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The Universe as Automaton: From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity

October 28, 2011 Comments (0)

This booklet is an essay at the interface of philosophy and complexity research, trying to inspire the reader with new ideas and new conceptual developments of cellular automata. Going beyond the numerical experiments of Wolfram, it is argued that cellular automata must be considered complex dynamical systems in their own right, requiring appropriate analytical models in order to find...

The Business of Projects: Managing Innovation in Complex Products and Systems

October 28, 2011 Comments (0)

Cutting-edge reading for academics, students and professionals interested in project management. Business activities today are often project-based and it is vital to know how to manage complex products and systems (CoPS). Firms managing projects can coordinate with customers and suppliers, while their own organization becomes less bureaucratic, more fluid and adaptable. Uniquely the book...
Cambridge University Press

Event Announcements

October 28, 2011 Comments (0)

Complex Adaptive Systems: Energy, Information, and Intelligence, AAAI Fall Symposium; Arlington, VA, 2011/11/4-6 Workshop on Complex Systems as Computing Models (WCSCM2011), Mexico City, Mexico, 2011/11/9-10 The Dynamics of Disease, Workshop in Medical Systems Biology, Manchester, UK, 2011/11/28-12/02 Network Frontier Workshop 2011, Evanston, IL, USA, 2011/12/01-02 New England...

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October 28, 2011 Comments (0)

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October 28, 2011 Comments (0)

Call for papers: Special issue of JSSC on Complex Systems and Sports, 2011/12/31 ASSYSTComplexity One of the main goals of the ASSYST Coordination Action is to promote Complex Systems for Socially Intelligent ICT (COSI-ICT) and, more generally, Complex Systems (CS) Science in Europe and Worldwide. We do this by communicating widely with scientists, policy makers, and business people, and by...

The second economy

October 18, 2011 Comments (0)

I want to argue that something deep is going on with information technology, something that goes well beyond the use of computers, social media, and commerce on the Internet. Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically. They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital. On the surface, this shift doesn’t seem particularly...
McKinsey Quaterly

2011 Nobel Prize Announcements

October 18, 2011 Comments (0)

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" with one half to Saul Perlmutter and the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals". The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine...

Complexity on the workbench

October 18, 2011 Comments (0)

István Fehérvári explains complex systems and discusses how to use them in technical engineering. He also introduces a tool following this approach, which is available at Learn more about the project at:...

Swayed by Friends or by the Crowd?

October 18, 2011 Comments (0)

We have conducted three empirical studies of the effects of friend recommendations and general ratings on how online users make choices. These two components of social influence were investigated through user studies on Mechanical Turk. We find that for a user deciding between two choices an additional rating star has a much larger effect than an additional friend’s recommendation on the...
HP Labs

Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine

October 18, 2011 Comments (0)

How do we search for alien life if it's nothing like the life that we know? At TEDxUIUC Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life -- self-replicating computer programs -- to find a signature, a 'biomarker,' that is free of our preconceptions of what life...