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Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology from a Santa Fe Institute Perspective - Agenda 2012

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September 14-16, 2012

Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

This two-and-a-half fay course is an intensive tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of effort that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. This course, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, is specifically designed fro professionals, faculty, students and others who are curious to explore and apply this new transdisciplinary scientific approach.

This course will be taught by a group of Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates. The program has no prerequisites and requires no specific background in mathematics or science. Participants will be guided, via lectures and hands-on demonstrations, through major topics of complex systems science, including dynamics and chaos, networks, evolution and agent0based computer modeling, as well as the application of these areas to understanding complexity in biological, economic, social and technological systems. The course is aimed at participants who are interested in these topics but do not necessarily have any technical background. Examples of people who will particularly benefit from this course are managers and policy-makers in business, government, and non-profit organizations; industrial research and development staff; medical, social work, and education professionals; journalists; and university faculty and students in any area of science or social science


Time Activity

Friday, September 14, 2012
8:30-8:45am Welcome and Introduction to the Santa Fe Institute – Professor Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University and SFI
8:45-10:00am Complexity, Dynamics, and Chaos – Melanie Mitchell
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm Biologically Inspired Computing – Professor Stephanie Forrest, University of New Mexico and SFI
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served
1:00-2:30pm Biologically Inspired Computing (continued) – Stephanie Forrest
2:30-3:00pm Break
3:00-4:30pm Special Topics Lecture: Self-Organization in Ant Societies – Professor Deborah Gordon, Stanford
4:30-5:00pm Informal discussion/questions
5:00-7:00pm Reception / Buffet Dinner

Saturday, September 15, 2012
8:30-10:00 am Dynamics of Information and Computation – Melanie Mitchell
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm The Science of Networks – Professor Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado and SFI
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served
1:00-2:30pm The Science of Networks (continued) – Aaron Clauset
2:30-3:00pm Break
3:00-4:30pm Keynote Lecture: Complexity in Economics – Kenneth Arrow
4:30-5:00pm Informal discussion/questions

Sunday September 16, 2012
8:30-10:00am Agent-Based Modeling (continued)– Melanie Mitchell
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm Special Topics Lecture: Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems – Professor Luis Bettencourt, SFI
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served; General discussion on Complexity (all participants and faculty)
1:00pm Adjourn