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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.

Pattern Discovery
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 will survey 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 Program. 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 Complexity 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.