Summer Schools

Complex Systems Studies summer school group 2017

Each year the Centre for Complex Systems Studies offers a summer school for students worldwide. Through courses, computer simulations and mini-projects, the students get an inspirational introduction to complexity. The topics discussed in this programme are emergence, resilience, transitions and predictability.

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Programme of summer school 2018

Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht Science Park, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Lecture Room: Minnaertgebouw 4.16 (Activity room of the CCSS), Leuvenlaan 4, 3584 CE Utrecht
Practicals Room: Unnikgebouw 108, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht
Dates: August 27-31 2018
Coordinator: Prof. Kirsten ten Tusscher

Monday August 27 Theme Emergence

9.30-10.15 “A general introduction on complex systems”, dr. Qingyi Feng (slides)
10.15-10.45 Coffee
10.45-12.15 “Emergent patterns and evolution of complexity in biology”, prof. Paulien Hogeweg (slides)
12.15-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.30 “Models of social segregation” prof. Vincent Buskens (slides)
14.30-17.00 Practical on complexity in social systems prof. Vincent Buskens/Rense Cortens (download)

Tuesday August 28 Theme Resilience & Robustness

9.30-10.45: “Paleoclimate and climate sensitivity”, dr. Anna van der Heydt (slides)
10.45-11.15 : Coffee
11.15-12.30: “Endogeneous dynamics and resilience in the financial system”, dr. Giulia Piccolo (slides)
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-21.00: Bike tour and dinner at the pancake house in the forest

Wednesday August 29 Theme Transitions

9.30-10.45: “Innovation diffusion as a percolation process”, prof. Koen Frenken (slides)
10.45-11.15: Coffee
11.15-12.30: “Transitions in ecosystems”, prof. Max Rietkerk (slides)
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-16.30: Practical on pattern formation in ecosystems, dr Obbe Tuinenburg (download)

Thursday August 30 Theme Control & Predictability

9.30-10.45: “Prolonging limited predictability in chaotic systems”, prof. Jason Frank (slides)
10.45-11.15: Coffee
11.15-12.00: Introduction of the 4 hands-on-projects to choose from
project no.1: Vulture Foraging (download)
project no. 2: Economics of Climate Change (download)
project no. 3: Traffic Jam (download)
project no. 4: Synchronisation (download)
12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-16.00: Working on projects
16.00-17.00: Presentation of project work
17:00-18:00: Happy Hour

Friday August 31 Theme Applications

9.30-10.30: “A computational simulation model of human navigation in interactive
environments”, dr. Roland Geraerts (slides)
10.30-11.00: Coffee
11.00-12.00: “Networks of networks in logistics”, dr. Deb Panja
12.00-13.00: Lunch & Goodbye