UM-SFI Workshop

University of Michigan Santa Fe Institute Complexity Meeting
Transcientific Models
October 14, 2011
9am – 5pm
Anderson Rooms
Michigan Union
I believe we are entering a period of transcience, where it is becoming necessary that training in areas with fundamental mathematical, computational, and logical principles should be emancipated from a single class of historically contingent case studies. – David C Krakauer
Transcientific models, such as network models, produce insights that advance scientific inquiry in multiple disciplines. For example, Sander and Witten’s model of diffusion limited aggregation, a physics model, has been applied to city formation, and replicator dynamics, which were developed to capture evolution, have proven useful models of learning.
In this single day event, a collection of leading complexity scholars will describe their favorite transcientific models and explain how and why these models leapt their original disciplines. All presentations will begin with jargon free model descriptions accessible to a general audience and conclude with an open discussion about possible other applications.
The event will consist of a morning session from 9am-12:20 and an afternoon session from 1:20-5 pm with a break for lunch.
Simon DeDeo Omidyar Fellow Santa Fe Institute
Symmetry Breaking and Emergent Phenomena
Steven Schiff
Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
Penn State University
Ensemble Kalman Filters
Maggie Eppstein
Associate Professor Department of Computer Science
University of Vermont
Random Chemistry Models
Len Sander
Professor of Physics and Professor of Complex Systems
University of Michigan
Diffusion Limited Aggregation
David Krakauer
Santa Fe Institute
Adaptive and Inferential Dynamics
Seth Marvel
T.H. Hildebrandt Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan
A Model of Pair Formation
Scott Page
Leonard Hurwicz Collegiate Prof of Political Sci, Complex Systems &
Econ, Director for the Study of Complex Systems, LS&A Res Prof, Ctr for
Political Std, ISR
Neutral Models and Bias Variance Decomposition: Transcience
through Recombination
Carl Simon
Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Complex Systems, College Literature, Science and the
Arts and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan:
Tipping Points in Contagion
Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Ph: (734) 763-3301
West Hall Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
This event is sponsored by an NSF IGERT grant
Transcientific Models
2011 UM-SFI Meeting
October 14, 2011
All events will be held in the Anderson Room, Michigan Union
8:30-9:00 Coffee, Tea, and Juice
9:10-9:20: A Transcientific Welcome Scott E Page, University of Michigan and
Santa Fe Institute
9:20 -10:00: Symmetry Breaking and Emergent Phenomena, Simon DeDeo, SFI
10:00 -10:40: Adaptive and Inferential Dynamics, Krakauer, SFI
10:40 -11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-11:40 Ensemble Kalman Filters, Schiff, Penn State
11:40 -12:20 Diffusion Limited Aggregation, Sander, University of Michigan
12:20 – 1:20 Lunch
1:20 – 2:00, Random Chemistry Models, Eppstein, University of Vermont
2:00 – 2:40 Neutral Models and Bias Variance Decomposition: Transcience through Recombination, Page, University of Michigan
2:40 -3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:40: Model of Pair Formation, Marvel, University of Michigan
3:40 – 4:20: Tipping Points in Contagion, Simon, University of Michigan
4:20- 5:00: Emergent Discussions