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Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE)
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- Peter Spirtes, Clark Glymour, and Richard Scheines, Causation,
Prediction, and Search, Second Edition, MIT Press, 496 pp.,
January 2001. ISBN: 0-262-19440-6.
- From the publisher: "What assumptions and methods allow us to turn
observations into causal knowledge, and how can even incomplete causal
knowledge be used in planning and prediction to influence and control our
environment? In this book (the authors) address these questions using the
formalism of Bayes networks, with results that have been applied in diverse
areas of research in the social, behavioral, and physical sciences... The
second edition contains a new introduction and an extensive survey of
advances and applications that have appeared since the first edition was
published in 1993."
- The authors are Professors of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University,
- Michael Hechter and Karl-Dieter Opp (eds.), Social Norms, Russell
Sage Foundation, 456 pp., March 2001. ISBN: 0-871-54354-0
- From a book jacket comment by Robert Axelrod (Professor of Political
Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): "(This book)
is a major contribution to our understanding of how norms emerge. The essays
in this volume probe deeply into the regularities and ambiguities of norms
about everything from monogamy to national self-determination."
- Michael Hechter is Professor of Sociology at the University of
Washington, Seattle. Karl-Dieter Opp is Professor of Sociology at the
University of Leipzig, Germany.
- Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubaucher, and Michael S. Scott Morton (eds.),
Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century, MIT Press, 456 pp.,
2003. ISBN: 0-262-63273-X
- From the publisher: "Technological changes have displaced the hierarchical
corporation as the model for business organization; the large corporations of
the new century are decentralizing and externalizing, creating networks of
"industry ecosystems" that will replace the top-down organizations of the last
century. (This book) reports on a five-year multidisciplinary research
initiative conducted by MIT's Sloan School of Management and sponsored by
leadning international corporations. The goal of the initiative was not only
to understand the way we work now but to invent new ways of working and put
them into practice."
- Harrison C. White, Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of
Production, Princeton University Press, 384 pp., January 2001. ISBN:
- From the publisher: "In (this book) one of America's most influential
sociologists unveils a groundbreaking theory of the market economy. Arguing
that most economists use overly abstract models of how the economy operates,
Harrison White seeks a richer, more empirically based alternative. In doing
so, he offers a more lucid, generalized treatment of the market models
described in his important earlier work in order to show how any given market
is situated in a broader exchange economy... Throughout, White draws
extensively on case studies of American businesses and on recent mathematical
and sociological work on networks."
- Harrison C. White is Giddings Professor of Sociology at Columbia
University, New York.
- John R. Koza, Martin A. Keane, Matthew J. Streeter, William Nydlowec,
Jessen Yu, and Guido Lanza, Genetic Programming IV: Routine
Human-Competitive Machine Intelligence, Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 2004. ISBN: 1-402-07446-8.
- From a book jacket comment by John H. Holland: "The research reported in
this book is a tour de force. For the first time since the idea was bandied
about in the 1940s and the early 1950s, we have a set of examples of
human-competitive automatic programming. These examples include the automated
re-creation of 21 previously patented inventions and the creation of 2
patentable new inventions."
- Robert B. Banks, Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other
Adventures in Applied Mathematics, Princeton University Press, 344 pp.,
2002. ISBN: 0-691-10285-6 (Paperback)
- From the publisher: "Although we seldom think of it, our lives are played
out in a world of numbers. Such common activities as throwing baseballs,
skipping rope, growing flowers, playing football, measuring savings accounts,
and many others are inherently mathematical. Here, Robert Banks presents a
wide range of musings, both practical and entertaining, that have intrigued
him and others: How tall can one grow? Why do we get stuck in traffic? Can
California water shortages be alleviated by towing icebergs from Antartica?
The book's twenty-four concise chapters, each centered on a real-world
phenomenon, are presented in an informal and engaging manner."
- Robert B. Banks was a Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University
and Dean of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Edwin Abbott Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions,
Princeton University Press, 144 pp., 1991. ISBN: 0-691-02525-8
- From the publisher: "Over a hundred years ago, Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote
a mathematical adventure set in a world on one plane, populated by a
hierarchical society of regular geometrical figures who think and speak and
have all too human emotions. Since then, Flatland has fascinated
generations of readers, becoming a perennial science-fiction favorite. By
imagining the contact of beings from different dimensions, the author fully
exploited the power of the analogy between the limitations of humans and
those of his two-dimensional characters. A first-rate fictional guide to the
concepts of relativity and multiple dimensions of space, the book also will
appeal to those who are interested in computer graphics."
- Econ Journal Watch
- A new electronic journal, Econ Journal Watch (EJW), will
publish comments on articles appearing in economics journals. It will serve
as a forum for discussion about economics research and the economics
profession. The objective of EJW is to bring lively commentary to
professional economics. It will watch the journals for inappropriate
assumptions, weak chains of argument, phony claims of relevance, and
omissions of pertinent truths. The first issue of the triannual journal
is scheduled to appear in April at
The project is directed by Donald Boudreaux (George Mason University),
Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois-Chicago), Richard Stroup (Montana
State University) and Daniel Klein (Santa Clara University).
Software and Hardware Announcements
- Complexity Workshop: RePast and NetLogo Tutorials
- From an announcement by Owen Densmore (Santa Fe, NM):
"The Complexity Workshop introduces the non-specialist to the tools
emerging from the study of complexity. It is beginning with tutorials aimed
at researchers and business people who are computer and complexity novices.
The first tutorials use two generally available modeling systems, RePast
(http://repast.sourceforge.net/) and NetLogo
(http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/). Both tutorials begin with how to
download and install the software and access the documentation and "demo"
models. They both then lead the reader through building a very simple model
of the buttons phase transition presented in Stuart Kauffman's book At
Home in the Universe. RePast and NetLogo are chosen for their synergy: a
project will typically explore several potential models using NetLogo as a
"what-if" environment, then graduate to RePast for its performance and access
to more advanced features such as Geographical Information Systems. The
initial NetLogo simulations provide additional value by being easily put into
web pages as applets." For more information, visit
- Sim2Web: Web-Enabling of Economic and Financial Simulations
- Paraphrased from the official Sim2Web website: Sim2Web is a
general framework for web-enabling economic and financial simulations
developed by Sergio Margarita and Michele Sonnessa (University of Torino,
Italy). Especially suited for agent-based models, the system is fully built
upon open-source software and well-known standards that ensure a high level
of generality. For more information, visit
- D-OMAR: Agent-Based Modeling Environment (Java and Lisp)
- D-OMAR provides a suite of open-source software tools to
support the development of simulation and agent-based systems operating in a
distributed computing environment. OmarJ is the new Java implementation of
D-OMAR, and OmarL is the new name for the original LISP implementation of
D-OMAR. OmarJ provides most of the features of OmarL with significant
enhancements, including a much improved external communication layer that
uses Jini for inter-node communication, and the ability to break out of
simulation mode and run agents in a non-time-controlled environment.
Developed by BBN Technologies (A Verizon Company), the D-OMAR project is
sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory. For more information, visit
- Quicksilver: Agent-Based Simulation Environment (Java)
- From the developer (Jan Burse, Zurich): "The goal of quicksilver
is to provide a simple environment that allows the quick development and
testing of agent models. The idea is that quicksilver cooperates with the
Java environment in that it delegates the development of agent types and
viewers to Java. Quicksilver itself then provides the editing of a so-called
model tree, which contains instances of agent types. The model tree can be
navigated and stepped. In both cases the viewers come into play." For more
- Newton Basins (On-Line)
- Nonlinear equations F(x)=0 typically have multiple solutions x.
Newton's method for finding solutions to nonlinear equations is a successive
approximation technique with the property that different starting points can
converge to different solutions. A Newton basin is a set of starting
points for Newton's method that all lead to one particular solution. It
turns out that Newton basins are "fractals" in the complex plane with
beautifully intricate boundaries that can be visualized by applying distinct
colorations to starting points converging to distinct solutions (or to no
solution). David E. Joyce (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,
Clark University, Worcester, MA) maintains an interactive website where
interested parties can create and view images of Newton basins. The site is
- Pennylender: An eBay for Lenders and Borrowers (Java)
- The goal of the Pennylender project is to create a Web-based
service that will allow any individual to loan/borrow money in a
self-contained community-based network, irrespective of economic status,
location, or age and without the interference of a central controlling bank.
The project is registered under SourceForge. The project developers are
actively seeking researchers experienced in agent-based modeling to
participate in project development and testing. For more information, visit
- SimSeg: Residential Segregation Simulator (WinDesktop and Java
- Mark Fossett (Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University) has
developed SimSeg, an interactive software program that simulates the
dynamics of residential segregation by ethnic and socioeconomic status.
Program files and documentation files for downloading, installing, and
running SimSeg are available at
In addition, Fossett has developed a more limited Java applet version of the
SimSeg program called SimSeg Lite that can be run on-line via a java-enabled
browser. SimSeg Lite is accessible at
- Winner's Curse Applet
- Mike Shor (Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, TN) has developed an applet that permits users to experimentally
explore the well-known "winner's curse" problem in common-value auctions.
The Winner's Curse is the observation that winners in such auctions typically
turn out to pay too much relative to true valuation. They win because they
are overly optimistic. For information about (and access to) the applet,
- Geometrix Pix Gallery
- David E. Joyce (Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Clark
University, Worcester, Massachusetts) maintains a gallery of pictures, all
related to geometry and some related to chaos. Examples include
Mandelbrot and Julia sets, kaleidoscopes, wallpaper groups, Bowditch
patterns, roulettes, and hyperbolic tilings. The gallery can be accessed at
- Computational Finance and Economics
- From an announcement by Edward Tsang (University of Essex, U.K.): The
Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA) is an
interdisciplinary laboratory-based centre located at the University of Essex.
CCFEA is a showcase for cutting-edge computational and evolutionary methods
to simulate artificially intelligent agents in markets and other complex
economic environments. Students pursuing the new CCFEA MScs and the
established CCFEA Doctoral Program leading to a Ph.D. in Computational
Finance will receive rigorous training in the principles of quantitative
finance and microeconomics along with computational skills. For more
- Game Theory
- Mike Shor (Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, TN) maintains a resource portal titled GameTheory.Net for
educators and students of game theory. Resources available at this
award-winning site include games, lecture notes, textbook reviews,
interactive materials, quizzes and tests, game theory in movies and music,
game theory in the popular press, and a glossary of game theory concepts. The
site can be accessed at
Course and Program Information
ACE Course (Tesfatsion, Iowa State University):
- Leigh Tesfatsion (Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA)
regularly offers an undergraduate course (Econ 308) on
Agent-Based Computational Economics.
The primary objective of the course is to introduce, motivate, and explore
through concrete applications the potential usefulness of ACE for the study
of economic processes. Course topics include: introduction to ACE (simple
market illustrations); design and conduct of experiments using ACE
computational laboratories (hands-on experience); learning and the embodied
mind; agent learning representation; the Santa Fe Artificial Stock Market
Model; economic networks; economic processes with strong learning/network
effects (labor market illustrations); and an ACE real-world application
(reliability study of a market design proposed for restructured U.S.
wholesale power markets). This course has specifically been designed as a
self-study eBook to facilitate long-distance learners. Each topic area
includes annotated pointers to key readings, individual researchers, research
groups, research area resource sites; interactive computer demos, and
ACE Course (LeBaron, Brandeis University):
- Blake LeBaron (International Business School, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA) has prepared a graduate course (Econ 326f) titled
This course is a "hands-on" course with computer exercises and problem sets
as the basic learning tool. The primary emphasis of the course is on
financial applications of agent-based modeling, but other topics are
considered depending on the background interests and demands of the students.
Agent-Based and Computer Intensive Modeling (Kollman, Page, and Riolo,
University of Michigan):
- As part of the
ICPSR Summer School sessions
on quantitative methods for social scientists, Ken Kollman, Scott Page, and
Rick Riolo (all at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) have prepared a
series of lectures for a seminar titled
"Nonlinear Systems: Agent-Based and Computer-Intensive Modeling."
From the course description: "These lectures will give an introduction to
recent approaches in computer modeling of complex social systems, comparing
them to more traditional mathematical (analytical) approaches and to the
previous generation of computer simulations in the social sciences. In
addition to describing the methods and techniques of this modeling approach,
a number of social science applications will be reviewed and analyzed.
Students will also be able to run and carry out experiments with
implementations of several of the models discussed in the lectures."
ACE Approach to Macro Coordination (Tesfatsion, Iowa State University):
- Leigh Tesfatsion (Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA) has
prepared a five-week module titled
for presentation in a Ph.D. Advanced Macro Topics course. The
following topics are covered: (1) Walrasian Equilibrium: A Benchmark of
Coordination Success?; (2) Expectations and Time Consistency Issues; (3)
Post-Walrasian Macroeconomics; (4) A Constructive Approach to
Macroeconomic Coordination. Topic (4) specifically introduces and
illustrates the ACE approach to macro coordination issues.
ACE/Evolutionary Games Courses (Fagiolo, Sant'Anna School of Advanced
- Giorgio Fagiolo (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy)
has developed two undergraduate courses on
Agent-Based Models in Economics and Evolutionary Games.
Agent-Based Electronic Commerce (Stone, University of Texas):
- Peter Stone (Computer Science, University of Texas, Austin) has developed
a course (CS395T) titled
Agent-Based Electronic Commerce.
This course focuses on topics at the intersection of computer science
(including multiagent systems and machine learning), economics, and game
theory. In particular, it explores economic mechanisms of exchange suitable
for use by automated intelligent agents. It begins with the relatively
traditional approaches in game theory and mechanism design in which economic
mechanisms are evaluated and analyzed with simple, straightforward agent
bidding strategies. Extensive attention is then paid to the creation of
sophisticated bidding strategies given a fixed economic exchange mechanism.
Behavioral Game Theory (Crawford, UC San Diego):
- Vince Crawford (Economics, University of California at San Diego)
has prepared a syllabus for a graduate course (Economics 201A) on
Behavioral Game Theory.
From the course description: "(This course) will discuss the leading
alternative approaches to analyzing strategic behavior -- noncooperative game
theory, cooperative game theory, evolutionary game theory, and adaptive
learning models -- focusing on games with symmetric information. There are
two main goals: (i) to introduce the leading approaches and the modeling
issues they address; and (ii) to examine their performance in the light of
empirical evidence on strategic behavior, in the hope of moving closer to the
kind of understanding needed to analyze strategic interactions in economics
and related fields."
Business Complexity (Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago):
- Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago, IL) offers a course with a
focus on business applications titled
Capturing Business Complexity with Agent-Based Modeling and
Simulation: Useful, Usable, and Used Techniques.
The course features an intensive series of lectures and hands-on
laboratories to introduce the foundational ideas and tools of agent-based
modeling and simulation (ABMS). Illustrative examples include supply chains
and market models.
Chaos and Complexity (Brock, University of Wisconsin):
- Buz Brock (Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison) has
developed a graduate course Econ 606 titled
New Trends in Economic Theory (pdf).
The unifying topics and tools of the course are: (1) stochastic dynamic
systems theory; (ii) self-organization theories of the Santa Fe Institute
variety; and (iii) econometric methods that stress heterogeneity. Topics
covered include dynamical systems approaches to learning and to the design of
experiments, recent work on systems with multiple time scales and multiple
"spatial" scales, and a detailed contrast and comparison of different methods
of presenting "stylized facts." The purpose of the course is to bring
students to the research frontier in chaos and complexity theory as well as
to inform them of recent empirical applications and open research problems.
Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences (Axelrod, University of
- Robert Axelrod (School of Public Policy Studies, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor) has developed a graduate course (PS 793) titled
Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences.
This course considers a wide variety of applications of agent-based models to
the social sciences, including residential segregation, revolution, social
influence, urban growth, war, alliances, organizational change, elections,
and stock markets.
Computation and Market Mechanism (Suri and Wolski, UCSB):
- Subhash Suri and Rich Wolski (Computer Science UCSB, CA) have
developed a course (CS-595J) titled
Computation and Market Mechanism.
This course focuses on market-based methodologies, both for distributed
resource allocation and Internet-based commerce. These applications involve
self-interested agents, and thus economic and game theoretic issues play
an important role. Topics covered (many with linked readings) include
various market formulations and their realizations in different settings, and
the algorithmic properties of various combinatorial auctions and commodity
Computational Economics (Rust, University of Maryland):
- John Rust (Economics, University of Maryland, College Park) has
developed a graduate course titled
The course is designed to give students tools for numerical dynamic
programming and the computation of related general equilibrium and
Computational Economics (Young, Florida State University):
- Eric Young (Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee) has
developed a graduate course (ECO 5408) titled
Computational Economics for Ph.D.s (pdf).
This course focuses on the solution of the optimal growth model, described as
the workhorse of modern macroeconomic theory. Within this framework, various
problems are examined (consumption and savings, portfolio choice, labor
supply,...) in environments in which the standard welfare theorems fail due
to taxation, market power, externalities, or incomplete asset markets. A key
objective is to see how certain features of a problem force different
computational solution techniques to be applied.
Computational Modeling of Organizations, Technology, and Society
(Carley, Carnegie Mellon):
- Kathleen Carley (Social and Decision Sciences Department, Carnegie
Mellon University, Pittsburgh). has prepared a course titled
Computational Modeling of Organizations, Technology, and Society (pdf).
This course teaches students how to design and analyze computational models
and how to evaluate the results of other computational models. Topics
covered include representation of groups, organizational structure,
communication, information and knowledge, technology, and task; tracing
information flow and belief changes; optimization models; canonical tasks;
performance measures; data capturing; virtual experiments; model docking;
levels and types of validation; and social Turing tests. Illustrative models
are drawn from recent publications in the areas of computational
organizational theory, computational sociology, and computational economics.
Computer Science, Game Theory, and Economics (Nisan, Hebrew
- Noam Nisan (Computer Science, Hebrew University, Israel) has prepared a
graduate seminar titled
Topics on the Border of Computer Science, Game Theory, and Economics.
The seminar consists of a series of topics offered by visiting speakers (most
with downloadable ppt slides). Sample topics include: auctions and
combinatorial auctions; frugal path mechanisms; incentive compatible
interdomain routing; statistical learnability and rationality of choice; and
graphical models in game theory.
Economics and Computation (Feigenbaum, Yale):
- Joan Feigenbaum (Computer Science, Yale University, New Haven) offers a
course CPSC455b titled
Economics and Computation.
This course is a mathematically rigorous ivestigation of the interplay of
economic theory and computer science with an emphasis on the relationship of
incentive compatability and computational efficiency. Particular attention
is paid to the formulation and solution of mechanism-design problems that are
relevant to data networking and Internet-based commerce. The course is
suitable for mathematically inclined advanced undergraduates and first- or
second-year graduate students in computer science, economics, or closely
Electronic Commerce (Shoham, Stanford):
- Yoav Shoham (Computer Science, Stanford University, CA) has developed a
graduate course (CS 206) titled
Technical Foundations of Electronic Commerce.
The course focuses on technological issues. Covered topics include
algorithms, data structures, complexity, software engineering, and other
computer science issues.
Electronic Commerce (Steinfield, Michigan State University):
- Charles Steinfeld (Telecommunications, Michigan State University, Ann
Arbor) has developed a course (TC 862) titled
Information Networks and Electronic Commerce.
Covered topics (with pointers to readings) include: theoretical foundations;
intermediation in electronic markets; business models for electronic
commerce; pricing; virtual communities and auctions; intelligent agents;
customer relationship management; Internet payments systems; and wireless
Evolution and Complexity in Business Research (Moore, Michigan Business
- Scott Moore (Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor) has prepared a graduate
course (CIS885) titled
Evolution and Complexity in Business Research.
The course explores several approaches to simulation, research, and
exploration that require the power of modern computers. The objective is to
gain a theoretical and hands-on understanding of multi-agent modelling
techniques potentially relevant for business application. Throughout the
course, the suitability of these techniques to business problems is examined.
Evolutionary Modelling of Technical Change and Economic Dynamics (Anderson
et al., Strasbourg):
Ph.D. course on evolutionary modelling
was offered in Strasbourg during October 12-15, 1998, led by Esben Andersen
(IKE, Aalborg), Giovanni Dosi (IIasa, Vienna), Patrick Llerena (BETA,
Strasbourg), Gerald Silverberg (MERIT, Maastricht), and Murat Yildizoglu
(BETA, Strasbourg). The course was arranged by the European Doctoral
Training Programme on the Economics of Technological and Institutional Change.
Games Economists Play (Delemeester and Brauer):
- Gred Delemeester (Marietta College, Ohio) and Jurgen Brauer
(Augusta State University, Georgia) maintain a resource site for instructors
of economics titled
Games Economists Play: Non-Computerized Classroom Games
for College Economics.
The bulk of this site consists of an extensively annotated and hyperlinked
compilation of more than 120 classroom games, most of which can be played
within one class period. The purpose of the games is to teach fundamental
microeconomic and macroeconomic principles.
Institutional Economics (Bowles, University of Massachusetts at Amherst):
- Samuel Bowles (Economics, UMass at Amherst, MA) has prepared a
graduate course (Econ 797) titled
Seminar in Theoretical Institutional Economics.
The seminar is an introduction to recent research - both theoretical and
empirical - concerning institutions and their evolution. It is designed for
those simply wanting a survey of this literature as well as for those
intending to do research in the area.
Internet Agent Economics (Greenwald, Brown University):
- Amy Greenwald (Computer Science, Brown University, Providence, RI)
has prepared a graduate course (CS295-5) titled
Internet Agent Economics.
This course is concerned with the use of game theory and economics as
frameworks in which to model the interactions of Internet agents. It covers
both the design of Internet agents and the design of Internet mechanisms in
which agents interact. Selected topics include web auctions, comparison
shopping, and automated negotiation.
Market Design (Cantillon and Roth, Harvard University):
- Estelle Cantillon and Al Roth (Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge)
have prepared a graduate course (Econ 2056/Business 2150) titled
This coures deals with the theory and practice of market design, with
prominent examples drawn from auctions and labor markets.
Microeconomics of Competition, Coordination, Cooperation, and Conflict
(Bowles, University of Massachusetts at Amherst):
- Samuel Bowles (Economics, UMass at Amherst, MA) has prepared a
graduate course (Econ 700) titled
The Microeconomics of Competition, Coordination,
Cooperation, and Conflict.
The course provides an introduction to fundamental microeconomic concepts
relevant to the generic problem of coordinating social interactions among
autonomous actors, with particular attention to conflict, competition,
collective action, and coordination failures in capitalist economies, and the
process of innovation and change in individual preferences and social
Network Theory (Newman, University of Michigan):
- Mark Newman (Physics and Complex Systems, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor) has prepared a graduate course (Complex Systems 535) titled
This course introduces and develops the mathematical theory of networks,
particularly social and technological networks. Applications are made to
important network-driven phenomena in epidemiology of human infections and
computer viruses, the Internet, network resilience, web search engines, and
Social Dynamics and Self-Organizing Systems (White, UC Irvine):
- Douglas White (Anthropology, UC Irvine, CA) has organized a course
(Anthro 179A) titled
Social Dynamics and Self-Organizing Systems.
This course focuses on the newly emergent sciences of complexity to study the
principles of self-organization of social systems. Fundamental principles of
complex adaptive systems are reviewed in the context of cutting edge research
ranging in topic from studies of Renaissance Florence to studies of
contemporary market systems.
Social Ecology and Evolutionism Course (Hughes, Chicago):
- In 1994 James Hughes (Changesurfer Consulting, Chicago) taught a
Social Ecology and Evolutionism
at the University of Chicago. The course is an introduction to the
ecological and evolutionary concepts that have influenced the social
sciences. Topics covered include: Introduction to Social Ecology; Hardware
and Software; Organizational Ecology and Evolution; Social Organicism and
Early Sociological Evolutionism; and Modern Social Ecology.
Master's Course on Computational Intelligence (U of Plymouth, UK):
- The School of Computing at the University of Plymouth in the United
Kingdom is offering a Master's course on
From the course description: "A unique Master's course, recognizing the
growing importance and synergistic power of neural and evolutionary
computation, and designed to place graduates at the cutting edge of one of
the most advanced fields in Information Technology."
Center for the Study of Complex Systems (University of Michigan, Ann
Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS)
at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers a
leading to a Graduate Certificate in Complex Systems. The CSCS also supports
a wide variety of other activities related to complex systems, including: a
weekly seminar series; research workshops; an annual symposium; and a
workshop in collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute.
Computational Economics (Rotterdam School of Economics, the Netherlands):
- The Department of Computer Science in the Rotterdam School of
Economics is offering within its master's degree programme, Informatics and
Economics, a unit titled
The aim of this programme unit is to train students to analyze complex
economic problems using computational modelling tools from computer science.
The economic problems are within quantitative domains such as finance,
marketing, and logistics. The modelling tools are so-called intelligent
techniques that originated during the last decades in the fields of
artificial and computational intelligence.
Human-Computer Interaction Graduate Program (Iowa State University,
- From the program website: "The study of the relationship between humans
and increasingly powerful, portable, interconnected and ubiquitous computers
is becoming one of the most dynamic and significant fields of technical
investigation. The Interdepartmental Graduate Major in Human Computer
Interaction is an interdisciplinary training program created to provide
advanced training and foster research excellence in Human Computer
Interaction at Iowa State University." Both an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Human
Computer Interaction are offered. For more information, visit
Modeling Program (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor):
- From the
Modeling Program Web site:
"The University of Michigan offers unrivaled opportunities to pursue graduate
work in formal modeling in the context of a full service Department of
Political Science. The Modeling Program consists of five core faculty
(Robert Axelrod, Kenneth Kollman, Scott Page, Jenna Bednar, James Morrow) and
seven affiliated faculty. Together, their specialties include all forms of
modeling, both rational choice and adaptation. The curriculum is designed to
teach not only the techniques of modeling, but the role of modeling in
empirical research. Among the techniques taught in depth are both deductive
game theory (including institutional analysis, bargaining and public choice),
and computational modeling (including agent-based and evolutionary models)."
Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (University of Amsterdam):
- The Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF)
is a multi-disciplinary research institute started in 1998 and located at
the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam.
Research topics addressed by CeNDEF participants include: endogenous
fluctuations; bounded rationality; expectation formation and learning,
evolutionary dynamics, bifurcations and chaos, nonlinear time series
analysis, and nonlinear prediction methods. For more information, visit
Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School:
- The Complex Systems Summer School held annually each June at the
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, is an intensive
introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical and living systems
for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Tuition is waived for
graduate students and postdocs who attend the full program. Postdocs are
charged half of the cost for room and board. Travel assistance is not
available. The first week of the school typically consists of toolkit
courses and lectures to acquaint students with some of the theoretical tools
they will need for research in complex systems. During each of the second,
third, and fourth weeks there are typically lecture courses with lectures in
the morning followed by selected seminars in the afternoons. Generally there
is also time set aside for students to work on projects and to self-organize
into working groups on particular topics.
- The deadline for applications is typically set at around February
7th of each year for the subsequent summer course. In past years,
applicants have been asked to provide a current resume with a publications
list, a statement of current research interests, comments about why the
applicant wants to attend the school, two letters of recommendation from
scientists who know the applicant's work, and complete applicant address
information (including email and fax number). Applicants have been requested
to send their complete application packages by postal mail to: Summer
School, Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
87501, Tel: 505-984-8800, ext 235 (v); 505-982-0565. Incomplete application
packages are generally not considered. If you are interested in applying for
the next Complex Systems Summer School, it would be wise to first obtain
up-to-date information about current application requirements either at the
Complex Systems Summer School Home Page,
or by sending an email request to
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