Complexity, Criticality and Computation (C3) Summer Research Camp

Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
November 30 – December 4, 2015
http://sydney.edu.au/perkins/events/featured-events/c3-research-camp.shtml

The study of complex systems is about understanding indirect effects. Why is it necessary to study complex systems? Humans are typically inclined to use reductionist logic. To understand how a system would behave overall, or to test whether a human-made system works as it was intended to, we put it through a series of ‘short, discrete’ scenarios, expecting a ‘correct response’ to each scenario. However, complex systems do not lend themselves to short, discrete scenarios. Not all scenarios have clear endings or known, correct answers. How do we evaluate the usability of, or predict the behaviour of systems that are too complex for our typical reductionist reasoning? The answer to this question is not intuitive or trivial, and a specific skill set needs to be developed in order to answer it.

We will consider a diverse range of systems, applications, theoretical and practical approaches to computational modelling of modern complex systems such as health, including information theory, agent-based simulation, network theory, nonlinear dynamics, swarm intelligence, evolutionary methods, computational neuroscience, and econophysics, among others. Continue reading

NeuroEng 2016 – Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that the 9th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Modelling (NeuroEng 2016) will be held from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th November 2016 at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. There will be an announcement about abstracts and registration in 2016. Meanwhile, email the Chair, Prof Michael Breakspear, if you have queries or suggestions.