New England Complex Systems Institute

NECSI Course offering -- One day seminar 

INTRODUCTION TO THE

DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS  

Abstract:  
    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.

Format:  
    The course consists of six hours of lecture and discussion.

Level:  
    Appropriate for undergraduates, graduates and faculty 

Outline: 
   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 

Textbook:  
    Dynamics of Complex Systems  by Yaneer Bar-Yam