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371Complex Systems and Social Simulations Summer School, CEU

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  • laszlo.laufer
    Feb 3, 2008
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      **** Apologies for cross-posting ****

      Complex Systems and Social Simulations, CEU Summer University in
      Budapest
      July 7 - 18, 2008
      Web site: http:// www.sun.ceu.hu/complex-systems/

      Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 February, 2008
      Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May, 2008


      Course Directors:

      Laszlo Gulyas, Collegium Budapest and AITIA Inc., Budapest, Hungary;
      Gyorgy Kampis, Collegium Budapest and Eötvös University, Hungary

      Course Manager:
      Laszlo Laufer (lauferl@...), Central European University and
      Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary


      Course Faculty:

      Petra Ahrweiler, National Institute of Technology Management, UCD
      School of Business
      Stefano Battiston, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
      Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zürich
      Laszlo Gulyas, Collegium Budapest and AITIA Inc, Budapest
      George Kampis, Collegium Budapest
      Krzystof Kurowski, Poznanskie Centrum Superkomputerowo Sieciowe,
      Poznan
      Scott Page, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
      Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Brescia, Italy
      Klaus G. Troitzsch, University of Koblenz


      Target group:

      MA and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty,
      researchers and professionals. Undergraduates without a university
      degree will not be considered.


      Course Summary:

      The terms Complex Systems (CSs) denotes an inderdisciplinary research
      methodology currently successful in the social sciences and
      elsewhere. CS research originated from phyiscs and nonlinear systems
      some decades ago but its models have soon permeated distant fields as
      economy, political science or more recently sociology. As implied by
      the name, a CS is essentially a system of many complicated
      interactions. Complex Systems methodology has developed sophisticated
      yet well understood tools to cope with this challenge. In social
      systems the essence of CS is the characterization of the distributed
      dynamics of how the interaction of many actors and variables leads to
      predictable phenomena, that often involve hierarchy, emergence,
      dynamic structures and large scale transitions.

      Each day in the course focuses on one tool of this encompassing
      methodology. CS methods include various mathematical models
      (nonlinear systems, networks, statistical approaches), computer
      simulations (e.g. systems dynamics, agent-based modeling). CS
      simulations are highly computation intensive and pose problems of
      supercomputing and parallelization.

      The CSSS course offers lectures, tutorials and discussions on the
      whole spectrum of the above. Lectures are from leading experts,
      specifically focusing on CS concepts, modeling and (social)
      simulation, followed by discussion.


      Topics:

      CSS and Innovation, Social Networks, CSS in Political Science, CSS
      Tools with a Special Emphasis on Simulation, Bio-Inspired CSS Models,
      Efficient Studies of CSS: Supercomputers and Grids, Evolutionary Game
      Theory and Social Systems, CSS in Socio-Economics, CSS in Sociology


      The language of instruction: English

      Tuition fee: The 500 EUR/2 weeks.


      Application deadline:

      For scholarship applicants: February 14, 2008;
      For fee-paying applicants: May 30, 2008

      Online application: https://online.ceu.hu/osun/osun (attachments to
      be sent via email to summeru@...
      For further information queries can be directed to the SUN office by
      email (summeru@...), via skype (ceu-sun) or telephone (00-36-1-327-
      3811).