You’re invited to a seminar with Sérgio Pequito on Monday, April 28th, 2014! The seminar will be held in EIT-3142 from 3pm-4:30pm.

The title of the lecture is A Framework for Structural Input/Output and Control Configuration Selection of Large-Scale Systems – the abstract and speaker biography are below. Hope to see you there!

Abstract:

The […]

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Marcin Jakubowski, the founder of Open Source Ecology, will be visiting the University of Waterloo on Thursday, May 15th at 6pm to give his talk, entitled “Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy”.

To read more about his upcoming talk, or to register, please visit the event page here. […]

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Speaker: Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D.
Title: Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy
Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 6pm-8pm

A video of the presentation can be found below.

 

Abstract:

Where consumption has become our major daily activity, we rarely ask what it means to ‘produce’ something. Open, collaborative […]

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Communitech DATA.BASE, a program funded by FedDev Ontario, Communitech and industry collaborators, was established to develop leading-edge initiatives related to the data services market in southern Ontario. DATA.BASE explores innovative ways to gather, transfer, analyze, fuse and visualize data in various vertical markets.

To continue the development and growth […]

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WICI core member and director Dawn Parker has received new grant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) via the Digging into Data Challenge (DiD). Read all about the technical elements of this research, and find out about related workshops, here.

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The fifth installment of the CCC Briefs, titled, What is Power in the Global Climate Negotiations?, is now available here.

What does it mean to be powerful in the UNFCCC process and who holds the most power? Different definitions of power can result in very different assessments, leading and possibly misleading the […]

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Glenn Smith

On December 27, 2011 By

Glenn Smith, P.Eng., is a University of Waterloo Engineering graduate. In his role as Director, Project Management at Communitech, Glenn draws on 20+ years of experience in broad business and technology development and commercialization with two University of Waterloo spin-off companies (Advanced Scientific Computing, Biomedical Photometrics), Institute National d’Optique (INO), Ontario Centers […]

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Clayton Dasilva

On October 29, 2011 By

Clay Dasilva is currently a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012. His research broadly focuses on the interactions between society, technology and ecology, in particular the governance of innovations that permit the decoupling of […]

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Milton Friesen

On September 6, 2011 By

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. He has had diverse leadership and research experience that includes local and national non-profit contexts, elected municipal service, corporate communications work, undergraduate […]

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Sami Houry

On October 20, 2012 By

Sami Houry is a senior research officer and project manager with the Office of Institutional Studies at Athabasca University. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Toronto (1997), an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000), and a Certified Marketing Research Professional designation from the Marketing Research and […]

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John Lang

On December 4, 2012 By

John Lang is currently completing a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Hans De Sterck. His work entails studying how mathematical modelling of human interaction and decision making over social networks might provide insight into the development and evolution of social […]

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Michael Lawrence

On October 25, 2011 By

Michael Lawrence’s work applies concepts from the complexity science literature to the study of conflict and security. He focuses on the relationship between conflict, insecurity and development, particularly on the ways in which armed violence generates complex patterns of social organization. Michael’s M.A. Thesis used thermodynamics and complex adaptive systems theory to provide […]

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Kirsten Robinson

On August 30, 2011 By

Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General Award winning architect Phillip Beesley’s Hylozoic Soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennial. As an engineer, she has worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste cellulose, […]

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Ola Tjornbo

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Ola Tjornbo completed his undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history and literature at Peterhouse Cambridge. He then worked in farming and the wine industry before returning to university in 2006 in Stockholm. At Stockholm he continued to explore the relationship between man and nature in his MSci in […]

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Madhur Anand

On March 9, 2012 By

Madhur Anand, WICI Director and Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, is an ecologist with broad research interests in natural and human-induced changes in terrestrial ecosystems at local and global scales and their implications for sustainability. She has a particular interest and expertise in complex […]

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Chris Bauch

On September 18, 2012 By

Chris Bauch is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He studies epidemiological and ecological systems with a particular emphasis on evaluating interventions such as vaccines. He is particularly interested in coupling models of human behaviour with models of disease dynamics or ecological dynamics. Examples of research […]

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Keith Hipel

On August 30, 2011 By

Keith Hipel is University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he is Coordinator of the Conflict Analysis Group. He is President of the Academy of Science within the Royal Society of Canada, Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Fellow of the Balsillie School of […]

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Thomas Homer-Dixon

On August 30, 2011 By

Thomas Homer-Dixon, WICI Founding Director, currently serving as Associate Director,  is the CIGI Chair in Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and Professor in Faculties of Environment and Arts at the University of Waterloo. He received his B.A. in political science from Carleton University in 1980 […]

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Dawn Parker

On August 30, 2011 By

Dawn Parker  is Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the development of fine-scale models that link the drivers of land-use change and their socioeconomic and ecological impacts, with completed and ongoing projects on organic agriculture in California’s Central Valley, timber […]

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Stephen Quilley

On October 21, 2011 By

Stephen Quilley, WICI Director of Development, is an Associate Professor in Social Innovation Generation and the Department of Environment and Resource Studies in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Steve is technically a sociologist, having worked previously at University College Dublin (1999-2005) and the ESRC Centre for Research on […]

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Paul Thagard

On August 30, 2011 By

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy and advisor for the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph. D. in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S. in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of […]

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Frances Westley

On August 30, 2011 By

Frances Westley is JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at University of  Waterloo, where she heads up Social Innovation Generation (SiG), a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada.

Before joining University of Waterloo in 2007 she was Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at […]

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Brian Arthur

On August 30, 2011 By

W. Brian Arthur is an External Faculty Member at the Santa Fe Institute and Visiting Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at PARC (formerly Xerox Parc). He holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley in Operations Research, and has other degrees in economics, engineering and mathematics. From 1983 to 1996 he was Morrison […]

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Rob Axtell

On August 30, 2011 By

Rob Axtell is Department Chair of the new Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C. USA) and a founding member of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics there. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from […]

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Yaneer Bar-Yam

On August 30, 2011 By

Yaneer Bar-Yam is Founding President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT in 1978 and 1984, respectively. He has been engaged in the education of complex systems concepts to academic, executive and professional audiences with over 2,000 graduates of his courses nationally and […]

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Mike Batty

On August 30, 2011 By

Mike Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). From 1990 to 1995, he was Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo.

From 1979 until 1990, he […]

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Eric Beinhocker

On August 30, 2011 By

Eric Beinhocker is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s INET@Oxford research program (Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford), a member of the Said Business School at Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of Economics at Central European University. He has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.S. […]

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Dong Eui Chang

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Dong Eui Chang received the B.S. degree in control and instrumentation engineering and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering, both from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2002. He is currently […]

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Monica Cojocaru

On August 7, 2012 By

Monica Cojocaru is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics & Statistics Department at the University of Guelph. She completed her BSc and MSc in Mathematics at the University of Bucharest (Romania) and her PhD in Mathematics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre […]

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Neil Craik

On August 30, 2011 By

Neil Craik is Acting Director (2011) and an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches and researches in the fields of Canadian and international environmental law. Prior to his appointment at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Craik was an Associate Professor […]

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Peter Deadman

On August 30, 2011 By

Peter Deadman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

His current research interests are focused on geographic information systems, modelling and simulation, watershed management, deforestation, climate change, […]

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Hans De Sterck

On November 27, 2012 By

Hans De Sterck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His area of research is computational mathematics and scientific computing, with applications to problems in science, engineering and technology. A recent research focus is to develop models and algorithms for graph and […]

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Niall Douglas

On November 18, 2012 By

Niall Douglas is Principal Architect in Boost C++ libraries at MaidSafe, a secure distributed anonymous cryptocurrency driven cloud storage startup, formerly with BlackBerry’s Platform Development group on the UW campus. He holds two undergraduate degrees, one majoring in Software Engineering from the University of Hull (2000), the other double majoring in Economics and Management from the University of St. Andrews […]

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Claude Dugay

On August 30, 2011 By

Claude Dugay is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Prior to returning to Waterloo in fall 2006, he held faculty positions with the University of Ottawa (1989-1996), Université Laval (1996-2002), and the University of Alaska […]

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J Doyne Farmer

On August 30, 2011 By

J. Doyne Farmer co-directs the programme on complexity economics, which is part of the INET@Oxford research institute. Farmer arrived in Autumn 2012 from the Santa Fe Institute.

He has broad interests in complex systems, and has done research in dynamical systems theory, time series analysis and theoretical biology. His main interest is in […]

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Bill Flanik

On October 27, 2011 By

B.A. (Political Science), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002; Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Toronto, 2013. Dr. Flanik is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado Mesa University, where he teaches a broad range of courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Technology Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies. His research and teaching interests are in […]

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Carl Folke

On August 30, 2011 By

Carl Folke  is Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, one of the collaborating partners of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He served as Deputy Director of the Beijer Institute 1991-1996 and Director of Stockholm University’s […]

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Ian Goldin

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Ian Goldin took up his current position as Director of the Oxford Martin School in September 2006. He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. In addition to being […]

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Matthew Hoffman

On August 30, 2011 By

Matthew Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the George Washington University. His research and teaching interests include global governance, climate change politics, complexity theory, and agent-based […]

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Ed Jernigan

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Ed Jernigan is a professor and former chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He joined Waterloo in 1976 after completing his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research focuses on developing quantitative models of both image formation […]

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Stuart Kauffman

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Stuart Kauffman graduated from Dartmouth in 1960, was awarded the BA (Hons) by Oxford University in 1963, and completed a medical degree (M.D.) at the University of California, San Francisco in 1968. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine, he moved into developmental genetics of the fruitfly, holding appointments first at the […]

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Eric Lambin

On March 16, 2012 By

Eric Lambin is a George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment. He is affiliated with the Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University. He received his Baccalaureate, Master in Sciences and PhD in Sciences, from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

His research is in the […]

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Hassan Masum

On October 21, 2011 By

Hassan Masum is a policy and technology strategist. He was a team leader in the Ethical, Social, and Cultural Program for the international Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, and has worked as an engineer, scientist, foresight specialist, consultant, and global health innovator.

Hassan co-edited The Reputation Society (MIT Press, 2012), and […]

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Dan McCarthy

On August 30, 2011 By

Dan McCarthy is a faculty member with Social Innovation Generation, the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience as well as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. His interdisciplinary academic background has focused on exploring the utility of complex systems-based approaches to understanding and intervening in linked social, […]

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John McLevey

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John McLevey is an Assistant Professor in Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, with cross-appointments to Sociology and Legal Studies, and Environment and Resource Studies. He has a PhD (2013) in Sociology from McMaster University.

His current research uses network analysis to examine (1) how cross-sectoral collaborations shape the development of […]

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Matto Mildenberger

On October 31, 2011 By

Matto Mildenberger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on comparative climate policy and dynamics of public climate and energy opinions. Matto’s work explores, in part, the applications of complex systems theory to political science and environmental policy analysis. He has a […]

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Manjana Milkoreit

On March 14, 2012 By

Manjana Milkoreit is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative at ASU’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research focuses on the role of cognition in climate change politics, and more generally the way cognitive processes such as imagination or scientific knowledge impact the search for and implementation of solutions to […]

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Steve Mock

On August 30, 2011 By

Steven J Mock is Research Director of the Ideological Conflict Project of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. He completed his Ph.D. in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He is a former chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) […]

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Jukka-Pekka Onnela

On June 19, 2012 By

Jukka-Pekka Onnela is Assistant Professor at the Department of BiostatisticsHarvard School of Public HealthHarvard University. He obtained his doctorate at the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 2006, where his dissertation received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the university. Prior to joining Biostatistics, he […]

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Stephen J. Purdey

On November 22, 2011 By

Stephen James Purdey is an International Relations (IR) specialist (PhD University of Toronto). His academic work focuses on the evolution of new forms of global governance to meet current socio-ecological challenges. Publications include “Economic Growth, the Environment and International Relations: The Growth Paradigm” (Routledge 2010) and “The Normative Root of the Climate Change […]

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Felix Reed-Tsochas

On March 16, 2012 By

Felix Reed-Tsochas is James Martin Lecturer in Complex Systems at the Saïd Business School, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Complexity, and a Fellow of Green Templeton College.

Felix is also a founding Co-Director of the CABDyN Complexity Centre, where CABDyN   stands for Complex Agent-Based Dynamic Networks. CABDyN was launched in 2003 to […]

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Derek Robinson

On May 7, 2012 By

Derek Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. His research interests lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle. He uses agent-based modelling to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate the effects of socio-economic […]

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Marten Scheffer

On August 30, 2011 By

Marten Scheffer (1958) currently leads the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group at Wageningen University. He is interested in unraveling the mechanisms that determine the stability and resilience of complex systems.

Although much of his work has focused on the ecosystems of lakes, he has also worked with a range of scientists […]

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Lee Smolin

On August 30, 2011 By

Lee Smolin is a founding member and research physicist at the Perimeter Institute  For Theoretical Physics. Professor Smolin received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in  1979 from Harvard University, and held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, The Institute for Theoretical Physics (now Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics) […]

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Robert Spekkens

On December 14, 2011 By

Robert Spekkens is a theoretical physicist who works on the foundations of quantum theory. He attended McGill University, pursuing a joint program in Physics and Philosophy and then completed an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Toronto. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical […]

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Leah Stokes

On November 3, 2011 By

Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She completed her PhD in Public Policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Environmental Policy & Planning group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also received a masters from […]

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Shreyas Sundaram

On September 13, 2011 By

Shreyas Sundaram is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009 to […]

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Leigh Tesfatsion

On August 30, 2011 By

Leigh Tesfatsion is a Professor of Economics, Mathematics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Department of Economics, Iowa State University. She received her Ph.D. degree in economics, with a minor supporting program in mathematics, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1975.

Her current research focuses on Agent-based Computational Economics (ACE), the […]

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Mark Tovey

On November 4, 2011 By

Mark edited Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (EIN Press, 2008), he is Co-Editor (with Hassan Masum) of The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions are Reshaping the Offline World (MIT Press, 2011), and was editor of WorldChanging Canada from 2006–2010. Mark’s passions lie in […]

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Jan Wouter Vasbinder

On June 1, 2012 By

Jan Wouter Vasbinder (1945) is founding president of the Institute Para Limes, which he initiated in 2003. He moved to Singapore in August 2011 to become  director of the Complexity Program at the Nanyang Technological University at Singapore. Vasbinder studied physics at the Technical University of Delft (1972). He started his […]

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