Past NECSI Announcements: 2002


2002 ANNOUNCEMENTS

SEPTEMBER 13, 2002

JULY 2002

MAY 2002

APRIL 2002

MARCH 2002

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

ARCHIVES


*One-Day Course: INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Sunday, October 6, 2002 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

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, observer, system, environment.
  2. Interactions and Patterns: Patterns of behavior and the inadequacy of averages: influence, interdependence, cooperation, competition, networks, adaptation.
  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: physical, biological, social and engineered systems.

REGISTRATION

Registration can be submitted on-line. MIT students, faculty, and community attend FREE (registration is required); for non-MIT participants the fees are: Student $50, Faculty $150, Corporate $350, Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: http://www.necsi.net/education/mit/ or contact: office@necsi.org


*MANAGING COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS IN A COMPLEX WORLD

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

NECSI Executive Education Programs
November 14-15, 2002
Boston, MA

Speakers:

  • JOHN STERMAN, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • PETER SENGE, Society for Organizational Learning and MIT Sloan School of Management
  • YANEER BAR-YAM, NECSI and Harvard University

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.

A limited number of academic scholarships are available. Contact Debra at exec@necsi.org if you are interested.

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


*One-Day Course: INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at University of Nevada, Reno

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Same as the above description for the One-Day Course at MIT. This course will be given in conjunction with the Workshop on Modeling Complex Systems with the US Geological Survey. The workshop includes presentations by Stuart Kauffman and Stephen Wolfram (http://minerals.usgs.gov/west/seminar.shtml http://minerals.usgs.gov/west/seminar1.shtml).

REGISTRATION

Registration can be submitted on-line. Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

http://www.necsi.net/education/usgs/ or contact: office@necsi.org


*One-Week Intensive Course: COMPLEX PHYSICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL SYSTEMS

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

Title: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems
Date: January 6-10, 2003
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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, faculty and others 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 institution should be made in advance. Contact office@necsi.org

For more information and registration: http://necsi.net/education/oneweek/winter03.html


*NEW NECSI PUBLICATIONS ONLINE

Recent papers are available online at http://necsi.net/projects/recent.html

and on personal web pages including:


*POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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
  • modeling and analysis of social and economic systems
  • computer simulation and agent based modeling
  • meteorology and fluid dynamics
  • engineering design
  • cognitive modeling
  • management/organization science
  • education of complex systems concepts

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


*TRAVELING SEMINARS FOR FALL AND SPRING

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 discuss areas of specific interest to them and ask questions about particular applications.

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

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


*ACADEMIC YEAR 2002-2003 MEMBERSHIPS

Membership in NECSI is $20 per year for registered students, $50 per year for academics, and $100 per year for everyone else. 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


*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 list send e-mail to: complex-science-on@necsi.org


*NECSI POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

A postdoctoral position is immediately available at the New England Complex Systems Institute in the group of Yaneer Bar-Yam. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on a broad range of problems including multiscale representations and evolutionary theory in diverse contexts which could include physical, biological or social systems. Skills include: interest in performing literature reviews, effective writing, quantitative analysis and simulation (quantitative research background preferred).

Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Send a current CV and cover letter describing interests to office@necsi.org


*COMPLEX SYSTEMS AWARDS

We are pleased to announce that awards for contributions to the study of complex systems will be given to:

Philip W. Anderson
Mitchell J. Feigenbaum
Per Bak

The Herbert A. Simon Award for contributions to the study of Complex Systems will be awarded to

Philip W. Anderson,
originator of studies on spin glasses,
and many works on the collective properties of
condensed matter systems.

The Claude E. Shannon Award for contributions to the study of Complex Systems will be awarded to

Mitchell J. Feigenbaum,
discoverer of universality in the
bifurcation route to chaos.

The New England Complex Systems Institute is pleased to recognize with a special award

Per Bak
developer of self-organized criticality


The awards will be presented at the International Conference on Complex Systems
Sunday June 9

For further information please see
http://necsi.net/
http://necsi.net/events/iccs/iccscover.html


*DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS, TEXT ONLINE

The book

DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS by Yaneer Bar-Yam

is now available in full text (pdf) online at

http://www.necsi.net/publications/dcs/


*TWO WEEK ADVANCED COURSE AND SUPERVISED STUDY/RESEARCH
IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS

July 1-12, 2002

This is an opportunity to pursue a directed study/research project with a small group in a collegial atmosphere. This advanced course will explore the diverse opportunities for contribution in the study of complex systems and the application of complex systems concepts in selected areas. The study program and research projects will be individualized, similar to a directed study, allowing the possibility of initiating projects in a specific area of complex systems research. Projects may involve studies of fundamental aspects of complex systems or applied studies of physical, biological, social or engineered systems. Conceptual or mathematical analysis or simulation based research are all possible. The area of the directed study will be agreed upon in advance.

LOCATION
New England Complex Systems Institute, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

FORMAT
The time will be organized to allow a few lectures, frequent group discussions, and mostly a directed study/research project in a collegial atmosphere.

TARGET AUDIENCE
Students, post-docs, faculty and others that are interested in pursuing research in complex systems.

The number of participants will be limited to 10-15 depending on the synergy between participant interests to enable an effective learning environment. Joint participation by groups (faculty and their students, colleagues, etc.) interested in pursuing a single project is encouraged.

CREDIT
Arrangements for student credit at a home institution should be made in advance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:
http://necsi.net/education/twoweek/
or contact: office@necsi.org


*ONE-DAY COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Tuesday, April 30, 2002
at Harvard University

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

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
Registration can be submitted on-line.
Harvard students, postdocs, and faculty attend free; but registration is required. Outside of Harvard: Student $50, Faculty $150, Corporate $300
Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:
http://www.necsi.net/education/harvard/
or contact: office@necsi.org


*MANAGING COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS, MAY 10-11, 2002

Managing Complex Organizations, May 10-11

This program is responding to the great interest in applying complex systems insights to the practice of managing organizations.

A limited number of academic scholarships are available. Contact Cherry at exec@necsi.org if you are interested.

Feel free to forward this announcement to friends and colleagues in the business and academic communities who may be interested. To be added to the mailing list for executive education programs please send a message to exec@necsi.org

MANAGING COMPLEX ORGANIZATIONS IN A COMPLEX WORLD:

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

Program designed for executives, managers and organizational consultants.

May 9-10, 2002
Cambridge, MA

Speakers:
JOHN STERMAN, MIT Sloan School of Management
PETER SENGE, Society for Organizational Learning and
MIT Sloan School of Management
ARY L. GOLDBERGER, Harvard Medical School
YANEER BAR-YAM, NECSI and Harvard University

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 DAY COURSE - HARVARD UNIVERSITY, APRIL 30, 2002

One-Day Course: Introduction to Complex Systems
Tuesday, April 30, 2001
Harvard University

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 physical, biological, social and engineered systems will be discussed.

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


*INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPLEX SYSTEMS UPDATE

The updated program of the ICCS conference will be available shortly (in a week or so).

In the meantime, please note that application for financial aid to attend the conference for students, postdocs and junior faculty is still possible. Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please also notify us of positions that are available so that information can be posted at the conference.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to iccs@necsi.org


*POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Two PostDoctoral Positions Immediately Available:

1) Nanotechnology: Self-assembly of protein-based nanoarrays. Location: Boston

A postdoctoral position is immediately available for a scientist with experience in protein design, cloning, expression and purification. Also relevant are experience with bacteriophage; modeling and graphical visualization of protein structure; peptide display; or biophysics. Interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by NSF and NIH grants. We are now collaborating with: two NMR people (Harvard and Goethe U. in Frankfurt) in high resolution structure; a theoretician (MIT) in leucine zippers; two physicists (Tufts) in magnetics and in polymer physics; a materials scientist (Tufts) in imaging and self-assembly; and a physical chemist (BBRI near Boston) in analytical ultracentrifugation. The successful candidate(s) will participate in these collaborations.

Please send your CV to: eddie.goldberg@tufts.edu
Professor Edward Goldberg Tufts University School of Medicine
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
136 Harrison Ave., Boston MA 02111

2) Infectious Disease / Immune System Modeling
Location: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group

The successful candidate will join a group headed by Alan Perelson that typically consists of 1-2 graduate students and 2-3 postdocs. The group interacts with 3-4 other senior staff interested in infectious disease and immune system modeling and collaborates extensively with experimentalists in the development of models relevant to cutting edge HIV, hepatitis and influenza research. Summer students and visiting faculty are frequently part of the group. Familiarity with differential equations, computer simulations, and statistics is needed. Knowledge of immunology and virology would also be desirable.

Send a current cv, copies of undergraduate and graduate grade transcripts and 3 or more letters of reference to
Alan S. Perelson, Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group,
MS-K710, T-10, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
87545. email: asp@receptor.lanl.gov, FAX: 505-665-3493,
Telephone: 505-667-6829.

 

 

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