CSSS 2007 Santa Fe-Logistics

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CSSS Santa Fe 2007

You will be housed and most lectures will take place at St. John's College.
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-6000

Sunday, June 3, 2007
12:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M CHECK-IN
On-site check-in for the Summer School will be from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 in Peterson Student Center at St. John's College. During check-in you will receive your dorm assignment, dorm key and meal card, along with information about both St. John's facilities and SFI. Map:

If you are driving your personal vehicle to the summer school we will have campus parking permits available at check-in. If you are riding the Sandia Shuttle from the Albuquerque airport ask the driver to drop you off at the parking circle at the Peterson Student Center, St. John's College. If you are unable to arrive during the check-in period or reception, you need to check in and get your room key from the Switchboard in Peterson Student Center.

A welcoming reception and buffet dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Peterson Student Center. Please return to the check-in point to obtain directions to the reception and dinner - everyone is encouraged to attend this first CSSS event!

Single rooms have been reserved at St. John's in modest but nice dormitories. A minimum amount of towels and linens are provided, as well as telephones (see General Information at It is suggested that you bring a clock and anything else you need for your personal comfort.

The housing at St. John's College is based upon single occupancy. For safety and contractual reasons you may NOT have overnight guests in the dormitories. We can recommend local hotels or other accommodations for your guests. St. John's College does not allow smoking inside any of the buildings.

Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, located in Peterson Student Center. The three meals are included in your room and board provided by the CSSS. There is also a coffee shop located in Peterson. The nearest restaurants are about three miles away.

The cafeteria meal schedule:
Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7:30-9:30a
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30a-1:30p
Dinner Monday-Sunday 5:00-6:30p
Brunch Sunday 10:30a-1:30p

Please have mail sent to:
Your name
SFI Complex Systems Summer School
Conference Services
St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Each dorm room has a telephone with its own number that will be assigned to you at registration. Please be sure to give that number to anyone who might call you. In an emergency, calls can also be put through to the St. John's switchboard: (505) 984-6000. Please arrange to have a calling card or credit card for long-distance phone calls before you arrive. If that is not possible, long-distance calling cards can be bought in Santa Fe. There are also pay phones on campus.

All students staying on campus will have free access to St. John's Student Activity Center. For more information please see their website at Santa Fe is also known for wonderful hiking trails and an active outdoor culture.


The St. John's College computer network is not to be used for Internet File Sharing Applications. This is college policy for faculty, staff, students, as well as conference guests.
The school will have a small computer lab available for use by the students and faculty. We will provide a network printer, a Linux server with the usual unix software and Matlab, Swarm, Repast, StarLogo and NetLogo, as well as compilers for C, C++, and Fortran. There will be 3 iMacs with windows running in Parallels, providing the usual Office productivity software and Adobe products, usable for either windows or Mac users. St John's is providing wireless access in the Student Center (including the Great Hall, the location of most lectures) and the Evans Science Lab building where the physics experimental lab is located. Due to the limited computational resources, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, which can be configured to be part of the summer school network. If you anticipate any special computing needs, please contact Lolly Brown (

The dorm rooms have both Ethernet and phone jacks. Each student will have a local email account. All of the machines are on the Internet so you will be able to use telnet/ssh to get back to your home institution or configure an email client to pick mail up off of an Internet connected server.

IMPORTANT:You must bring any Ethernet cards, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet cables, adaptors, etc. to connect your laptop to the local network in the dorms. We do not supply networking cables for use in the dorm rooms. You must bring with you any power converters or plug adaptors to plug your computer into the 120V outlets in the United States. We do not supply foreign power converters. If your University back home requires the use of "Side Car" or other forms of security authentication software, you may not be able to log into your computer at home from the summer school. The St. John's college network is behind what's known as a NAT fire wall, preventing some of these programs from working. As a result, if you have data back home you want to use at the summer school, the safest thing is to bring it on a CD or on your laptop computer.


Car Rental: Car rental is available both in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at your own cost. We have good corporate rates with Enterprise. To make a reservation, call 1-800-736-8227 or use the web site at Go into the "Corporate Class Program" section of the website and enter the Id # 3400179 and the first three letters of company name "SAN." Make your reservation for the Albuquerque Airport location. Since our arrangement with Enterprise doesn't cover insurance, we recommend that you accept supplemental coverage at the desk if your credit card or personal insurance policy does not cover rental car insurance. You must be 21 to rent a car and it is possible to rent a car just for a weekend in Santa Fe by calling Enterprise at 505-989-8859.

Taxi: The number for the taxi service in Santa Fe is (505) 438-0000.

Local bus service: Santa Fe has a small public transportation system, Santa Fe Trails. For route and schedule information, see Route "M" has a stop at St. John's College and provides service to downtown Santa Fe and to nearby museums seven days a week.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday (Routes 1, 2, 4 & M): 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

It is very important that you have health insurance coverage while attending the summer school. International participants are especially advised to make sure they have adequate coverage before entering the United States.

The school consists mainly of lectures and small group meetings/project work. It is expected that participants will attend the summer school for its full duration. One day per week lectures will be held at the Santa Fe Institute campus.

The schedule on the wiki is continually updated as more information becomes available. Most of the lectures will be scheduled in the mornings or early afternoons. Student projects are a major part of the school. Most students do projects in small teams of two to four people; some students do individual projects. Projects in the past have consisted of computer simulations, mathematical models, literature reviews, or combinations of the above. The range of topics in the past has been large. Here are a few sample titles from past summer schools:

An individual based model examining the emergence of cooperative defense in a social insect colony
Recognition of dynamic patterns with a network of spiking neurons
A critique of complex systems, in the framework of Kant's critical philosophy
The role of information in networks
Exploring the dynamics of high-technology product diversity
Emergent network structure, dynamics, and evolution of an artificial genome

Students will form small working groups based on general topic interest. In those working groups students will form teams for doing projects, determine topics, and write short (one-page) project proposals. During the remainder of the school the teams will carry out the projects. The final two days of the school are set aside for project presentations. One or more members of each team will give a 15-minute presentation on the results of the project. Each team will also hand in a final write-up on the project. After the school is over, all summer school participants will receive the proceedings of the school--a CD consisting of all the project write-ups.

You do not need to come prepared with a project or project proposal. These will be formulated during the first week. However, if there is a topic you are interested in come prepared to share it with your fellow students.

Prior to the beginning of the school, you are strongly encouraged to review the following areas in mathematics, if you feel it is necessary. You will find discussions of these areas in any standard college-level calculus, linear algebra, or probability and statistics textbook.

Calculus: basic techniques for differentiation and integration, basic techniques for solving ordinary differential equations, partial differentiation, basic techniques for solving partial differential equations, basic techniques for solving series.

Linear algebra: solving linear systems of equations, vector spaces, matrix theory, eigenvectors and eigenvalues.

Probability and statistics: sample spaces, elements of probability calculations, binomial coefficients and elements of combinatorics, random variables (distributions, variance, and standard deviation).

Background readings related to summer school lectures are added to the wiki under “Readings” as they become available.

Santa Fe is a lovely, small city located at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A town of 60,000 people, it is renowned for its beauty, art, culture, museums and restaurants. June/July weather is usually hot and sunny during the day (90F/32C) and cool in the evening (55F/13C). There are often thundershowers in the afternoon. Dress is casual. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. Hiking boots are also recommended.

For more information about Santa Fe and events taking place during your visit, please look at the city's web site at <>. Should you have any questions about this material, feel free to contact Stacey at (505) 946.2746 or