Complex Systems Symposium

Should be of interest to everyone who reads this blog.  Here’s the program, here’s the website, and here’s some more info that you can’t get from either yet:

Dear all:

Just wanted to share with you all a couple of updates for our Fall Symposium.  We’re very pleased to have two invited speakers so far: John Christiansen of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Mitchell Waldrop of Nature magazine.

John is the director of the Advanced Simulation Technologies Center at ANL, and has over 30 years of modeling and simulation experience across many fields, including: meteorology, ecology, botany, anthropology, archeology, healthcare, and more.  He will present some of his work on a recent NSF Grand Challenge in Biocomplexity, which created an agent-based model to study the rise and fall of Ancient Mesopotamia.  He will also use this work to illustrate different hardware and software platforms, with a particular focus on the challenges on going from the desktop to HPC.

Mitch is currently the editorial page editor of Nature magazine, and we are delighted to have him join us.  For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Mitch is the author of Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos … an excellent introduction to CAS and the history of the Santa Fe Institute.  Mitch has also written extensively across many fields, including two other books and a 14-year stint at Science magazine.  Recently he was the Public Affairs Officer at the NSF, and worked as a freelance writer before joining Nature.

Another bit of good news: On Thursday, Nov. 5th we will hold a two session (half-day) tutorial on Agent-based Modeling, for those interested in some practical tips and tricks of turning your concept into a computer simulation.  This special session will be headed up by Bill Rand of the University of Maryland.

Bill is currently the Director of Research at the Center for Complexity in Business at Maryland, and has many years experience working with the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-based Modeling at Northwestern, as well as leading similar group sessions on ABM.  He will lead this tutorial using NetLogo as the programming framework, which is particularly useful for those who have never programmed before.

We plan to hold the tutorial in parallel (the only parallel session) with a panel discussion on Causality in Complex Adaptive Systems.  This double panel session will involve an international consortium of researchers who have been holding multiple workshops over the last year, exploring and refining some of the core principles of CAS.  We will give more details on this group soon, as well as the other panels and papers to be presented in November.

Thanks everyone, and I look forward to seeing you soon.


Ted Carmichael

co-chair AAAI FSS-09

CAS in the Natural and Social Sciences