Industry Executives Urge Bush To Accept Mandatory Action Against Climate Change, AP/Intl Herald Tribune
Excerpts: "We can and must take prompt action to establish a coordinated, economy-wide market-driven approach to climate protection," the executives, part of a grouping called the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, said in a letter to the president.
The executives, representing major utilities, aluminum and chemical companies and financial institutions, said "the cornerstone" of climate policy should be an economy-wide emissions cap-and-trade system.
Members of the group include chief executives of Alcoa Inc., BP America Inc., DuPont Co., Caterpillar Inc., General Electric Co., and Duke Energy Corp.
Bush Expected to Make Call for Improved Fuel Economy, NY Times
Excerpts: One idea (...), is to do away with the existing system of fleet averages, as has already happened with light trucks, and set a standard for each vehicle, based on its "footprint" or distance between the wheels. (...)
Raising the number from the current 27.5 miles per gallon would cause hundreds more highway deaths each year because automakers would meet the goal by moving to smaller cars, the administration argues. (...) system puts an undue burden on companies that specialize in large cars - that is to say, American automakers.
Editor's Comment: All of these standards can be bypassed by changes in design such as stretching a car until its fuel consumption matches its footprint's standard. It seems to be much more reasonable approach to energy conservation by using a simple market approach: Cars who use more fuel (or drivers who operate the vehicle at speeds with high gas consumption - as I experienced on he Autobahn in Germany, the consumption rate can easily double at speeds over 120mph) simply pay more for the CO2 emissions through higher gas taxes.
Can Climate Change Explain Odd Weather?, NPR TOTN
Excerpts: From a deep freeze in California to ice storms and frigid temperatures across much of the United States, winter is finally here. Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, talks about extremes in recent weather.
Your PCs Forecast Climate Future, BBC News
Each downloaded a software pack from climateprediction.net which ran when their computer was otherwise idle, with results being fed back to the central server. Each simulation required about three months of computing time on an average PC. (...)
Initial results apply to UK only; global assessment to follow By 2020, Britain may be about 1.2C warmer than 1970s base By 2050, temperatures could be up 2.5C; and in 2080 by 4C Uncertainty ranges from low of 2C to high of 6C for 2080
The predictions are not exact; and the further from the present day you look, the greater variability there is, so that by 2080 the rise could be as low as 2C or as high as 6C.
Along with higher temperatures the model predicts greater variability in rainfall, with increased risks of floods and of long dry periods.
'Yahoo Research Uses Artificial Intelligence Everywhere', Financial Express
Excerpts: Q & A: RONALD J BRACHMAN, HEAD, WORLDWIDE RESEARCH OPERATIONS YAHOO! RESEARCH
Q: Why is there is so much talk on artificial intelligence (AI) globally? How does this system of learning help in developing intelligent systems?
A: Artificial intelligence is about understanding intelligent behaviour in machines and converting them to natural languages. We want to produce PCs that can perform natural language conversations. Moreover, it helps in planning ahead for the human activities in various applications. Indeed, it is not as simple as cracking a human genome as we don't understand intelligence as the human brain is so complex. But, we do have desires to build systems with AI, which is a futuristic vision. AI is a form of science having a potential for long-term aspirations like making computers more intelligent.
Enabling Europe to Innovate, Science
Excerpts: As activities that relate to innovation become increasingly global and open and so draw the private and public sectors into complex networks of partnerships, these activities also tend to concentrate where the ecosystem is most supportive. European public policy, which in recent years has emphasized the importance of research and development (R&D) in achieving competitive knowledge-based societies, is shifting toward approaches that address the broader qualities required of favorable ecosystems for innovation in a global economy, (...)
When Good Fences Make Bad Neighbors: Fixed Borders, State Weakness, And International Conflict, Int. Security
Excerpt: Since the end of World War II, the norm of fixed borders-the proscription against foreign conquest and annexation of homeland territory-has gained prevalence in world politics. Although the norm seeks to make the world a more peaceful place, it may instead cause it to become more conflict prone. Among sociopolitically weak states-states that lack legitimate and effective governmental institutions-fixed borders can actually increase instability and conflict. Adherence to the norm of fixed borders can lead to the perpetuation and exacerbation of weakness in states that are already weak or that have just gained independence. (...)
Could This Be The Final Chapter In The Life Of The Book, The Sunday Times
Excerpts: 'The majority of information, ¨ said Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe, "lies outside the internet.¨ Redmer was speaking last week at Unbound, an invitation-only conference at the New York Public Library (NYPL). For Unbound was another move in a strange, complex and frequently obscure war that is being fought over the digitisation of the great libraries of the world. The details of this war may seem baffling, but there is nothing baffling about what is at stake. Intellectual property - intangibles like ideas, knowledge and information - is, in the globalised world, the most valuable of all assets.
Excerpts: In Second Life, residents themselves have constructed most of what exists there. Second Life residents also earn local currency, called Linden dollars, by developing their real estate or selling goods and services, including sexual chitchat (the software, so far, doesn't envision physical contact). Residents buy the currency using real credit cards and can cash them in using an official exchange rate¡Xcurrently about $270 Linden to an RL, or real life, dollar.
Virtual Reality Spreading In Business World, CNN
Excerpts: The pillars glide by as you float through the courtyard of an ancient palace. Moments later, the world turns blue as you slip along the ocean floor and poke through the Earth's crust in search of oil.
The journeys take place in Room 278 at the Joshi Research Center, a data-crunching, virtual-reality hub where visitors are immersed in a dizzying array of computer-generated 3-D images.
Long a darling of the military, aviation and video-game industries, virtual reality is being embraced by more businesses as the falling cost of computer power makes it more affordable.
Neural Bottleneck Found That Thwarts Multi-tasking, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: Many people think they can safely drive while talking on their cell phones. (...) have found that when it comes to handling two things at once, your brain, while fast, isn't that fast. "Why is it that with our incredibly complex and sophisticated brain, with 100 billion neurons processing information at rates of up to a thousand times a second, we still have such a crippling inability to do two tasks at once?" (...) Researchers have long thought that a central "bottleneck" exists in the brain (...) are the first to identify the regions of the brain responsible for this bottleneck, (...).
A New Language Barrier: Why Learning A New Language May Make You Forget Your Old One, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: Traveling abroad presents an ideal opportunity to master a foreign language. While the immersion process facilitates communication in a diverse world, people are often surprised to find they have difficulty returning to their native language. This phenomenon is referred to as first-language attrition (...). (...) discovered that people do not forget their native language simply because of less use, but that such forgetfulness reflects active inhibition of native language words that distract us while we are speaking the new language. Therefore, this forgetfulness may actually be an adaptive strategy to better learn a second language. (...)
Neurobiology: A Surprising Connection Between Memory And Imagination, Science
Excerpts: Maguire's team asked each subject to imagine and describe several ordinary experiences, such as meeting a friend or visiting a beach, a pub, or a market. The healthy subjects provided rich descriptions, remarking for example on the curve of a beach, the sound of waves hitting the shore, (...). The amnesic patients were able to follow the researchers' instructions, but their descriptions were far less vivid. (...) The patients' responses on a questionnaire indicated that what they saw in their mind's eye were fragmented collections of images rather than coherent scenes.
Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought, Science
Excerpts: When the human brain is not engaged by outside stimulation, an active network of cortical areas apparently subserves mind-wandering.
Despite evidence pointing to a ubiquitous tendency of human minds to wander, little is known about the neural operations that support this core component of human cognition. Using both thought sampling and brain imaging, the current investigation demonstrated that mind-wandering is associated with activity in a default network of cortical regions that are active when the brain is "at rest." In addition, individuals' reports of the tendency of their minds to wander were correlated with activity in this network.
Neural 'Extension Cord' Developed For Brain Implants, New Scientist
Excerpts: A "data cable" made from stretched nerve cells could someday help connect computers to the human nervous system. The modified cells should form better connections with human tissue than the metal electrodes currently used for purposes such as remotely controlling prosthetics (...).
A group of neurons is cultured on top of an array of 96 electrodes covered with a protein coating that causes them to attach. When placed 100 microns (about the width of a human hair) from another patch of neurons on a separate plate, the cells grow towards them, eventually joining neuron clumps together.
Excerpts: Rodolfo Llinas tells the story of how he has developed bundles of nanowires thinner than spider webs that can be inserted into the blood vessels of human brains.
While these wires have so far only been tested in animals, they prove that direct communication with the deep recesses of the brain may not be so far off. To understand just how big of a breakthrough this is - US agents from the National Security Agency quickly showed up at the MIT laboratory when the wires were being developed.
'Altruistic' Brain Region Found, BBC News
Scientists say they have found the part of the brain that predicts whether a person will be selfish or an altruist.
The brain area was more active among the altruistic group
Altruism - the tendency to help others without obvious benefit to oneself - appears to be linked to an area called the posterior superior temporal sulcus. Using brain scans, the US investigators found this region related to a person's real-life unselfish behaviour. (...)
The participants were asked to disclose how often they engaged in different helping behaviours, such as doing charity work, and were also asked to play a computer game designed to measure altruism.
Studies Yield Insight Into The Numerical Brain, ScienceDaily
Excerpt: (...) shed significant light on how the brain processes numerical information--both abstract quantities and their concrete representations as symbols. The researches said their findings will contribute to understanding how the brain processes quantitative information as well as lead to studies of how numerical representation in the brain develops in children. Such studies could aid in rehabilitating people who suffer from dyscalculia--an inability to understand, remember, and manipulate numbers. The researchers also said their findings offer insight into the mystery of how the brain learns to associate abstract symbols precisely with quantities. (...)
Quantum Biology -- Powerful Computer Models Reveal Key Biological Mechanism, Innovations-report
Excerpts: Using powerful computers to model the intricate dance of atoms and molecules, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have revealed the mechanism behind an important biological reaction. (...) the team is working to harness the reaction to develop a "nanoswitch" for a variety of applications, from targeted drug delivery to genomics and proteomics to sensors. The research is part of a burgeoning discipline called "quantum biology," which taps the skyrocketing power of today's high-performance computers to precisely model complex biological processes. The secret is quantum mechanics -- the much-touted theory from physics that explains the inherent "weirdness" of the atomic realm. (...)
Weighing In On City Planning - Could Smart Urban Design Keep People Fit And Trim?, Science News
As scientists investigate the relationship between sprawl and obesity, a compact style of city development sometimes called smart growth might become a tool in the fight for the nation's health. (...)
TIGHT FIT. Densely built urban areas such as Vancouver's downtown may encourage pedestrian traffic and promote physical activity. In contrast, cities of low density, where people depend on cars to get to stores and other facilities, seem to favor obesity. Corbis
In September 2003, two major studies linked sprawl and obesity. Since those reports, researchers in fields as disparate as epidemiology and economics have generated a spate of similarly themed studies.(...)
(...) residents of "high-walkability" neighborhoods, which have closely packed residences and a mix of housing and businesses, tended to walk more and were less likely to be obese than residents of low-walkability neighborhoods.
Nonequilibrium Mechanics of Active Cytoskeletal Networks, Science
Excerpts: When the motor protein myosin is added to a gel-like network of cross-linked actin filaments similar to that in cells, the network stiffness increases nearly 100-fold and can then be modified by ATP.
Cells both actively generate and sensitively react to forces through their mechanical framework, the cytoskeleton, which is a nonequilibrium composite material including polymers and motor proteins. We measured the dynamics and mechanical properties of a simple three-component model system consisting of myosin II, actin filaments, and cross-linkers.
Golden Eggs: Engineered Hens Lay Drugs, Science News
Excerpts: Scottish scientists have genetically engineered hens that can not only produce useful drugs in their eggs but also reliably pass on this characteristic to new generations of chickens. Successfully combining these two traits represents a first for researchers aiming to transform animals into living drug factories, the scientists say.
Certain proteins can counteract a variety of medical conditions, from anemia to diabetes to cancer. While some of these protein drugs are relatively simple to make in the lab, others are difficult, time-consuming, or expensive to produce.
In Live Bacteria, Food Makers See a Bonanza, NY Times
Excerpts: The fastest way to consumers' hearts may be through their troubled stomachs.
In the year since the Dannon Company introduced Activia, a line of yogurt with special live bacteria that are marketed as aiding regularity, sales in United States stores have soared well past the $100 million mark, a milestone that only a small percentage of new foods reaches each year.
Now other food makers, eyeing Activia's success, are scrambling to offer their own products with special live microbes that offer health benefits, known as probiotics.
Bat Echolocation Calls: Adaptation And Convergent Evolution, Proc. Biol. Sc.
Excerpts: Bat echolocation calls provide remarkable examples of 'good design' through evolution by natural selection. Theory developed from acoustics and sonar engineering permits a strong predictive basis for understanding echolocation performance. Call features, such as frequency, bandwidth, duration and pulse interval are all related to ecological niche. Recent technological breakthroughs have aided our understanding of adaptive aspects of call design in free-living bats. (...) These methods show that echolocation calls are among the most intense airborne vocalizations produced by animals. Acoustic tracking has clarified how and why bats vary call structure in relation to flight speed. (...)
Statistics: Conviction By Numbers, Nature
Excerpts: Statistics have the power to trip everyone up - including judges and juries. Even when extra care is taken to get the numbers right in court, confusion often reigns. Mark Buchanan reports. (...)
The court needs to weigh up two different explanations: murder or coincidence. The argument that the deaths were unlikely to have occurred by chance (whether 1 in 48 or 1 in 342 million) is not that meaningful on its own - for instance, the probability that ten murders would occur in the same hospital might be even more unlikely. What matters is the relative likelihood of the two explanations. However, the court was given an estimate for only the first scenario.
Going Under Down Under: Early People At Fault In Australian Extinctions, Science News
Excerpts: A lengthy, newly compiled fossil record of Australian mammals bolsters the notion that humanity's arrival on the island continent led to the extinction of many large creatures there.
Archaeological evidence suggests that people arrived in northern and western Australia about 50,000 years ago (...). By 5,000 years later, about 90 percent of the continent's mammals larger than a house cat had gone extinct, says Gavin J. Prideaux, a paleontologist at the Western Australian Museum in Perth.
Ecology: Managing Farming's Footprint on Biodiversity, Science
Excerpts: Managers of both agricultural resources and conservation areas increasingly need to know how environmental change will affect population size. However, the biological mechanisms that link changing environment to changing population size, through changes in an organism's life history and demographic rates, are often highly complex. Gathering sufficient data to build a detailed model to predict a species' response to environmental change is far from trivial, and we may not have the luxury of spending years collecting biological information or of simply mitigating the change by creating nature reserves.
Flying Dinos Had Bi-Plane Design, BBC News
A fresh analysis of an early feathered fossil dinosaur suggests that it dropped its hind legs below its body, adopting a bi-plane-like form. (...)
The similarities may reflect a common solution to the same problem (Image: Jeff Martz)
Aerodynamically, the narrow leading edge of these feathers should face forward in flight, against the direction of airflow. This would have given the flying reptiles lift.
In the tandem pattern, these would have faced sideways. (...)
A computer flight simulation using this design showed that Microraptor would undulate up and down, an ideal approach for gliding between trees.
Biomechanics: Crab's Downfall Reveals a Hole in Biomechanics Studies, Science
Excerpts: When it comes to running on sand, the ghost crab is an Olympic champion. With legs that are a blur to the naked eye, Ocypode quadrata scoots up to 2 meters per second on hard-packed sand. But soften up the sand a bit, and the gold medal instead goes to the zebra-tailed lizard, an animal that spends little time on the grainy material. This surprising observation, reported earlier this month here at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, comes courtesy of physicist Daniel Goldman of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Neuroscience: A Push-Me Pull-You Neural Design, Science
Excerpts: Berg et al. show that the input onto turtle motor neurons during the scratching reflex is oscillatory (from an input neural network that is a central pattern generator for scratching), with excitation being somewhat stronger than inhibition. In this mode, the target spinal motor neurons produce bursts of impulses (spikes) in phase with the synchronous excitatory and inhibitory bursts. At first glance, there would be no practical merit to having nearly equal input from excitatory and inhibitory inputs.
Balanced Inhibition and Excitation Drive Spike Activity in Spinal Half-Centers, Science
Excerpts: Many limb movements are composed of alternating flexions and extensions. However, the underlying spinal network mechanisms remain poorly defined. Here, we show that the intensity of synaptic excitation and inhibition in limb motoneurons varies in phase rather than out of phase during rhythmic scratchlike network activity in the turtle. Inhibition and excitation peak with the total neuron conductance during the depolarizing waves of scratch episodes. Furthermore, spike activity is driven by depolarizing synaptic transients rather than pacemaker properties.
White Beetle Dazzles Scientists, BBC News
The finger-tip sized Cyphochilus beetle, found in south-east Asia, had a shell whiter than most other materials found in nature, UK researchers said. (...)
The beetles are covered in ultra-thin scales, which scatter all visible wavelengths of light, giving them their brilliant whiteness.
The researchers found the beetle's shell was covered with ultra-thin scales, measuring just five microns (five millionths of a metre), with highly random internal 3D structures.
This irregular structure, explained Dr Vukusic, was the cause of the beetle's whiteness.
While colour, he explained, could be created through highly ordered structures, whiteness is achieved through very random features that scatter all colours simultaneously.
Putting the Brakes on Light Speed - Researchers Slow Waves While Maintaining Their Ability to Carry Information, Washington Post
Excerpts: The cesium-induced delays were brief, on the order of a few billionths of a second each. Looked at differently, each instance amounted to a two-foot long beam of light being compressed to less than four inches.
But that seemingly small degree of braking is nothing less than a means of storing, or "buffering" waves of light. Moreover, the system is tunable. With the turn of a knob the temperature in the chamber can be changed, which alters how much the incoming light is slowed and stored.
Cosmology: The Universe's Skeleton Sketched, Nature
Excerpts: The deepest and clearest maps yet of the Universe's skeleton of dark-matter structure present a picture broadly in concord with favoured models - although puzzling discrepancies remain.(...)
Massey and colleagues' three-dimensional map can be studied on its own merits (...), or can be compared with observations of the bright matter through visible light and X-rays. The dark-matter distribution shows modest evidence for a connected, filamentary distribution - exactly the kind of skeleton predicted by concordance cosmology for stars and galaxies to assemble around.
Complex Challenges: Global Terrorist Networks
Turning Fiction Into Reality, The News
Excerpts: Cultures are not monolithic as Huntington asserts, they are diverse, multi-faceted and, more often that not, unidentifiable. In the same way, the so-called global terror network in which every thing from Hezbollah to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is conveniently lumped, is more likely different movements operating in different regions.
Both ideas go hand-in-hand, however, because terrorism is examined through the lens of Huntington's oversimplified description of culture. When politics are defined and shaped through an idea such as the 'clash of civilisations', actual events are also understood through this framework.
Links & Snippets
- Counterintuitive Toxicity , 07/01/20, Science News. Toxicologists risk missing important health effects, both good and bad, if they don't begin regularly probing the impacts of very low doses of poisons.
- BBC Gears Up For Social Networking: Piggybacking On Its Big Name Brands To Hook Users, M. Chapman, 2007/01/12, vnunet.com
- Why Are Lions Not As Big As Elephants?, 2007/01/16, Innovations-report
- Ghost Authorship Of Industry Funded Drug Trials Is Common, 2007/01/16, Innovations-report
- 'Nasty Neighbours' Rather Than 'Dear Enemies' In A Social Carnivore, C. A. Müller, M. B. Manser, 2007/01/16, Proceedings: Biological Sciences, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.0222
- Stress Hormones And Sociality: Integrating Social And Environmental Stressors, D. R. Rubenstein, 2007/01/16, Proceedings: Biological Sciences, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.0051
- Researchers Discover Genetic Cause For Word-Finding Disease, 2007/01/18, Innovations-report
- Winning A Nobel Prize Adds Nearly 2 Years To Your Lifespan, New Research Says, 2007/01/18, ScienceDaily & University of Warwick
- A Fractal Approximation To Periodicity, M. A. Navascués, M. A. Navascuésm., A. Navascués - manavasunizar.es, Dec. 2006, Fractals, DOI: 10.1142/S0218348X06003283
- Analysis Of Rainfall Records In India: Self-Organized Criticality And Scaling, A. Sarkar, P. Barat - pbaratveccal.ernet.in, Dec. 2006, Fractals, DOI: 10.1142/S0218348X06003283
- Sensitivity Analysis Of Transient Population Dynamics, H. Caswell - hcaswellwhoi.edu, Jan. 2007, online 2006/12/14, Ecology Letters, DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.01001.x
- World Economic Forum , Davos, Switzerland, 07/01/24-28
TED Talks, TED Conferences LLC , since 2006
Talking Robots: The PodCast on Robotics and AI, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 06/11/03
Potentials of Complexity Science for Business, Governments, and the Media 2006, Budapest, Hungary, 06/08/03-05
- 6th Intl Conf on Complex Systems (ICCS), Boston, MA, 06/06/25-30
Artificial Life X,
10th Intl Conf on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, Bloomington, IN, USA. 2006/06/03-07
6th Understanding Complex Systems Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, Il, 06/05/15-18
Ralph Abraham on Complexity Digest, , Calcutta, India, 05/12/27
- An Afternoon with Michael Crichton, Washington, 05/11/06
Illuminating the Shadow of the Future, Ann Arbor, Mi 05/09/23-25
Open Network of Centres of Excellence in Complex Systems - Brainstorming Meeting, Paris, France 05/09/19-23
Complexity, Science & Society Conference 2005, U. Liverpool, UK 2005/09/11-14
ECAL 2005 - VIIIth European Conference on Artificial Life,
Canterbury, Kent, UK 2005/09/5-9
T. Irene Sanders, Executive Director and Founder, The Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy, 05/08/27, QuickTime video (10:38 min), Podcast
- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 2005 Conference, Virtual Conference Network, St. Pete's Beach, Florida, 05/06/09-11
- Understanding Complex Systems - Computational Complexity and Bioinformatics, Virtual Conference Network, Urbana-Champaign, Il, UIUC, 05/05/16-19
- Nonlinearity, Fluctuations, and Complexity, with a celebration of the 65th birthday of Gregoire Nicolis. , Complexity Session, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 05/03/16
1st European Conference on Complex Systems, Torino, Italy, 04/12/5-7
From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology: A Tribute to Francisco Varela (1946-2001), Paris, France, 2004/06/18-20
Evolutionary Epistemology, Language, and Culture, Brussels, Belgium, 04/05/26-28
International Conference on Complex Systems 2004, Boston, 04/05/16-21
Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: Lab Demonstrations, Strogatz, Steven H., Internet-First University Press, 1994
- CERN Webcast Service, Streamed videos of Archived Lectures and Live Events
- Dean LeBaron's Archive of Daily Video Commentary, Ongoing Since February 1998
- Edge Videos
Managing Complex Organizations in a Complex World, Cambridge, MA, 07/01/25-26
Intl Wkshp Complex Dynamics Of Physiological Systems: From Heart To Brain, Kolkata, India, 07/02/12-14
2007 Complexity and Educational Research Conference, Vancouver, BC, 07/02/18-20
Coordination Dynamics 2007: Coordination: Neural, Behavioral and Social Dynamics, Boca Raton, Florida, 07/02/22-25
2nd Transdisciplinary Workshop on the Complexity Approach
Complejidad Camagüey-2007, Camagüey, Cuba, 07/02/20-22
3rd International Workshop on Complexity and Philisophy, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 07/02/22-23
Unconventional Computation: Quo Vadis?, Santa Fe, NM, 07/03/20-23
Complex Social Systems Course
at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 07/03/20-28
NEXUS for Change, Bowling Green, Ohio, 07/03/22-23
Intl Conf on Morphological Computation, Venice, Italy, 07/03/26-28
American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) 2007 Conference,
Urbana IL, 07/03/29-04/01
4th Lake Arrowhead Conference on Human Complex Systems,
Lake Arrowhead, CA, 07/04/25-29
Intl Conf on Morphological Computation, Venice Italy, 07/03/26-28
Capturing Business Complexity with Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation
Useful, Usable, and Used Techniques - A Course on Business Applications, Argonne Natl Lab, Woodridge, IL, 07/04/16-20
- Complexity and Organizational Resilience
The Village, Pohnpei, Micronesia, 07/05
- 2nd Intl Conf on Built Environment Complexity - Embracing complexity thinking in built environments, Cape Town South Africa, 07/05/21-25
ECO 2007 Summit: Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st-Century Ecology, Beijing, China, 07/05/22-27
2007 IEEE/ICME Intl Conf on Complex Medical Engineering-CME2007, Beijing, China, 07/05/23-27
The 7th Intl Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems, Beijing, 07/05/27-30
2nd Intl Wkshp on Engineering Emergence in Decentralised Autonomic Systems EEDAS 2007, Jacksonville, Fl, 07/06/11-15
SYMMETRY IN NONLINEAR MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS, Kiev, Ukraine, 07/06/24-30
Summer School In Complexity Science, London, UK, 07/07/08-17
2007 Genetic And Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2007), London, UK, 07/07/07-11
ICCM 2007 - 8th Intl Conf on Cognitive Modeling, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 07/07/27-29
Natural Complexity: Data and Theory in Dialogue, Cambridge, UK, 07/08/13-17
ECAL 2oo7 - 9th European Conference on Artificial Life
, Lisbon, Portugal, 07/09/10-14
European Conference on Complex Systems 2007 (ECCS'07) , Dresden, Germany, 07/10/01-05
Call for Papers - Course/Book Announcements
- The international journal
Emergence: Complexity & Organization (E:CO) is now available. The issue contains:
Volume 8 Number 4, 2006
Special Issue: Complexity & Leadership
Editors: Jeffrey A. Goldstein & James K. Hazy
EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION IN PRACTICE
Series in Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer Verlag,
Chapter proposal due 07/02/04
- Call for Submissions:
The Journal of Developmental Processes will publish its first issue in fall 2006. , The JDP recognizes that complex developmental processes characterize the growth of living organisms. In humans, this complexity is highly elaborated, so that developmental change is affected by many interrelated factors of the body, the mind, family, society and the environment. New discoveries continually add to our understanding of these processes and demonstrate the inadequacy of reductionist approaches.
- Call for Papers:
Special Issue of the Artificial Life journal on the Evolution of Complexity,
Digital Graphics for Quantitative Finance,
Lineplot Productions, 2006
Why create movies of financial models? Because key stakeholders often don't understand them. The mathematical, data-intensive sphere of quantitative financial analysis can be a black box even for many in the industry. It is vital for users of this analysis to appreciate, understand and buy into, often literally, these difficult and important concepts.
Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology, Kunihiko Kaneko, Springer Series: Understanding Complex Systems, 2006
What is life? Has molecular biology given us a satisfactory answer to this question? And if not, why, and how to carry on from there? This book examines life not from the reductionist point of view, but rather asks the question: what are the universal properties of living systems and how can one construct from there a phenomenological theory of life that leads naturally to complex processes such as reproductive cellular systems, evolution and differentiation? The presentation has been deliberately kept fairly non-technical so as to address a broad spectrum of students and researchers from the natural sciences and informatics.
- Chaos and Complexity
Resources for Students and Teachers, 06/03/01