SPECIAL ONE-DAY COURSE

INTRODUCTION TO THE DYNAMICS OF

COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam
President, New England Complex Systems Institute
http://necsi.net/

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Aderhold Hall G-5, University of Georgia
9:00AM - 4:30 PM January 27 (Tuesday)

Artificial Intelligence Center
Center for Simulational Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Instructional Technology
Department of Physics
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Learning and Performance Support Laboratory

It is now widely held that the theory of complexity and the dynamics of complex systems may be founded on universal principles that describe disparate problems ranging from physics to economics. In this course we will introduce questions and methods of study that apply to diverse complex systems. Relevant mathematical models will be introduced at a generally accessible level with emphasis being placed on fundamental concepts that unify the study of complex systems. The course consists of six hours of lecture and discussion.

Appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty.

• Examples, questions, methods and concepts
• Interacting agents and Cellular Automata models
• Pattern formation in physical, biological and social systems
• Neural networks and pattern recognition
• Quantitative complexity and evolutionary change
• Human civilization as a complex system