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*ONE DAY COURSE - UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, OCTOBER 30, 2001

This course will give an introduction to the opportunities that complex systems provides in research and in applications. Several approaches to the study of complex systems will be described, basic concepts will be introduced and implications for the study of biological, social and engineered systems will be discussed.

Registration and Information:
http://www.necsi.net/education/uc/


*MANAGING COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS IN A COMPLEX WORLD:

     Leadership in Rapidly Changing Business Environments -
     Learning and Adapting in Time

NECSI Executive Education Programs

November 15-16, 2001
Cambridge, MA

Speakers:

YANEER BAR-YAM, NECSI and Harvard University
TOM PETZINGER, JR., Author, The New Pioneers, and CEO LaunchCyte
PETER SENGE, Society for Organizational Learning and
                         MIT Sloan School of Management
JOHN STERMAN, MIT Sloan School of Management

*** PLEASE NOTE ***

In light of recent events, as our contribution to the rebuilding of the US economy, registration fees for the November 15-16 executive education program have been substantially reduced to allow increased participation. This course will enhance participants' understanding of how to build and maintain effective organizations including the identification of strengths and vulnerabilities. The early registration deadline is October 15.

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.

Information and registration: http://necsi.net/education/exec/


*ONE-WEEK INTENSIVE COURSE

A coherent program of study of complex systems concepts and methods.

Title: Complex Physical Biological and Social Systems
Date: January 7-11, 2002
Location: Cambridge, MA
Format: A one semester course in a one week format.

SUBJECT MATTER:

Introduction to 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 informatics.

Demonstration of the application of complex systems methods will be made through studies of:

  • Social systems: education system, health care system, military system;
  • Psychosocial systems: patterns of social behavior, mind, creativity, awareness;
  • Biological systems: evolution, physiology, immune system, brain, cellular systems, genetic networks;
  • Physical systems: meteorology

TARGET AUDIENCE:

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

CREDIT: Arrangements for credit at a home instutition should be made in advance. Contact Cherry or Luke office@necsi.org

For more information (registration will be possible in the fall): http://necsi.net/education/oneweek/winter01.html


*INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPLEX SYSTEMS (ICCS), JUNE 9-14, 2002 Nashua, NH

Submission of proposals for breakout sessions: October 2001
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2001
Among the speakers: Rita Collwell, Philip Anderson, Per Bak, Greg Chaitin, Simon Levin
Subjects: All areas of complex systems and applications.
Full call for papers to follow shortly.


*TRAVELING SEMINARS, FALL 2001/SPRING 2002

Due to the growing interest in complex systems, we are offering one-day seminars at universities and other organizations across the US and Canada.

These seminars provide an opportunity to introduce basic complex systems concepts and to explore the scope this field provides for research and applications.

Perhaps the most important part of the program is the opportunity for participants to ask questions about applications or areas of interest specific to them.

For an example of a past seminar, please see: http://www.necsi.net/education/onedayseminar.html

To plan and schedule a program please contact Luke at office@necsi.org


*ACADEMIC YEAR 2001-2002 MEMBERSHIPS

Membership in NECSI is $20 per year for registered students, $50 per year for academics, and $100 per year for everyone else. Corporate membership is $500 if you wish to register in the name of your corporation instead of individually. All memberships are fully tax-deductible. To register for membership please send a message including your name and preferred e-mail address to membership@necsi.org. Payment information can be found at http://www.necsi.net/membership/member.html


*DISCOUNT: ADVANCES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Advances in Complex Systems is a multidisciplinary quarterly journal devoted to the study of complex systems. It is published by World Scientific. We are pleased to announce that NECSI members are currently eligible for a special subscription rate of $92 (the regular price for individuals is $145, so the discount is greater than the NECSI membership fee for faculty and much greater than the membership fee for students).

For more information about Advances in Complex Systems, see http://www.tbi.univie.ac.at/ACS/

For subscription go to http://journals.worldscientific.com.sg/subscribe.html and enter "NECSI Member Rate" in the comment field. If you are not sure if your membership is up to date, contact office@necsi.org


*NECSI DISCUSSION GROUP

A discussion forum of complex systems principles in science and application to physical, biological and social systems.

complex-science@necsi.org

To subscribe to the lists send e-mail to:
complex-science-on@necsi.org
complex-community-on@necsi.org


*COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN LIFE AND ART, SANTA FE, NM

Title: Complex Systems in Life and Art (a one-day program)
Date: Friday, June 8, 2001
Location: Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

The ways that art describes/manifests the world around us and our internal worlds are interwoven with the new insights from the study of complex systems. Understanding art as a language, the historical development of art, and the creative process itself are all key areas in which art and complex systems have a common ground. Artists have also become engaged with the rich dynamic pattern-forming and generative models characteristic of many studies in complex systems. In this one-day program, we will introduce the basic concepts of complex systems that are being developed today, consider their relevance to everyday life, and explore the artistic concepts and expressions that are being brought to light by these exciting developments. For further information and registration (subsidized by SFAI to be $20 for students, $80 for artists/faculty, $200 for corporate) see http://necsi.net/education/sfai.html


*COMPLEX SYSTEMS SYMPOSIUM -- MARCH, 2001 in CALIFORNIA
COLLOQUIUM, COURSE and CONFERENCE

March 23-26, 2001: Colloquium, Course and Conference on new developments in complex systems research in the physical, biological, and social sciences.

Location: National Academy of Sciences, Beckman Center, Irvine CA

NECSI is proud to sponsor a course and conference, March 25-26, in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences Colloquium on Self-Organized Complexity March 23-24, 2001. Separate registration is required: Registration for the course and conference is through NECSI and for the Colloquium is through NAS. As part of the program there will be a conference banquet speaker: Charles DeLisi, recipient of the Presidential Citizen's Medal for his contributions to the Human Genome Project. Additional program and registration information is available through http://necsi.net/events/symposium/

Please note: This is our major spring event this year. The ICCS conference will take place in 2002 (see below).


*ONE DAY COURSE - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, MARCH 1, 2001

One-Day Course: Introduction to Complex Systems
Thursday, March 1, 2001

Sponsored by: Courant Institute, NYU
Center for Advanced Technology, NYU

This course will give an introduction to the opportunities that complex systems provides in research and in applications. Several approaches to the study of complex systems will be described, basic concepts will be introduced and implications for the study of biological, social and engineered systems will be discussed.

LOCATION: NYU Center for Advanced Technology

TOPICS:

Lectures and discussions will focus on the following topics:

1. Universality and the unified study of complex systems: Examples of complex systems: physical, biological, social and engineered. The basic concepts: emergence, complexity, evolution, relationships, observer, environment.

2. Interactions and Patterns: Patterns of behavior and the inadequacy of averages: influence, interdependence, cooperation, competition, networks, adaptation / evolution.

3. Description: Complexity, emergence and the multi-scale perspective in description.

4. Modeling: The role of models and modeling; mental and computer-based models; intuitive and fundamental modeling; building, testing and using models; modeling strategies and tactics.

5. Applications: Beyond scientific applications:
Medicine, Management, Engineering, Education, and Social services.

6. Complex systems in arts and humanities, the blurring/merging of analytic and affective views.

Registration and Information:
http://www.necsi.net/education/nyu/


*AFOSR FUNDING

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded a contract to NECSI toward the development of applications of multiscale representations. This funding will advance our Multiscale Research program. Basic funding of this program is being provided by the National Science Foundation.


*POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) welcomes applications for postdoctoral positions for research projects on unified approaches relevant to describing and analyzing complex systems. The research may have a focus or primary application in a particular discipline. In addition to general projects, specific projects we wish to promote include research in:

  • statistical physics of non-equilibrium systems
  • evolutionary biology and ecology
  • bioinformatics and functional genomics
  • computer simulation and agent based modeling
  • meteorology
  • engineering design
  • cognitive modeling
  • management/organization science
  • education of complex systems concepts

This year we have a particular interest in applications in statistical physics of non-equilibrium systems, but applications from any field related to complex systems will be considered.

NECSI Postdoctoral fellows will generally receive joint appointments at MIT, Harvard or other local academic institutions.

Candidates should describe their areas of interest and relevant background in a one to two page letter and attach a curriculum vitae and list of publications. Please e-mail applications to Yaneer Bar-Yam at office@necsi.org.

More info http://necsi.net/education/postdoc.html


*RECENT PUBLICATIONS

A new printing of Yaneer Bar-Yam's complex systems textbook was shipped on 12/22/00 from Perseus Books. It is available through bookstores and online at e.g. Amazon.com: Dynamics of Complex Systems Y. Bar-Yam, Perseus Books, ISBN 0201557487.

More info http://necsi.net/publications/books.html.


*ICCS PROCEEDINGS

Many congratulations to Ali Minai, who just had a baby. Ali is a member of the ICCS Executive committee and editor of the proceedings. The ICCS Proceedings will be coming out soon.


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