Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology from a Santa Fe Institute Perspective - Agenda 2013

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September 4-6, 2013
Topical Theme: Networks
Austin, Texas
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

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This two-and-a-half day introductory course focuses on the science of networks: a new field that studies common principles of complex networks across disciplines. Social and economic networks, food webs, the World Wide Web, and the power grid are examples of the kinds of systems that network science seeks to understand. In this course, taught by prominent Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates, you will learn the basic concepts and tools of this new science, and see several case studies of their application in diverse areas. You will also have the opportunity for discussion with the faculty and other participants about applications within your own areas of interest. You will come away with an understanding and appreciation of the importance of network science for biology, ecology, economics, business, human health, social life, and other pursuits.

This course is specifically designed for professionals, faculty, students and others who are curious to explore and apply ideas from network science. This course has no prerequisites and requires no specific math or science 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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
8:30-9:00am Welcome and Introduction – Melanie Mitchell
9:00-10:00am Introduction to Networks – Aaron Clauset
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm Introduction to Networks (continued) – Aaron Clauset
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served
1:00-2:30pm Networks in Epidemiology - Lauren Ancel Meyers
2:30-3:00pm Break
3:00-4:30pm Network Modeling Tools - Melanie Mitchell
4:30-4:45pm Break
4:45-5:15pm Informal discussion
6:30-8:30pm Reception/Buffet Dinner

Thursday, September 5, 2013
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Ecological Networks - Jennifer Dunne
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm Emergence in Social Systems - Simon DeDeo
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served
1:00-2:30pm Social Media and the Attention Economy - Bernardo Huberman
2:30-3:00pm Break
3:00-4:30pm Dealing with Uncertainty in Networks - Cris Moore
4:30-4:45pm Break
4:45-5:30pm Faculty Panel Discussion
Dinner Dinner on your own

Friday September 6, 2013
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
8:30-10:00am The Power Grid as a Complex Network– Paul Hines
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-12:00pm The Origin of Scaling in Cities - Luis Bettencourt
12:00-1:00pm Lunch served; General discussion
1:00pm Adjourn