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NECSI Open House
Date: Friday, September 23, 2005
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM

New England Complex Systems Institute
24 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

The New England Complex Systems Institute invites students
and faculty interested in the study of complex systems to join
us at our open house on September 23. It is an opportunity to
meet others and learn about NECSI, our research, educational
programs, and community. Refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P. 617-547-4100 or web @ necsi.org

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Introduction to Research in Complex Systems Seminar

Cost: Free
Date: September 30, 2005
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA

NECSI will offer a free half-day seminar, introducing the
opportunities for research in complex systems. Basic concepts
will be discussed, along with their implications for the study of
biological, social and engineered systems. The seminar will
select from the following topics: universality and the unified
study of complex systems, patterns, networks, emergence,
complexity, evolution, interdependence, adaptation, modeling,
and a multi-scale perspective.

This seminar is conceptually based. A mathematical
background is not necessary.

For more information and registration:

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Local Seminar Series

First Seminar: Friday, October 7, 2005 at 2:00 PM
Guest Speaker: TBD

New England Complex Systems Institute
24 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

The first local meeting of the 2005 academic year will be held
on Friday, October 7. These weekly meetings feature guest
speakers presenting a wide variety of topics relating to the
study of complex systems. These seminars are free and open
to the public.

To be included on our announcement list for seminars at
NECSI please send an e-mail to: localmeeting-on @ necsi.org

For more information send an e-mail to web @ necsi.org

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Decision Making in Organizations

Date: November 18, 2005
Location: Hotel @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

How can organizations make effective decisions? As the world
becomes more complex, making the right decisions is
increasingly critical to success. Using simple language and
clear ideas, this program will explain how an organization can
improve its decision making. Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam, author of
_Making Things Work_, will show how complex systems ideas
can be applied in the real world using case studies from
organizations in health care, education, military and
engineering. Participants will learn in practice how to deal with
increasingly complex business and social environments.

The course is intended for executives, senior management and
administrators in business, non-profit and government

For more information or registration:

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One Week Intensive Course
CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Dates: December 5-9, 2005
Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney, AUS

This course offers an introduction to the essential concepts of
complex systems and related mathematical methods and
simulation strategies with application to physical, biological
and social systems. Concepts to be discussed include:
emergence, complexity, networks, self-organization, pattern
formation, evolution, adaptation, fractals, chaos, cooperation,
competition, attractors, interdependence, scaling, dynamic
response, information and function. Methods to be discussed
include: statistical methods, cellular automata, agent-based
modeling, pattern recognition, system representation and

CX201 is intended for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate
students and others who would like to gain an understanding
of the fundamentals of complex systems, and learn
methodological tools for conducting research in their
respective fields.

This is a one semester course that is taught in a one week
format. There are lectures and discussion during the day, and
in the evenings participants work on group projects that they
present at the end of the week. Arrangements for credit at a
home institution should be made in advance by contacting

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One Week Intensive Course
CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Dates: January 9-13, 2006
Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA

For course description see the previous course announcement.

For more information and registration:

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Managing Complex Organizations in a Complex World
Leadership in Rapidly Changing Business Environments
- Learning and Adapting in Time

Dates: April 6-7, 2006
Location: Hotel @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

Co-sponsored by Society for Organizational Learning

Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute
Peter Senge, Society for Organizational Learning
and MIT Sloan School of Management
John Sterman, MIT Sloan School of Management

This is a two day practical experience on working with chaos
and complexity - in the global economy, in national markets, in
business to business interactions and within the organization
itself. We will use new insights and concepts from the field of
complex systems to discuss innovative ways to survive and
thrive in today's new/old economy.

We will identify the key properties of successful complex
organizations - their structure, dynamics, information flows, and
relationships - and the essential roles of leadership in
responding to the rapidly changing complex world. Participants
will leave prepared to pay attention to new information, ask
new questions, make better decisions – to identify the right
time to adapt quickly and when to stay as they are.

This seminar is created for key decision makers and those who
advise them - executives, senior management, public
administrators, management consultants, organizational
development professionals and business educators.

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6th International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS)

Dates: June 25-30, 2006
Location: Boston Marriott Hotel in Quincy, Massachusetts

This conference has two major aims: first, to investigate those
properties or characteristics that appear to be common to the
very different complex systems now under study; and second,
to encourage cross fertilization among the many disciplines

For information on abstract submission and registration:

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NECSI Advanced Training Program

Dates: January through May, 2006
Application Deadline: October 31, 2005

We will be holding a one semester NECSI Advanced Training
Program (ATP) starting in January 2006. The Advanced
Training Program is an individualized course of study and
directed research. It is guided on a one-to-one basis. Remote
study is possible. We have students who pursue projects
independently and fly to Cambridge, MA for a few days to a
week for intensive study and feedback on their progress. The
one semester program can also be taken at half-time over a
period of two semesters.

Please apply online at: http://necsi.org/education/atp/app.php

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