Complexity Digest 2009.26
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- Living Technology: Exploiting Life's Principles in Technology, Artificial Life
- Systems Architecture: A New Model for Sustainability and the Built Environment using Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science with Living Technology, Artificial Life
- Systems chemistry: Molecular networks come of age, Nature
- Download Your Own Robot Scientist, Wired
- Copenhagen accord emerges, Nature
- Changes in the Air: What Will Come of the Copenhagen Climate Summit?, Knowledge@Wharton
- Interview Francis Heylighen, Lakeside Labs
- Interview Raissa D'Souza, Lakeside Labs
- Sexual Selection and Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries, Science
- Testing guilt aversion, Games and Economic Behavior
- Indirect Punishment and Generosity Toward Strangers, Science
- Evolutionary dynamics in structured populations, Philosophical Transactions B
- Credit where credit is due, Nature
- Networked buffering: a basic mechanism for distributed robustness in complex adaptive systems, arXiv
- SIRS Anatomy: whence th oscillations?, arXiv
- Developmental biology: Asymmetry with a twist, Nature
- Fictitious play in an evolutionary environment, Games and Economic Behavior
- So You Want to Live to 100? More of Us Will, and Here Is What Life Might Look Like, Knowledge@Wharton
- Self-organizing urban transportation systems, arXiv
- Imitation as a Mechanism of Cultural Transmission, Artificial Life
- Long-run equilibria with dominated strategies, Games and Economic Behavior
- Computer Modeling Describes Gravity-Related Adaptation in Cell Cultures, PLoS ONE
- Book Announcements
- The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life, Basic Books
- Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Little, Brown and Company
- Emerging Systems Approaches in Information Technologies: Concepts, Theories and Applications, Information Science Reference
- Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics, Springer
- Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines, University Of Chicago Press
- Macro Roles for MicroRNAs in the Life and Death of Neurons, Springer
- Links & Snippets
- Other Publications
- Conference Announcements
- Webcast Announcements
- Other Announcements
Living Technology: Exploiting Life's Principles in Technology, Artificial Life
Abstract: The concept of living technologyâ"that is, technology that is based on the powerful core features of lifeâ"is explained and illustrated with examples from artificial life software, reconfigurable and evolvable hardware, autonomously self-reproducing robots, chemical protocells, and hybrid electronic-chemical systems. We define primary (secondary) living technology according as key material components and core systems are not (are) derived from living organisms. Primary living technology is currently emerging, distinctive, and potentially powerful, motivating this review. We trace living technology's connections with artificial life (soft, hard, and wet), synthetic biology (top-down and bottom-up), and the convergence of nano-, bio-, information, and cognitive (NBIC) technologies. We end with a brief look at the social and ethical questions generated by the prospect of living technology.
- Source: Living Technology: Exploiting Life's Principles in Technology, Mark A. Bedau, John S. McCaskill, Norman H. Packard, Steen Rasmussen, DOI: 10.1162/artl.2009.16.1.16103, Artificial Life Winter 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1, Pages 89-97, 2009/12/10
Systems Architecture: A New Model for Sustainability and the Built Environment using Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science with Living Technology, Artificial Life
Abstract: This report details a workshop held at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, to initiate interdisciplinary collaborations for the practice of systems architecture, which is a new model for the generation of sustainable architecture that combines the discipline of the study of the built environment with the scientific study of complexity, or systems science, and adopts the perspective of systems theory. Systems architecture offers new perspectives on the organization of the built environment that enable architects to consider architecture as a series of interconnected networks with embedded links into natural systems. The public workshop brought together architects and scientists working with the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science and with living technology to investigate the possibility of a new generation of smart materials that are implied by this approach.
- Source: Systems Architecture: A New Model for Sustainability and the Built Environment using Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science with Living Technology, Rachel Armstrong, DOI: 10.1162/artl.2009.16.1.16101, Artificial Life Winter 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1, Pages 73-87, 2009/12/10
Systems chemistry: Molecular networks come of age, Nature
The advent of sophisticated analytical tools enables the collective behaviour of networks of interacting molecules to be studied. The emerging field of systems chemistry promises to allow such networks to be designed to perform complex functions, and might even shed light on the origins of life.
An oscillatory Belousovâ"Zhabotinsky reaction
Download Your Own Robot Scientist, Wired
Excerpt: Ever wanted to have a robot to do your research for you? If you are a scientist, you have almost certainly had this dream. Now itâs a real option: Eureqa, a program that distills scientific laws from raw data, is freely available to researchers.
Copenhagen accord emerges, Nature
Excerpt: International delegates at the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen on Saturday formally recognized a bare-bones mandate to curb greenhouse-gas emissions â" a multilateral political deal brokered the day before by leaders of the United States, China, India, South Africa and Brazil.
Under the accord, greenhouse-gas commitments proposed by industrialized nations and the major emerging economies â" as well as anyone else who cares to sign up â" would be placed into a registry for monitoring and verification.
Changes in the Air: What Will Come of the Copenhagen Climate Summit?, Knowledge@Wharton
Summary: More than 100 world leaders gathered in Copenhagen on December 7 for a two-week summit meeting whose ambitious aim is to renew the Kyoto protocol on climate change. The issues being discussed include reducing emissions of green-house gases and setting a price for carbon, among others. What are the likely business implications of these issues? What new challenges and opportunities will they create during the coming months?
Interview Francis Heylighen, Lakeside Labs
Excerpt: Interview at the Research Days 2009 with Prof. Dr. Francis Heylighen from the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group of the Free University of Brussels.
Excerpt: Interview at the Lakeside Labs Research Days 2009 with Prof. Dr. Raissa D'Souza from the University of California, Davis.
Sexual Selection and Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries, Science
Summary: Darwin referred to the origin of species as "that mystery of mysteries" (1), and despite decades of study, evolutionary biologists still cannot agree on the underlying processes that have produced the great diversity of life around us. Most contentious of all has been the question of whether speciation can occur within a population (sympatrically). On page 1704 of this issue, van Doorn et al. (2) suggest that mating preferences can halt the movement of genes within a population. Their work gives credibility to the concept of sympatric speciation, which has long been the ugly duckling of evolutionary biology, and suggests that both local adaptation and sexual selection may play a far more important role in speciation than previously thought.
Excerpt: Guilt averse individuals experience a utility loss if they believe they let someone down. For example, generosity depends on what the donor believes that the recipient expects to receive. [...] The correlation between generous behavior and elicited beliefs is close to zero in all three experiments, suggesting that guilt aversion is smaller than previously thought.
- Source: Testing guilt aversion, Ellingsen T, Johannesson M, TjĂ¸tta S, Torsvik G, DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2009.04.021, Games and Economic Behavior 68(1) 95-107, January 2010
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Indirect Punishment and Generosity Toward Strangers, Science
Summary: Many people incur costs to reward strangers who have been kind to others. Theoretical and experimental evidence suggests that such "indirect rewarding" sustains cooperation between unrelated humans. Its emergence is surprising, because rewarders incur costs but receive no immediate benefits. It can prevail in the long run only if rewarders earn higher payoffs than "defectors" who ignore strangersâ kindness. We provide experimental evidence regarding the payoffs received by individuals who employ these and other strategies, such as "indirect punishment," by imposing costs on unkind strangers. We find that if unkind strangers cannot be punished, defection earns most. If they can be punished, however, then indirect rewarding earns most. Indirect punishment plays this important role, even if it gives a low payoff and is rarely implemented.
Abstract: [...] we review the recent advances in evolutionary game dynamics with a particular emphasis on stochastic approaches in finite sized and structured populations. We give simple, fundamental laws that determine how natural selection chooses between competing strategies.
[...] The mechanism that leads to the evolution of cooperation in these settings could be called âspatial selectionâ: cooperators prevail against defectors by clustering in physical or other spaces.
Credit where credit is due, Nature
Summary: A proposed author ID system is gaining widespread support, and could help lay the foundation for an academic-reward system less heavily tied to publications and citations.
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Networked buffering: a basic mechanism for distributed robustness in complex adaptive systems, arXiv
Excerpt: This paper proposes a generic design principle for generating robust traits in complex systems that requires two basic conditions to be satisfied: 1) agents are versatile enough to perform more than one single functional role within a system and 2) agents are degenerate, i.e. there exists a partial overlap in the functional capabilities of agents. Our principle claim is formulated within the so-called networked buffering hypothesis. It outlines how degenerate systems may readily produce a distributed response to local perturbations and reciprocally how excess resources related to a single function can indirectly support multiple unrelated functions within a degenerate system.
SIRS Anatomy: whence th oscillations?, arXiv
Abstract: The ubiquity of oscillations in epidemics presents a long standing challenge for the formulation of epidemic models. Whether they are external and seasonally driven, or arise from the intrinsic dynamics is an open problem. In this contribution, starting from the classical SIRS model, we make a general treatment of the infection and recovery terms, giving rise to the appearance of long standing oscillations. Moreover, we present an oscillation diagram in terms of the key parameters of the model, showing how oscillations can be destabilized by the shape of the distributions of characteristic times. The formulation is made in terms of delay equation which are both numerical integrated and linearized. Results from simulation are included showing where they support the linear analysis and explaining why not where they do not. Considerations and comparison with real diseases are presented along.
Developmental biology: Asymmetry with a twist, Nature
Summary: In snails, manipulating the orientation of cells in the early embryo alters the leftâ"right asymmetry of the shell and body. These findings refine the search for the symmetry-breaking event in this and other animals.
Excerpt: We consider continuous time versions of the fictitious play updating algorithm in an evolutionary environment. We derive two forms of continuous-time limit, both defining approximations to this algorithm.
So You Want to Live to 100? More of Us Will, and Here Is What Life Might Look Like, Knowledge@Wharton
Summary: If your children happened to be born since the year 2000 in developed countries, they will most likely live to be 100, and they will be healthier than elderly people in previous generations, according to a recent article in the medical journal The Lancet. The implications are enormous for everything from retirement planning and health care costs to new models for the workplace and innovative approaches to education. As Olivia Mitchell, professor of insurance and risk management, states: "This is a demographic revolution the likes of which we have never seen before on earth."
Self-organizing urban transportation systems, arXiv
Abstract: Urban transportation is a complex phenomenon. Since many agents are constantly interacting in parallel, it is difficult to predict the future state of a transportation system. Because of this, optimization techniques tend to give obsolete solutions, as the problem changes before it can be optimized. An alternative lies in seeking adaptive solutions. This adaptation can be achieved with self-organization. In a self-organizing transportation system, the elements of the system follow local rules to achieve a global solution. Like this, when the problem changes the system can adapt by itself to the new configuration.
In this chapter, I will review recent, current, and future work on self-organizing transportation systems. Self-organizing traffic lights have proven to improve traffic flow considerably over traditional methods. In public transportation systems, simple rules are being explored to prevent the "equal headway instability" phenomenon. The methods we have used can be also applied to other urban transportation systems and their generality is discussed.
Imitation as a Mechanism of Cultural Transmission, Artificial Life
Abstract: We study the effects of an imitation mechanism on a population of animats capable of individual ontogenetic learning. An urge to imitate others augments a network-based reinforcement learning strategy used in the control system of the animats. We test populations of animats with imitation against populations without for their ability to find, and maintain over generations, successful foraging behavior in an environment containing three necessary resources: food, water, and shelter. We conclude that even simple imitation mechanisms are effective at increasing the frequency of success when measured over time and over populations of animats.
Excerpt: We show that the predictions of long-run behavior under the evolutionary process are highly sensitive to the addition and elimination of strictly dominated strategies. In particular, for the best response dynamics [...] we prove that for any symmetric normal form game, any strict Nash equilibrium can be selected as the unique long-run equilibrium by appropriately adding only one single strategy which is strictly dominated by all original strategies. Moreover, if we further assume instantaneous adjustment, then any convex combination of strict Nash equilibria with rational number weights can be realized as the long-run distribution by appropriately adding strictly dominated strategies.
Computer Modeling Describes Gravity-Related Adaptation in Cell Cultures, PLoS ONE
Abstract: [...] Another way to describe complex systems is by simulating them with phenomenological models such as the well-known evolutionary agent-based model (EABM). Here we developed an EABM to simulate cell colonies as a multi-agent system that adapts to hyper-gravity in starvation conditions.
The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life, Basic Books
Summary: One of the greatest discoveries of recent times is that the complex patterns we find in life are often produced when all of the individuals in a group follow the same simple rule. This process of âself-organizationâ reveals itself in the inanimate worlds of crystals and seashells, but as Len Fisher shows, it is also evident in living organisms, from fish to ants to human beings. Fisherâs investigation encompasses topics ranging from âswarm intelligenceâ to the science of parties and the best ways to start a fad. Finally, Fisher sheds light on the beauty and utility of complexity theory.
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Little, Brown and Company
Summary: In Connected, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.
Emerging Systems Approaches in Information Technologies: Concepts, Theories and Applications, Information Science Reference
Summary: Through a systematic view of technologies, researchers are now finding it less complicated to examine, predict, and explain complex interactions between fields such as engineering and computer science. Emerging Systems Approaches in Information Technologies: Concepts, Theories, and Applications presents innovative research findings utilizing the incorporation of the systems approach into fields such as systems engineering, computer science, and software engineering. Containing philosophical evaluations and issues related to complexity, this publication provides academicians, practitioners, and researchers with the first resource that fully emphasizes the integration of this approach.
Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics, Springer
Summary: The latest important progress on Cognitive Neurodynamics was covered by 13 mini-symposia including: Models of Mental Disorders; Cognitive Machines; Dynamics in learning and memory; Central nervous system synchronization; Neuroinformatics; Cognitive Computational Modeling of Human Language Processing; Cognitive Neurodynamics of Attention; Bottom-Up and Top-Down; Brain Networks; From Anatomy to Dynamics; Translational Cognitive Neuroimaging; K-sets; Theory and Applications; Advanced Signal Processing Techniques for Brain Data Analysis; Visual cortex: information processing and dynamics; Dynamics of Firing Patterns and Synchronization in Neuronal Systems.
Borrowed Knowledge: Chaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines, University Of Chicago Press
Summary: What happens to scientific knowledge when researchers outside the natural sciences bring elements of the latest trend across disciplinary boundaries for their own purposes? Researchers in fields from anthropology to family therapy and traffic planning employ the concepts, methods, and results of chaos theory to harness the disciplinary prestige of the natural sciences, to motivate methodological change or conceptual reorganization within their home discipline, and to justify public policies and aesthetic judgments. Using the recent explosion in the use (and abuse) of chaos theory, this book examines the relationship between science and other disciplines as well as the place of scientific knowledge within our broader culture. Stephen H. Kellertâs detailed investigation of the myriad uses of chaos theory reveals serious problems that can arise in the interchange between science and other knowledge-making pursuits, as well as opportunities for constructive interchange.
Macro Roles for MicroRNAs in the Life and Death of Neurons, Springer
Summary: The discovery of microRNAs has revealed an unexpected and spectacular additional level of fine tuning of the genome and how genes are used again and again in different combinations to generate the complexity that underlies for instance the brain. Although microRNAs are abundantly expressed in the brain, relatively little is known about the multiple functions of these RNA molecules in the nervous system. Nevertheless, we know already that microRNA pathways play major roles in the proliferation, differentiation, function and maintenance of neuronal cells.
Links & Snippets
- From Newton to Cellular Automata, Franco Bagnoli, 2009/12/10, arXiv:0912.2056
- Competitive cluster growth on networks: complex dynamics and survival strategies, N. Nirmal Thyagu and Anita Mehta, 2009/12/16, arXiv:0912.3139
- Accumulation of driver and passenger mutations during tumor progression, Ivana Bozic, Tibor Antal, Hisashi Ohtsuki, Hannah Carter, Dewey Kim, Sining Chen, Rachel Karchin, Kenneth W. Kinzler, Bert Vogelstein, and Martin A. Nowak, 2009/12/8, arXiv:0912.1627
- Quantifying the Extent of North American Mammal Extinction Relative to the Pre-Anthropogenic Baseline, Carrasco MA, Barnosky AD, Graham RW, December 16, 2009, PLoS ONE 4(12): e8331, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008331
- The possibility of impossible stairways: Tail events and countable player sets, Voorneveld M, January 2010, Games and Economic Behavior 68(1) 403-410, DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2009.07.009
- Contractual incompleteness as a signal of trust, Herold F, January 2010, Games and Economic Behavior 68(1) 180-191, DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2009.05.001
- Dynamics Days 2010, Evanston, IL, USA, 10/01/04-07
- NECSI Winter School on Complex Systems, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2010/01/04-15
- 5th Biennial Convention about the philosophical, epistemological, and methodological implications of the Theory of Complexity, Havana, Cuba, 10/01/6-8
- Conference on Dynamics of Layering in Biological Systems, Pasadena, California, USA, 2010/01/15-16
- 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2010), Valencia, Spain, 10/01/22-24
- QualityCommons, an interdisciplinary workshop on collective quality representations and the social processes behind them, Paris, France, 2010/01/28â"29
- Networks: A Framework for cross-disciplinary applications,Zaragoza, Spain, 2010/02/3-6
- The International Seminar on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication (JAIST-EELC2010), Kyoto, Japan, 2010/03/10-12
- 4th International Nonlinear Science Conference, University of Palermo, Sicily, 2010/03/15-17
- 20th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, EMCSR 2010, University of Vienna, Austria, 10/04/6-9
- EvoStar 2010 , Istanbul, Turkey, 10/04/7-10
- International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Valencia, Spain, 10/04/7-10
- AAMAS-2010, the 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Toronto Canada, 2010/05/10-14
- The IV International Workshop on Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization - NICSO 2010, Granada, Spain, 10/05/12-14
- International Conference on Computational Science 2010 (ICCS 2010), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010/05/31-06/2
- ICEIS 2010 (12th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems), Funchal-Madeira, Portugal, 10/06/6-10
- ICAC 2010, the 7th IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing, Washington, DC, USA, 2010/06/7-11
- International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010) , London, UK, 2010/06/28-30
- Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2010), Portland, Oregon, USA, 2010/07/7-11
- The 2010 Advanced Geographical Analysis and Modeling Workshop, Neve Ilan, Israel, 2010/07/8-10
- 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Barcelona, Spain, 10/07/18-23
- The 2010 International Conference on Informatics Cypernetics, and Computer Applications (ICICCA2010), Bangalore, India, 2010/07/19-20
- European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), Copenhagen, Denmark, 10/08/09-20
- Amorphous Computing and Complex Biological Networks, University of Sheffield, UK, 2010/08-17-20
- Artificial Life XII (ALife XII), Odense, Denmark, 10/08/19--23
- From animals to animats: the Eleventh International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB'10), , Paris, France, 2010/08/24-28
- 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI-10), Toronto, Canada, 2010/08/31-09/03
- ANTS 2010, Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Brussels, Belgium, 10/09/8-10
- European Conference on Complex Systems, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010/09/13-17
- Smarter Cities NYC. Posted on 2009/10/05
- ASSYST Digital Library. Since 09/09
- Complex Systems Teleconferences. Since 09/09
Symmetry Festival 2009, Budapest, Hungary, 09/08/1-4.
- International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems, Zurich, Switzerland, 09/06/8-12
- Memorial Service for Dr Gottfried Mayer, Founding Editor Complexity Digest, Taipei, Taiwan (1954-2009). Video [RM], 09/02/13
- Making Connections: In Memory and Celebration of the Life of Dr. Gottfried Mayer (1954-2009). Video [RM] [MPG], 09/02/13
- Eulogy for Gottfried Mayer by Dean LeBaron [WMV, 25 Mb], [RM, 10 Mb], 09/02/10
- Can Ants Solve Traffic Jams?, Danielle Parsons, Slatev.com, 08/07/22
- Reseau Nationale des Systemes Complexes , (in French), 2007
- World Economic Forum , Davos, Switzerland, 08/01/22-27
- 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
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- Tenurometer provides a smart interface to make Google Scholar more powerful, convenient, and easy to use. Unlike *Publish or Perish*, Tenurometer is not a standalone application; it is a browser extension, so it can be used on any computer with a Firefox browser.
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In addition to providing various established impact measures such as the h-index, Tenurometer leverages the statistics collected from user annotations to make it possible for the first time to compute the "universal h-index" (Radicchi & al, PNAS 2008). This measure is designed to quantitatively compare the impact of authors in different disciplines, with different citation patterns. While citation analysis has its well-known limitations and must be used with care, the universal h-index and its implementation may represent an important step toward meaningful comparative evaluation of research impact across diverse disciplines in science, the social sciences, arts and humanities.
- A new Masters programme in Complex Systems is launched, as a joint venture of Univ. of Warwick (UK), Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Chalmers Univ. & Univ. of Gothenburg (Sweden), in partnership with the Complex Systems Society.
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