[Comp-neuro] Deadline extension: March 21st, Complex Systems and Social Simulations Summer School, CEU

Laszlo Laufer lauferl at ceu.hu
Fri Mar 7 00:36:24 CET 2008

Extended Deadline: March 21st  - New scholarships -  New sponsors
Complex Systems and Social Simulations Summer Course
Central European University
July 7 - 18, 2008, Budapest, Hungary
Web site: http:// www.sun.ceu.hu/complex-systems/

- New scholarsihps available covering:
    Tuition fee
    Travel allowance (only for a limited number of students)

- Application deadline for scholarship applications:
March 21st, 2008

- New sponsors:
European Social Simulation Association http://www.essa.eu.org/
Wolfram Research http://www.wolfram.com/
Collegium Budapest http://colbud.hu/
Aitia International http://www.aitia.ai

- Topics:
CSS and Innovation, Social Networks, CSS in Political Science, CSS Tools with a Special 

Emphasis on Simulation, Bio-Inspired CSS Models, Efficient Studies of CSS: Supercomputers 

and Grids, Evolutionary Game Theory and Social Systems, CSS in Socio-Economics, CSS in 


- Course Directors:
Laszlo Gulyas, Collegium Budapest and AITIA Inc., Budapest, Hungary;
Gyorgy Kampis, Collegium Budapest and Eötvös University, Hungary

- Course Managers:
Laszlo Laufer, Central European University and Budapest University of Technology and 

Economics, Hungary (lauferl at ceu.hu)
Gyorgy Farkas, Eotvos University of Sciences, Hungary (gyfarkas at inf.elte.hu)

- Course Faculty:
Petra Ahrweiler, National Institute of Technology Management, UCD School of Business
Stefano Battiston, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Lars-Erik Cederman, ETH Zürich
Laszlo Gulyas, Collegium Budapest and AITIA Inc, Budapest
George Kampis, Collegium Budapest
Krzystof Kurowski, Poznanskie Centrum Superkomputerowo Sieciowe, Poznan
Scott Page, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Brescia, Italy
Klaus G. Troitzsch, University of Koblenz

- Target group:
MA and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, researchers and professionals. 

Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

- Course Summary:
The terms Complex Systems (CSs) denotes an inderdisciplinary research methodology currently 

successful in the social sciences and elsewhere. CS research originated from phyiscs and 

nonlinear systems some decades ago but its models have soon permeated distant fields as 

economy, political science or more recently sociology. As implied by the name, a CS is 

essentially a system of many complicated interactions. Complex Systems methodology has 

developed sophisticated yet well understood tools to cope with this challenge. In social 

systems the essence of CS is the characterization of the distributed dynamics of how the 

interaction of many actors and variables leads to predictable phenomena, that often involve 

hierarchy, emergence, dynamic structures and large scale transitions.

Each day in the course focuses on one tool of this encompassing methodology. CS methods 

include various mathematical models (nonlinear systems, networks, statistical approaches), 

computer simulations (e.g. systems dynamics, agent-based modeling). CS simulations are 

highly computation intensive and pose problems of supercomputing and parallelization.

The CSSS course offers lectures, tutorials and discussions on the whole spectrum of the 

above. Lectures are from leading experts, specifically focusing on CS concepts, modeling and 

(social) simulation, followed by discussion.

- The language of instruction: English

- Tuition fee: The 500 EUR/2 weeks.

- Application deadline:
For scholarship applicants: March 21, 2008;
For fee-paying applicants: May 30, 2008

Online application: https://online.ceu.hu/osun/osun (attachments to be sent via email to 

summeru at ceu.hu

For further information queries can be directed to the SUN offic

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