A May 23-25 short course at the University of New Mexico, “Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology from a Santa Fe Institute Perspective,” introduces professionals from many backgrounds to the complex interactions that underlie social, biological, and computer behavior. 

The program has no prerequisites and requires no background in mathematics or science.

The two-and-a-half day course is an immersive tour of the sciences of complexity, which seeks to explain from many scholarly perspectives how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among many individuals. Examples of complex systems include economies, ecosystems, conflict, the Internet, the spread of disease, and human social institutions.

During the course, participants explore the broad realm of complex systems science, including dynamics and chaos, networks, evolution, and agent-based modeling. They also learn to use these tools to understand complexity in biological, economic, social, and technological systems.

Exploring Complexity is specifically designed for professionals, students, managers and policy-makers in business and government, non-profit staff, industrial R&D staff, medical and education professionals, social workers, journalists, university faculty, and others who want to explore and apply this new interdisciplinary scientific approach to complex systems in their own lives.

SFI External Professor Melanie Mitchell created and leads the course. Lectures will be given by Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates.

Registration deadline: May 12, 2011 (register here)

Location: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico


     General: $1,200
     Faculty/postdocs: $800
     Full-time students: $500

For more information, email education@santafe.edu or visit our website.