NECSI Educational Programs




One-Day Course:

Introduction to Complex Systems


Date: Sunday, October 6, 2002
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Room to be announced.

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology


Course Description

A one day course, Introduction to Complex Systems, will be offered on Sunday, October 6, 2002. 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.


The location of the program will be at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.


MIT students, faculty, and community attend free.
Registration required. Space is limited.

Outside of MIT:

  • Student $50
  • Faculty $150
  • Corporate $350


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, system, observer, environment.
  2. Interactions and Patterns: Patterns of collective 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: 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.

MIT Community:

Click here if you are an MIT student, faculty, or community member.   Registration is necessary, attendance is free.

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