Olaf Bochmann

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Hello Santa Fe! My name is Olaf Bochmann and I am very excited to meet you all at the SFI complex systems summer school. Here are some information about me:

I have a degree in engineering from Technical University Dresden and a PhD from Catholic University Leuven. My research interest is in complex adaptive systems. Most of my research is related to agent based modeling and optimization of logistic networks in manufacturing systems. I am interested in biological inspired processes and its analysis using computational mechanics. I really like the interdisciplinary aspect of this research. Recently, I accepted a postdoc position at Iowa State University where I do research on the evolution of genetic networks. I work in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology with Steve Proulx.

Santa Fe is not only known for the summer school but also for its beautiful mountains and potential outdoor activities. Don't foreget to bring your climbing gear!

olaf (at) iastate (dot) edu

On May 31, 2007, at 8:39 AM, Daniel Rockmore wrote:

1. What are your main interests?

Even if I am working in Biology now, my main interest is still the engineering approach: How to design (optimal) complex systems?

  • where some useful properties emerge from local interactions
  • where system configuration is self-organizing
  • that show some sort of robustness ...

2. What sorts of expertise can you bring to the group?

  • about four years of experience in computational mechanics and -machine reconstruction
  • more then seven years on agent based modeling --- mainly applied to supply chain management, but more recently also to genetic networks
  • using Ant Colony Optimization in multi-agent manufacturing control
  • some background in Bayes theory, systems theory, machine learning ...

3. What do you hope to get out of the CSSS?

  • to get up to date on computational mechanics
  • some inspiration for reconstruction of networks from correlated data sets

4. Do you have any possible projects in mind for the CSSS?

I would like to kick off a project that aims to understand the dynamic structure and evolution of genetic networks.