A successful one-week short course on Complex Systems Beyond the Metaphor: Your Mathematical Toolset was held in the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics on Feb 5-9, 2007. It introduced the mathematical foundations and tools needed for a solid understanding of complex systems, an area often known for purely metaphorical or 'hand-waving' explanations.
Aiming at a mathematically literate audience (e.g. engineers, quantitative biologists, computer modellers), leading Australian experts presented intensive introductions to the essential topics of complex systems theory, including self-organization, nonlinear dynamical systems, cellular automata, networks and statistical learning.
The speakers were David Green (Monash), Bob Marks (UNSW), Bruce Henry (UNSW), David Hill (ANU), Janet Wiles (UQ) and Matt Wand (UNSW)
The course may be repeated at some time in the future. If you may be interested in attending or have any suggestions to make, please email James Franklin.
Participants may be interested in the forthcoming Complex'07 conference on the Gold Coast in July 2007 ... flyer
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Contact: Bruce Henry (UNSW)
During the week, students were challenged to attempt a small modelling project (download project). In groups of 2-4, participants had the opportunity to design and implement an agent-based model of the check-out area of a suburban supermarket.
Prizes were awarded in the following categories:
Models contributed by their authors are here:
COSNet, the ARC Complex Open Systems Research Network, links scientists in the physical, biological and social sciences to research and develop tools for the self-organization of complex non-equilibrium systems
MASCOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, conducts research on the mathematical and statistical modelling of complex systems. Its UNSW node is the local host of the course
AMSI, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, coordinates research, industry linkages and education initiatives in the mathematical sciences
Course participants at the AGSM
Presenters David Hill, Bob Marks, Bruce Henry and Janet Wiles with ICIAM President Ian Sloan