Introduction to ComplexityComplexity Explorer
What you'll learn on the course
Scaling in Biology
Virtual Field Trip
- What is Complexity?
- Dynamics and Chaos
- Information, Order, and Randomness
- Genetic Algorithms
- Cellular Automata
- Models of Biological Self-Organization
- Models of Cooperation in Social Systems
- Scaling in Biology and Society
- Wrapping Up; Virtual Field Trip
About the Instructor(s):
Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor and Member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author or editor of five books and over 70 scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems. Her most recent book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. It was also named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009, and was longlisted for the Royal Society's 2010 book prize.
Craig Daniels (Teaching Assistant) is in the middle of his Master of Mathematics degree at Portland State University. His coursework to date has focused on abstract math but this year he is focusing on applied math that would be useful in Machine Learning and Data Analysis. He is a founder of a Math Circle, where kids explore deep concepts in Math, at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and coached MathCounts last year. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, he completed a ME in Ocean Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Finance. He thinks Complexity Theory and the math behind it are exciting and wonderful.