The ISU Complex Adaptive Systems Seminar
- Fall 2003 Regular Meeting Time and Place:
- Mondays, 10-11:30, 1246 Howe Hall (unless
Fall 2003 Seminar Schedule and Information Page
ISU Graduate Minor in Complex Adaptive Systems
- Last Updated: 11 September 2003
- Site maintained by:
- Leigh Tesfatsion
- Department of Economics
Iowa State University
- Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
What are complex adaptive systems?
Many natural systems, and increasingly many artificial (man-made)
systems as well, exhibit complex global regularities that arise as the result
of interactions among distributed system components capable of some degree of
adaptation to their environment. Examples of such natural systems include
immune systems, nervous systems, multicellular organisms, ecologies, and
insect societies. Artificial systems sharing this property include parallel
and distributed computing systems, large-scale communication networks,
artificial neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, large-scale software
systems, and economies. Such systems are generally referred to as Complex
Adaptive Systems (CAS).
Researchers in a large number of disparate areas have begun to address
the analysis and synthesis of CAS through a combination of applied,
theoretical, and experimental methods. At ISU, for example, interest in such
systems has attracted the attention of faculty and students from a wide
variety of fields, including biology, computer science, economics,
engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, and psychology.
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About the CAS Seminar:
The ISU CAS Seminar, a descendant (with modification) of the
originally founded ISU Alife Workshop, has been held each semester since
1993. The seminar is open to all interested faculty and students. Please
contact Leigh Tesfatsion
if you would like to be added to the
CAS Seminar mailing list.
At each weekly meeting the discussion focuses on a specific CAS-related topic
led by an assigned seminar moderator. Selected readings are sometimes
distributed in advance. The current seminar schedule is linked at the top of
this web site. A listing of many of the
past seminar schedules,
is also available.
Background information on CAS can be obtained at the
Complex Adaptive Systems Group Web Page
maintained by Vasant Honavar (Computer Science, ISU). Extensive CAS-related
resources can also be accessed at a website on
Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE)
maintained by Leigh Tesfatsion (Economics, ISU). ACE is the specialization
to economics of the basic CAS paradigm. The CAS/ACE resources available at
the ACE website include surveys and other introductory materials, an
annotated syllabus of readings, course outlines, specific research area
resource sites, software, interactive computer demos, and pointers to
individual researchers and research groups.
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