Complex Systems Summer School 2017-Logistics

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Complex Systems Summer School 2017

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


International travel
Students entering the US from abroad may have specific questions about entry into the US.
Here is is information on the March 2017 large electronics ban.
Here is information on interacting with law enforcement at airports and other ports of entry.
Please contact the SFI education staff directly in case of a travel emergency.

Program Start

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Dorms become available to students June 11, 2017.

11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M CHECK-IN

On-site check-in for the Summer School will be from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 in Peterson Student Center at St. John's College. CSSS staff will have a table set up in the hallway across from the coffee shop. During check-in you will receive your dorm assignment, dorm key, and electronic swipe card, along with information about both St. John's facilities and SFI. St. John's Conference Services and St. John's College 3-D Campus Map

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, on the first floor to the left of the main entrance.

If you are driving your personal vehicle to the summer school, you must register your car with St. John's College. We will have vehicle registration cards available at check-in. Please park in the campus visitors lot at all times.

June 11, 2017 from 5:30-8:30p.m. in the Peterson Student Center on the Second Floor

Late Arrivals
If you arrive later than 5:00 p.m., please check in at the switchboard, located on the first floor of Peterson Student Center
Very late arrivals (11:00 p.m. and later) must use the telephone in the coffee shop to call the switchboard (dial 0) in order to gain access to the building

2017 CSSS T-shirt

It is tradition that summer school students select an image for their CSSS t-shirt by voting on designs submitted by fellow students. This will happen at the beginning of summer school.

When you register, you will be asked to select your t-shirt size. Please use this chart to help you select the correct size.

CSSS t-shirt size chart


CSSS participants will be assigned dormitory rooms at St. John's College - 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca l Santa Fe, NM 87505

Housing at St. John's College is based on rooms with single and double occupancy, depending on availability.

Clean sheets and towels are provided weekly, as well as a pillow and two blankets see CSSS St. John's Accommodations for more information). We suggest that you bring a clock and anything else you might need for your personal comfort.


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.

If you are locked out of your room, please contact the switchboard by dialing 0 from any phone. They will send someone to let you in.

Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, located in Peterson Student Center, Monday through Saturday. Two meals are served on Sunday. All meals are included in your room and board; you will be issued an electronic swipe card that you must present upon entry to the dining hall. There is also a coffee shop located in Peterson where you can purchase a light meal or snack. 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

Due to legal constraints, alcohol may not be consumed in the dining hall, coffee shop, classrooms, Student Activities Center, or playing fields unless it is part of a formal SFI event that has been approved by the college and has obtained an alcohol permit. Alcohol may only be consumed in common areas and meeting spaces if SFI has secured a permit from the college. Any guests drinking in these areas without an official SFI permit will be asked to disperse. Alcohol may be consumed in an individual's dorm room as long as that person is 21 years or older.

Linen Exchange
Clean linen will be exchanged each Thursday at noon in the linen room. Instructions will be posted in the dormitories. 2017 Exchange Time: Mondays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.

Upper Dorms: take linen to Upper Common Room (#33 on map) Lower Dorms: take linen to Polyhemia (#18 on map)

campus map

Laundry Facilities Available on Campus
Cost for one load of wash – $1.25 – $1.75 depending on the type of cycle
Cost per minute for drying time – $1.00 per hour
Payment method - quarters or credit card
Laundry Detergent – available for purchase at the bookstore: $1.00 – $1.25 depending on the brand or you can bring your own

Please have mail sent to:

Your Name C/O Complex Systems Summer School
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
St. John's College Conference Services
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mail will be delivered to the CSSS office at St. John's College (behind Great Hall where we are meeting) each weekday for you to collect.

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. You can purchase long-distance calling cards in the campus bookstore. There are also pay phones on campus.

Both St. John's College and the Santa Fe Institute are located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Because of the terrain, cell phone coverage may be spotty, inconsistent, or unavailable.

All students staying on campus will have free access to St. John's Student Activity Center, using your St. John's College ID/meal card. For more information please see their website at Santa Fe is also known for wonderful hiking trails and an active outdoor culture. The are no swimming pools on the St. john's College campus.


The dorm rooms have both WiFi and Ethernet jacks, albeit with limited bandwidth. VOIP services such as Skype may encounter connection issues.

There is limited wifi access in the Peterson Student Center where lectures will take place. Internet access at the SFI main campus will be limited to guest access on local machines.

You must bring with you any power converters or plug adapters to plug your computer into the 120V outlets in the United States. We do not supply foreign power converters.


The St. John's College network is behind a NAT firewall, which limits the use of BitTorrent and other peer to peer networking programs. 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. 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 portable drive or on your laptop computer.


There is a physics lab set up to demonstrate nonlinear dynamics in the Evans Science Building. This lab includes experiments involving caustic chemicals and high voltage electricity, which requires all participants to use appropriate caution and discipline. Additional drop-in open labs will be made available to students if they wish to experiment beyond their assigned time. Further access to this lab may negotiated with individuals if they wish to explore any of the experiments in depth.

Additional Important Information


SFI Campus Visits:
Fridays will be held exclusively at the Santa Fe Institute Cowan Campus, which is approximately three miles from St. John's. Shuttles will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking circle in front of Johnston Student Center. Lectures at SFI will last until approximately 4:45 p.m. Shuttles will then depart from SFI at 5:00 p.m. to return to St. John's unless notified otherwise.

General Contact Info for Santa Fe Institute

Please note that SFI is closed on weekends

Car Rental: Car rental is available both in Santa Fe at your own cost. We have corporate rates with Enterprise - for more information, please contact SFI program staff. 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 25 or older to rent a car.

Taxi: There is no taxi service in Santa Fe. For car-for-hire, use Uber or Lyft.

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. The Santa Fe Institute is not served by the bus system.
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.

We expect that all participants will comply with the following requirements: 1) attend all lectures for the full duration of the program; 2) participate fully in the intellectual development and write-up of a group project and fulfill all related assignments and deadlines; 3) complete all surveys administered by SFI related to the CSSS, including pre-program survey, all faculty evaluations, and a post-program survey. Participants who do not meet these requirements may be asked to leave the program at the discretion of the director.

The school consists mainly of lectures and small group meetings/project work. One day per week, lectures will be held at the Santa Fe Institute campus.

The schedule on the wiki is updated as 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 projects are comprised of small teams of two to four people. Projects in the past have consisted of computer simulations, mathematical models, literature reviews, or combination of the above. The range of topics in the past has been broad.

Students will form working groups based on general topic interest. In these 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 submit a final write-up on the project. After the school is over, all papers will be posted in PDF format on the SFI website.

You do not need to come prepared with a project or project proposal. These will be formulated during the first week.


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 lectures are added to the wiki under “Readings” as they become available.

Program End

Friday, July 7, 2017
8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. CHECK-OUT
All dorm rooms must be vacated by 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 7th. Please return your key to CSSS staff at the table on the first floor of Petersen or to the switchboard. If you depart before 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, please make prior arrangements with CSSS staff and leave your key at the Switchboard. Lost keys or keys not turned in by 10:00 A.M. incur a $25 fee.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe is located in northern New Mexico at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With a population of over 65,000 people, it is well known for its art, culture, dining, and year-round outdoor activities. 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 <>.

Should you have any questions about this material, feel free to contact Education at (505) 946-2724 or