SFI’s REU program provides an opportunity for young scientists from many disciplines to explore what a social science perspective brings to other fields and how traditionally quantitative disciplines can contribute to the social sciences. Each REU participant works with one or more SFI faculty mentors on a specific, mutually selected projects focusing on the computational properties of complex systems with particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the social sciences.
The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive four week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences and social sciences. The school is for participants who seek background and hands-on experience to help them prepare to conduct interdisciplinary research in areas related to complex systems.
The program consists of an intensive series of lectures, laboratories, and discussion sessions focusing on foundational ideas, tools, and current topics in complex systems research. These include nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, scaling theory, information theory and computation theory, adaptation and evolution, network structure and dynamics, adaptive computation techniques, computer modeling tools and specific applications of these core topics to various disciplines. In addition, participants will formulate and carry out team projects related to topics covered in the program.
Elhanan Borenstein (University of Washington; SFI External Professor)
The Santa Fe Institute is pleased to announce the 18th annual Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity. The workshop will bring together a group of advanced graduate students and a small faculty for an intensive two week study of computational social science modeling and complexity. The workshop will consist of lectures by faculty, special topic seminars by members of the Santa Fe Institute, and presentations of work in progress by graduate student participants. The primary goal of the summer workshop is to assist graduate students pursuing research agendas which includes a computational modeling component. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to analyzing and improving research being conducted by the graduate student participants.
Helmut Katzgraber (Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University)
Dan Hruschka, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Arizona State University; author Friendship: Development, Ecology and Evolution of a Relationship, SFI Omidyar Fellow Alumnus.
Sponsored in memory of Kate Klein, from the Kate Klein Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation
Didier Sornette (ETH Zurich)
Luis Bettencourt (Santa Fe Institute) and Jose Lobo (Arizona State University)
Arthur D. Lander (Center for Complex Biological Systems, and Departments of Developmental & Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine; SFI Science Board)
Charles Efferson (University of Zurich)
Sylvie Thoron (Paris XII)
Joe Halpern (Cornell University) and Willemien Kets (Northwestern)
Rajiv Sethi (Columbia University)
Marc Lipsitch (Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University; SFI External Professor)
Alan Kirman (Université d'Aix Marseille lll)
Marie LaLanne and Paul Seabright (Toulouse University)
Rob J. De Boer (Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University; SFI External Professor)
Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author, Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer; and former SFI External Professor.
Sponsored by the Peters Family Foundation
Kyle Pate, Southern Oregon University
Panelists include Lord Colin Renfrew, Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith, Nobel laureate Professor Murray Gell-Mann, Professor Melanie Mitchell, and Professor David Krakauer (moderator)
This event is generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation.
Madeleine Daepp, Washington University in St. Louis
SFI / NMC Program on Combining Information Theory and Game Theory
Organizers: David Wolpert (SFI External Faculty), Simon DeDeo (SFI Omidyar Fellow), Nils Bertschinger (Max Planck), Eckehard Olbrich (Max Planck), Eric Smith (SFI External Faculty), Luis Bettencourt (SFI)
How a single agent (human, firm, animal, etc.) behaves typically depends on what information it has about its environment, and on its preferences. Accordingly, the joint behavior of multiple interacting agents can depend strongly on the information available to the separate agents, both about one another, and about external random variables. Precisely how the joint behavior depends on the information available to the agents is determined by the preferences of those agents. So in general there is a strong interplay among the preferences of all the agents, their behavior, and the information structure connecting them.
One tool that might help us understand this interplay is Shannon information theory. In Shannon information theory, information is a function of a distribution. Increasing the amount of information in a distribution means making that distribution more tightly concentrated. This definition applies not only if the support of the distribution shrinks or expands, but also if it moves.
Another tool that might help us understand the interplay is game theory. In contrast to Shannon information theory, game theory does not quantify information in terms of properties of probability distributions. Rather the information available to a player is quantified as an "information set," specifying a set of states the world might be in. The amount of information available to a player increases if such an information set shrinks. In contrast to the case with Shannon information theory, the change in information for moving an information set is undefined.
There are other differences between information theory and game theory. For example, whereas the foundations of Shannon information theory concern a single player (the designer of a communication network), the foundations of game theory concern multiple players.
Reconciling the different perspectives on information in Shannon information theory and game theory could have many benefits. Most directly, it may help us understand the interplay among the preferences of a set of interacting players, their behavior, and the information structure connecting them. As potential examples, it might help us address issues like the following:
1. How do information theoretic quantifications of the joint behavior of a set of interacting players (e.g., mutual information between actions of pairs of them) vary with changes to the preferences of those players?
2. Can relating the philosophical foundations of the two fields improve them? For example, as Shannon himself emphasized, Shannon information is purely "syntactic," quantifying the amount of information in a distribution purely by how concentrated it is. Can the utility functions of game theory—which depend not just on how concentrated a distribution is, but also on where it is concentrated—be used to define a "semantic" variant of Shannon information?
3. Can relating the mathematical formalisms of the two fields improve them? For example, are there analogs of the powerful theorems of information theory for game-theoretic quantities, e.g., game theoretic versions of results concerning rate distortion tradeoffs, the data processing inequality, etc.?
More generally, greater understanding of the relation between information theory and game theory may generate breakthroughs in many disciplines, including economics, political science, cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence.
Full web page here.
Dr. Mathew Burrows, Counselor and Director, Analysis and Production Staff, National Intelligence Council
Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Chris Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Starostin (Center for Comparative Linguistics, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
Emanuel Derman (Columbia University)
Herbert Maschner (Anthropology Research Professor; Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History; Director, Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy)
Stephan Mertens (Theoretical Physics, Otto-von-Guericke University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute)
Scott Ortman, Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute; Lightfoot Fellow, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Nicolas Perony (ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design)
This two-and-a-half day course is an intensive tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of effort that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. This course, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, is specifically designed for professionals, faculty, students and others who are curious to explore and apply this new transdisciplinary scientific approach. This course has no prerequisites and requires no specific math or science background.
More information about the course can be found on our
Graham Sack (Columbia University)
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will kick off a lecture series, Chaos to Complexity: Artists & Scientists Share Insights Into the Creative Process
4:00 PM — Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe)
The series explores the creative process in art and science.
Robert May, Baron May of Oxford; Professor, Zoology, Oxford University and Imperial College; former president of Britain's Royal Society, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government
Aram Harrow (University of Washington)
Chen Hou (Department of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology)
Eric Friedman (International Computer Science Institute and Computer Science, UC Berkeley)
Peter Loxley (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Pierre Cartier (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)
Henry Wright (Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology; Science Board, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute)
Nikhil Kaza (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Rob Wilson (Project Director, Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada; Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta)
Bret Beheim (University of New Mexico)
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. (Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) and Kathryn Bowers (University of California, Los Angeles)
Charles Stanish (Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA)
George Gumerman (School for Advanced Research and SFI, External Professor)
Peter N. Peregrine (Professor of Anthropology, Lawrence University and External Professor, Santa Fe Institute)
Murray Gell-Mann (Distinguished Fellow, Santa Fe Institute)
Paul Falkowski (Depts. of Geological Sciences & Marine & Coastal Science, Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University)
Eckehard Olbrich (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences)
Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
James Hansen (Columbia University Earth Institute)
Veit Elser (Cornell University)
Leysia Palen (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Amos Golan (Department of Economics, American University)
Greer Garson Theater, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe (NOTE: Change in Venue)
Palen is an associate professor of computer science and director of Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information during Crisis) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Peter F. Stadler (University of Leipzig; SFI External Professor)
Kevin Knuth (University at Albany - SUNY)
Aaron Clauset (University of Colorado, Boulder; SFI External Professor)
Barry Wellman (University of Toronto)
Eric Mjolsness (University of California, Irvine)
Clare Yu (University of California, Irvine)
Sarah "Sally" Otto (Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia)
New Perspectives in Evolution
Santa Fe, NM
This annual SFI Science Board meeting will focus on building a vision for future SFI research directions. The topic this year focuses on new quantitative, biological, and cultural perspectives on evolution.
Participation is by invitation only.
Alison Gopnik (University of California, Berkeley)
Mimi Koehl (University of California, Berkeley; SFI Science Board)
Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley and author of several books on child learning, including The Scientist in the Crib and The Philosophical Baby.
Thomas M. (Zack) Powell (University of California, Berkeley)
An intensive business applications-oriented introduction to agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMS) based on Michael North and Charles Macal’s book Managing Business Complexity: Discovering Strategic Solutions with Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation (Oxford 2007). The first half of the course will focus on ABMS concepts from the perspective of company managers and analysts. The second half of the course will focus on ABMS implementation from the perspective of company software developers and will include extensive hands-on exercises. Participants are invited to attend the first session, the second session, or both depending on their interests. Business Network Members are invited to attend the course at a reduced rate.
Held on May 20-24, 2013 at Argonne, IL. Co-organized by SFI Business Network and Argonne National Laboratory.
For more info and registration please visit the ABMS Course Page
Bernat Corominas-Murta (Medical University of Vienna)
Sidney Redner (Department of Physics, Boston University)
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (UCLA)
David Eagleman (Baylor College of Medicine)
Michael Lachmann (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Tullis Onstott (Princeton University)
Christophe G. Lambert (Golden Helix Inc.)
David Wolpert (Los Alamos National Laboratory; SFI External Professor)
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts , 108 Cathedral Place
SFI Professor Luís M.A. Bettencourt and Cherokee artist Kade L. Twist explore the creative process in art and science.
Co-hosted by HomeAway, Inc.
Held at 1110 W 5th Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX
Daniel Pauly (The University of British Columbia)
Sara Del Valle (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
In view of the epochal changes in the US healthcare system already underway as a result of the Affordable Care Act, this Topical Meeting is a roll-up-your-sleeves working group to address the questions: What kind(s) of model(s) of the US healthcare system do business, government, the consumer, and the healthcare system itself want and need? What are the desired level (or levels) of granularity for particular stakeholders and particular needs? Are there the interest, capability, and support among SFI Business Network members and their collaborators to embark upon one or more such modeling efforts? The keynote speaker will be noted healthcare expert Stephen Hyde, author of "Cured! The Insider's Handbook for Health Care Reform". Stephen has been a public company CEO and board member of numerous health care companies, as well as a federal managed care regulator, insurance expert, medical group CEO, actuary, consultant, and entrepreneur.
Ingela Alger (Toulouse School of Economics)
Paul Seabright (Toulouse School of Economics)
Simon DeDeo (Santa Fe Institute)
Astrid Hopfensitz (Toulouse School of Economics)
Jörgen Weibull (Stockholm School of Economics)
Anne Kandler (SFI and University of College London)
Matthew Jackson (Stanford University)
Paul Hooper (Santa Fe Institute)
Emily Breza (Columbia University)
Glenn Loury (Brown University)
Seung-Yun Oh (Korea Insurance Research Institute)
Alan Kirman (GREQAM, Marseille)
Piet Van Mieghem (Professor, Delft University of Technology; Chair, Network Architectures and Services (NAS))
Michael Crow (President, Arizona State University)
Lou Jost (EcoMinga Foundation)
Bubbles and Crashes in a Heterogeneous-Agent
Avoiding collapse: detecting signals for critical transitions in agent-based ecological models
John Pepper (National Cancer Institute; SFI External Professor)
Linking pattern and process in cultural evolution
A Variational Bayes approach to Robust Principal Component Analysis.
Marc Kirschner (Harvard University)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Final Presentation Galen Harrison, Reed College
Venue: Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Summary: Technological change is a key component of economic growth. However, economists' treatment of this is typically at an aggregate level, in which technology is represented merely as a single number called the "total factor productivity". This workshop will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to make first steps toward constructing a theory of technological change. The discussions will focus on understanding ecosystems of interacting technologies and the factors that cause them to evolve through time. Please join this foremost group of experts, economists, biologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, engineers, archaeologists, and anthropologists for a one-day event in Santa Fe.
The workshop is supported by the Santa Fe Institute, the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Ben Machta (Princeton University)
Michael Hochberg (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Montpellier; SFI External Professor)
Stephen J. Smith (Stanford University)
Albert Goldbeter (University of Brussels)
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown, Austin, TX
Program Coordinator: Melanie Mitchell, Professor, Computer Science, Portland State University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute; author of Complexity: A Guided Tour, winner of Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2010 Book Award in Science.
Summary: This two-and-a-half day introductory course focuses on the science of networks: a new field that studies common principles of complex networks across disciplines. Social and economic networks, food webs, the World Wide Web, and the power grid are examples of the kinds of systems that network science seeks to understand. In this course, taught by prominent Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates, you will learn the basic concepts and tools of this new science, and see several case studies of their application in diverse areas. You will also have the opportunity for discussion with the faculty and other participants about applications within your own areas of interest. You will come away with an understanding and appreciation of the importance of network science for biology, ecology, economics, business, human health, social life, and other pursuits.
Additional information about the course, a detailed schedule, and logistics can be found on our wiki.
We are pleased to offer five Business Network Member tuitions at a 50% discount off the current $1,200 fee. Network members will be responsible for their own meals and housing. Additional slots may be available at regular tuition cost. The five reduced-tuition slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis by return email to Casey Cox.
held at The MITRE Corporation, McLean VA
Venue: Towers Watson, London, UK
Co-hosted by Towers Watson
Summary: Business enterprises in general, and the modern corporation in particular, have become increasingly important elements in modern life and society. This topical meeting will address the historical origins of the modern corporation, the evolutionary nature of the firm, the impact of increasing globalization, the life cycle of the modern corporation, the implications of the "corporations are persons" doctrine in US law, and the relationship between corporations and other major social institutions such as cities.
Nihat Ay (Max Planck Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Science; SFI External Professor)
Andreas Wagner (University of Zürich; SFI External Professor)
Guido Montúfar (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences)
William Wimsatt (University of Chicago and University of Minnesota)
Venue: The Bishop's Lodge, Santa Fe, NM
Summary: One can hardly read a newspaper, listen to a news broadcast, or open a web page without encountering the words "Big Data", often in gushing terms, and often accompanied by extreme claims. This symposium will explore the promise and the limitations of "Big Data" in science, technology, business, politics, and government. In particular, we will examine the importance of big data in light of the questions being asked and the theoretical context in which big data are analyzed and interpreted.
Please contact Casey Cox for more information or to receive a link to register.
Presented by SFI Professor Cris Moore and Santa Fe Symphony concertmaster David Felberg, "The Majesty of Music and Mathematics" will explore the remarkable interweavings of the languages of music and mathematics.
Luis F. Seoane (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Michael E. Palmer (Stanford University)
Sandra Blakeslee (Science Writer, New York Times)
Mark Changizi (2AI Labs)
Helmut G. Katzgraber (Texas A&M University)
Andy Wedel (University of Arizona)
Thomas Lovejoy (Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, and University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University)
Leto Peel (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Dan-Avi Landau (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute)
Ross A. Hammond (Brookings Institution)
Geoffrey West (Distinguished Professor and Past President, Santa Fe Institute); Mark Levinson (Director, Particle Fever)
Ross Hammond is a senior fellow and director at the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Kazuo Nishimura (Kyoto University; SFI External Professor)
W. Bruce Masse (Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Kunihiko Kaneko (The University of Tokyo)
Dave Phillips (University of New Mexico)
Julie Rehmeyer (SFI Journalism Fellow)
Henry Wright (University of Michigan and SFI External Professor)
Peter F. Arndt (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics)
This annual Science Board Symposium will focus on the nature of the links
between fundamental and applied complexity research, pairing theoretical
approaches with real-world applications in three areas: networks,
ecology, and cities and scaling.
Participation is by invitation only.
Tiago Peixoto (University of Bremen)
Philip Holmes (Princeton University)
Daniel Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. Dennett is often referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of the New Atheism,” along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.
Luis Bettencourt, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Seth Lloyd is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and External Professor, Santa Fe Institute.
Steven Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University and the author of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Sync, The Calculus of Friendship and The Joy of x.
Jeremy Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute
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