TRIADS Design Workshop – From Ideas to Action

TRIADS will host a new workshop, From Ideas to Action (I2A), on Wednesday, May 17 at the Knight Center, Room 210. The goal for this event is to build stronger connections between researchers who have shared questions and shared methods. We will facilitate discussions wherein you can share your skills, capacity, and interests in one or more areas to help generate ideas for future implementation. All faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to attend.

Please RSVP.

We have identified six themes, but there will be room for discussion in other areas:

  • AI+Society (AI+S) 
  • Maps, geography, & geospatial data (Geo)
  • Race, power, equity, & justice (RPE&J)
  • Text, audio, video, & multi-modal data (MessyData) 
  • Computational public health (CPH) 
  • Mobile technology for measurement, assessment, & intervention (Mobile) 

A brief description of these themes, and an agenda for the morning, is included below. Our goal for this event is to identify concrete next steps for building a stronger community. We encourage you to join us for the entire program, so that the event is a rewarding and productive experience for all.


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Optional Buffet Breakfast (Knight Center, Anheuser-Busch Dining Hall)

8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Introduction by TRIADS Director, Jacob Montgomery

8:35 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Activity Instructions by Bhavna Hirani

8:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Breakout Rooms (AI+S, Geo, RPE&J)

10:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Break (refreshments)

10:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Rooms (MessyData, CPH, Mobile)

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch, Debriefing (short presentations), & Closing Remarks

Below are some possible topics to spark conversation. However, this event is designed to find out what you want to work on, so come ready with your thoughts and curiosity.

  • AI+Society (AI+S): Possible topics could include fairness in AI systems, biases in complex models, algorithmic mediation of human communications, or “human in the loop” computation.
  • Maps, geography, & geospatial data (Geo): Possible topics could include the environmental origins of health outcomes, migration patterns across space and time, the creation and effects of inter-state borders, or new advances in geospatial methodologies.
  • Race, power, equity, & justice (RPE&J): Possible topics could include the effects of police violence, trust in healthcare institutions, diversity in the workplace, criminal justice reforms, or racial discrimination in housing.
  • Text, audio, video, & multi-modal data (MessyData): Possible topics could include measurement of latent concepts in complex data, historical drift of concepts in large corpora, symbolic representation in political imagery, or measuring emotional states from audio.
  • Computational public health (CPH): Possible topics could include empirically informed computational modeling of contagion, data-mining health records, or translational data science for community organizations and practitioners.
  • Mobile technology for measurement, assessment, & intervention (Mobile): Possible topics could include passive data collection for audio, motion, location, app usage, as well as combining this data with customized surveys, experience sampling, and reactive interventions.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, so please RSVP. Questions? Email us at