A season of tenure

2/3/2021

In December '20 and March '21, two INTP members have ascended to the ivory halls of permanent academia. For better and for worse, the general confusion surrounding human-virus interactions has prevented the wider world from taking full notice.

Still, we hope that it is with pride and modesty that Jean-François Arnoldi (CNRS) and Matthieu Barbier (CIRAD) will be welcomed by their newfound institutional homes. May they perambulate sagely in their crystal minarets, draped in resplendent white togas, while contemplating the parsimonious use of public money.

Thankfully, they also remain thoroughly devoted to the cause of the INTP, and so you will still see either of them here, occasionally writing news about themselves in the third person.

Breaking grounds

15/11/2020

While the world holds its breath for mostly-unrelated reasons, the INTP has started to coalesce from the aether as a vehicle for truth, community, and their byproducts.

Our first yearly general assembly was held online, and we had the pleasure of inducting Kirsten Henderson as our first Research Associate. She will collaborate with the INTP on projects mixing fundamental science and local farming practices.

In other news, some amount of ground has been broken for the establishment of our physical campus in the Pyrenees, the Escòla in Surba, Ariège, and we are hoping for an official opening in Summer 2021, worldwide pandemic and construction delays permitting. A few pioneers are currently ekeing out a living on the premises, scraping through the mud for bare roots as their only source of nourishment, yet proud to slouch where few humans have walked before.

Fête de la Science at the Muséum de Toulouse

4/10/2020

[Event in French - événement en Français]

On Sunday October 4th 2020, at 11:30 and 15:00, Matthieu Barbier will be talking about how different cultures construct their relationships with nonhumans:

https://www.fetedelascience.fr/quels-sont-nos-liens-avec-la-nature

This presentation will be heavily inspired from P. Descola's "Beyond Nature and Culture", and the work of Latour, Sahlins, Bird-David and other anthropologists and philosophers.

Course: Numerical methods

14/3 - 30/6/2019

We will be holding weekly classes between March and June at our current host institution (CNRS Moulis).

We plan for these classes to cover some or all of the following topics:


  • How to fit data points to a (non linear) curve?
  • How to find an equilibrium?
  • How does PCA (Principal Component Analysis) work?
  • What is Bayesian inference and when to use it?
  • How to do a robust sensitivity analysis?
  • How to model population dynamics?
  • When is individual based modeling useful?
  • How to model spatial processes?
  • What are the effects of noise and how to model it?

As we prepare materials, they will be uploaded on this site.

Foundation

28/1/2019

Welcome, fellows from all quadrants. We are now open as far as the wider web is concerned.