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Petr Svarc

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Hi! My name is Petr and I am from Prague, Czech Republic. This is me practicing Taichi, the first complexity science I met in my life. I am also PhD Student in Economics. I am interested in complexity approach to socio-economic systems and its modeling through agent-based computational simulations (which I usually do using Repast J). But I am also interested in the complexity approach in general. I am looking forward to meet you all(!), to work together and have fun in the beautiful city of Santa Fe. Of course, we have to visit the famous El Farol Bar as soon as possible:-)

You can write me on petrsvarc at email dot cz


1. What are your main interests? Feel free to include a "pie in the sky" big idea!

My main interest lies in the complexity approach to economic systems but I am also interested in complexity approach in general. As a complexity approach to economics I understand taking the characteristics of real economic systems seriously and to use tools and findings from other disciplines as physics, biology and computational science to improve our understanding of the functioning of complex economic systems.

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

I have strong background in modern „mainstream“ economic theory and game theory, but I have also good overview of agent-based computational economics (ACE) and what is today known as complexity economics. I am able to (and I do) develop both mathematical and agent-based computational models (using mainly Java and Repast libraries). I have also good knowledge of complex networks theory.

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

Based on the similar events I participated on before I am almost sure that the best we can get out of this great event is to meet many people with very diverse but in the same time very similar interest. I believe that it will be the greatest inspiration for all of us. I am also looking forward to lectures given by the great tutors, mainly from nonlinear dynamics, econophysics and modeling of complex systems both through mathematical and computational tools.

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

Currently I have several projects in my mind. I would like to work on any interesting topic belonging to econophysics (with the aim to learn what econophysics is all about) but I am also open to work on any projects that will use agent-based modeling and/or network theory. Despite the fact I am an economist I would be happy to work on projects that are connected to natural systems (for example, last year during the summer school in Boston I worked on the model of the evolution of flocking behavior of birds or simulation of HIV spread in complex networks).