to the Visitors Online Booking Tool to book Columbia negotiated rates or to change/cancel an existing reservation. Full details, including airport information, directions to campus, and parking information, can be found here.


Local Restaurant & Dining Information

Columbia University supports locally owned restaurants, stores, and other businesses that provide jobs and economic stimulus in the neighborhoods where they're based.

Dining in West Harlem

Dining in Morningside Heights

A full list offsite dining options can be found here: Dine Local Directory, or search OpenTable here.



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.


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