Understanding and managing complex systems

Op 5 maart 2012 organiseerde de KNAW samen met NWO een symposium over de fundamentele begrippen en toepassingen van de complexiteitswetenschap.

Hoe krijgen we vat op de financiële crisis? Hoe verspreiden infectieziekten zich of hoe ontwikkelen talen zich? Wat kunnen we leren van sociale netwerken? De verbazingwekkende evolutionaire dynamiek van kanker en het ontstaan van de menselijke cultuur kunnen met vergelijkbare wiskundige theorieën worden beschreven. Anderzijds is het de vraag of bijvoorbeeld menselijk gedrag en maatschappelijke systemen op dezelfde manier kunnen worden benaderd als bijvoorbeeld biologische systemen en complexe, door de mens ontworpen systemen. Wat is de belangrijkste boodschap van de complexiteitswetenschap en welke methoden zijn er in dat kader ontwikkeld?

Internationaal gerenommeerde deskundigen op het gebied van complexiteitsonderzoek gingen aan de hand van diverse thema's in op de stand van zaken in de complexiteitswetenschap. 

Lectures

Evolving cooperation, by Martin Nowak (evolutionary dynamics), Harvard University

Crises in the brain. What can we learn from modern network theory?, by Kees Stam (neurophysiology), VU University Amsterdam

Physical Complexity in Socio-Economic Systems, by Dan Braha (innovation, organisation and complexity), University of Massachusetts

Complexity in Cities: Are Cities Becoming More and More Complex?, by Michael Batty, (physical geography), Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Poster Pitches

Host-pathogen co-evolution from an immuno-epidemiological perspective, by Rob J. de Boer, Utrecht University

Identification of synaptic gene networks in complex brain disorders using a Bayesian framework, by Niels Cornelisse, VU University Amsterdam

Coupling of self-assembly and metabolism in protocells, by Wouter Hendriksen, Technische Universiteit Delft

Food for thought and thought for food: the local-global entanglement of the Slow Food movement, by Arnoud Lagendijk, Radboud University Nijmegen

Understanding financial instability through complex systems, by Daan in 't Veld, University of Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance

Critical transitions and early-warning signals in spatial ecosystems, by Koen Siteur, Utrecht University

Complex dynamic arrest, by Bernard Nienhuis, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam

Plenary discussion

Plenary discussion led by Pieter Hooimeijer, Utrecht University

Evolving cooperation, by Martin Nowak (evolutionary dynamics), Harvard University

Crises in the brain. What can we learn from modern network theory?, by Kees Stam (neurophysiology), VU University Amsterdam

Physical Complexity in Socio-Economic Systems, by Dan Braha (innovation, organisation and complexity), University of Massachusetts

Complexity in Cities: Are Cities Becoming More and More Complex?, by Michael Batty, (physical geography), Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Poster Pitches

Host-pathogen co-evolution from an immuno-epidemiological perspective, by Rob J. de Boer, Utrecht University

Identification of synaptic gene networks in complex brain disorders using a Bayesian framework, by Niels Cornelisse, VU University Amsterdam

Coupling of self-assembly and metabolism in protocells, by Wouter Hendriksen, Technische Universiteit Delft

Complexity in Public Transport (ComPuTr), by Leo Kroon, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Food for thought and thought for food: the local-global entanglement of the Slow Food movement, by Arnoud Lagendijk, Radboud University Nijmegen

The neuronal network organization of the biological clock, by Joke Meijer, Leiden University Medical Center

Complex dynamic arrest, by Bernard Nienhuis, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam

Correlating Fluctuations Across the Scales, by Mark Peletier, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Critical transitions and early-warning signals in spatial ecosystems, by Koen Siteur, Utrecht University

Understanding financial instability through complex systems, by Daan in 't Veld, University of Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance

Plenary discussion

Plenary discussion led by Pieter Hooimeijer, Utrecht University