Dynamics of Learning—Mathematical Foundations
This workshop intends to bring together experts in abtract dynamical
systems, nonlinear and statistical physics, statistical inference, and
neuroscience to explore the foundations of a dynamical theory of learning.
Particular focus will be on dynamical
and spatial embodiments of computation
and novel substrates for perceptual information processing. Sponsorsed by the Network
Dynamics Program, Dynamics of Learning Project, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Organized by James P. Crutchfield, Donald Glaser, and Stephen Smale. To be held at
the Santa Fe Institute, dates TBD.
Progress in analyzing the structure and dynamics of networked systems has
accelerated in recent years and is now driving applications to natural and
engineered networks. As a complement to this previous emphasis on network
analysis and synthesis, SFI's workshop on Pattern Discovery
and extend the state of the art in the statistical inferrence of network
structure using observational data about the dynamics of node subsystems.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the application of new techniques for
inferring causal architecture from data. All forms of networks, from abstract
dynamical systems to biochemical regulatory networks to telecommunications
systems and social networks are suitable for consideration.
Sponsorsed by the Network Dynamics Program, Dynamics of Learning Project,
and the Santa Fe Institute. Organized by James P. Crutchfield.
Jointly sponsored by the U.C. Davis Center for Computational Science and Engineering and the Santa Fe Instiute, dates TBD.
Collective Cognition: Mathematical Foundations of Distributed Intelligence
This workshop brought together researchers working on the mathematical foundations of collective
cognition to map out a research agenda for a science of distributed
intelligence. Sponsorsed by the Dynamics of Learning Project and the Santa Fe Institute.
Organized by James P. Crutchfield, Cosma Rohilla Shalizi, Kagan Tumer, and David H. Wolpert.
Location: Santa Fe Institute, 22-26 January 2002.
Structure and Dynamics of Complex Interactive Networks
This was the founding workshop for SFI's Network Dynamics
. It was, in fact, the first of a series of workshops and working
groups that seeks to explore the structure and dynamics of networks in a broad
range of natural and engineered systems. The series is intended to form the
intellectual core of a broad, multi- and transdisciplinary research program.
Initially the program was based at SFI and sponsored by Intel Corporation, but
it has now spread to many other institutions. The founding workshop invited a
group of roughly 30 senior and junior researchers from physics, mathematics, computer
science, biology, sociology, political science, and economics---all of whom
have displayed a significant interest in network structure and dynamics, but
whose backgrounds encompass a wide variety of methodologies and applications.
The format consisted of a small number of talks, aimed at a broad scientific
audience and followed by a significant discussion period, with ample time
allowed for informal interaction. The goal of the first workshop was
identifying common open problems, to communicate existing results and methods
between disciplines, and to explore the benefits of an interdisciplinary
approach to network behavior. The special issue Networks and
of the magazine Complexity
describes many of the topics covered at the foundingworkshop and supported by SFI's Network Dynamics Program.
Sponsorsed by the Santa Fe Institute and Intel Corporation.
Organizeed by James P. Crutchfield, Santa Fe Institute, and Duncan Watts, Columbia University.
Location: Santa Fe Institute, 10-12 August 2000.
Towards a Comprehensive Dynamics of Evolution: Exploring the Interplay of Selection, Neutrality, Accident, and Function
The workshop brought together researchers from different
disciplines as well as individuals of conflicting views on open problems
in order to stimulate and provoke multifocused discussions. One focus was
to synthesize conflicting views---such as those of
selectionists, neutralists, and structuralists or those of
macroevolutionists and microevolutionists---to shed new light on
our understanding of evolutionary dynamics. A primary goal was to
articulate a comprehensive dynamical theory that incorporates on
an equal footing structural constraints, variational attainability,
nonlinear population dynamics, neutrality, function, modularity, and
other constituent aspects of the evolutionary process.
Sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute. Organized by James P. Crutchfield, Santa Fe Institute, and
Peter Schuster, University of Vienna. Location: Held at the Santa Fe Institute, 5-9 October 1998.