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Exploring Artificial Intelligence with Melanie Mitchell

March 9, 2018 Comments (0)

What is artificial intelligence? Could unintended consequences arise from increased use of this technology? How will the role of humans change with AI? How will AI evolve in the next 10 years? In this episode, Haley interviews leading Complex Systems Scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell. Professor Mitchell answers many profound questions about the field of artificial intelligence and gives...

The Active Inference Approach to Ecological Perception: General Information Dynamics for Natural and Artificial Embodied Cognition

March 8, 2018 Comments (0)

The emerging neurocomputational vision of humans as embodied, ecologically embedded, social agents—who shape and are shaped by their environment—offers a golden opportunity to revisit and revise ideas about the physical and information-theoretic underpinnings of life, mind, and consciousness itself. In particular, the active inference framework (AIF) makes it possible to bridge connections from computational neuroscience and robotics/AI to ecological psychology and phenomenology,...

The Emergence of Consensus: A Primer

March 7, 2018 Comments (0)

The origin of population-scale coordination has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. Recently, game theory, evolutionary approaches and complex systems science have provided quantitative insights on the mechanisms of social consensus. However, the literature is vast and widely scattered across fields, making it hard for the single researcher to navigate it. This short review aims to provide a compact overview of the main dimensions over which the debate has unfolded and to discuss...

Not-so-distant reading: A dynamic network approach to literature

March 6, 2018 Comments (0)

In this article we report about our efforts to develop and evaluate computational support tools for literary studies. We present a novel method and tool that allows interactive visual analytics of character occurrences in Victorian novels, and has been handed to humanities scholars and students for work with a number of novels from different authors. Our user study reveals insights about Victorian novels that are valuable for scholars in the digital humanities field, and informs UI as well as...

WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments – June 21-22, 2018 | Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation | University of Waterloo

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)

The small conference “Modelling complex urban environments,” will be held June 21-22 at the University of Waterloo and is sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation and the University of Waterloo International Research Partnership Development Grant program. Urban scholars have approached urban complexity using a variety of modelling tools, from descriptive models, atomistic discrete simulation models, systems dynamics models, and most recently, inductive...

Brains, Minds & Machines Summer Course 2018

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)

The basis of intelligence – how the brain produces intelligent behavior and how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines – is arguably the greatest problem in science and technology. To solve it, we will need to understand how human intelligence emerges from computations in neural circuits, with rigor sufficient to reproduce similar intelligent behavior in machines. Success in this endeavor ultimately will enable us to understand ourselves better, to produce smarter...

GEFENOL Summer School 2018

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)

The VIII Summer School on Statistical Physics of Complex Systems promoted by the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GEFENOL) of the Spanish Physical Society. The School follows the previous successful editions which took place in Palma de Mallorca (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017), Benasque (2012), Barcelona (2015) and Pamplona (2016). The school, oriented to Master and PhD students and young postdocs worldwide will take place at IFISC (CSIC-UIB) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on July...

Network Medicine ’18

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)

Network science is having a huge impact in various aspects of health-related research. The advent of more comprehensive personalized data has fostered the emergence of precision medicine: an approach that considers individual genetic and physiological characteristics, lifestyle and environment in devising personalized therapies. Such an approach benefits greatly from big data and network approaches at multiple levels. First, integrating different molecular “interactomic” datasets...

Science of science

March 4, 2018 Comments (0)

Identifying fundamental drivers of science and developing predictive models to capture its evolution are instrumental for the design of policies that can improve the scientific enterprise—for example, through enhanced career paths for scientists, better performance evaluation for organizations hosting research, discovery of novel effective funding vehicles, and even identification of promising regions along the scientific frontier. The science of science uses large-scale data on the...