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Complexity Science – I

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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The involvement in complex systems is a basic condition of modern life. Which scientific approaches exist to make more robust predictions concerning the development in complex, dynamic systems? And what are the possible applications for complex planning and production processes?

Speakers

Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe Abstract
I will argue, through a few examples, that an emphasis on connecting many aspects of complex and large problems is often a necessary condition to making them simpler and more tractable in practice. Research in complex systems that follows these strategies, supported by increasingly available data and new information technologies, is allowing us to understand better, for example, how different cities, neighborhoods or even people express similar dynamics in different places, but also how they differ, leading to more successful but also culturally more integrated solutions.
This suggests new forms of (urban) planning and policy that emphasize the coordination of information and agency at different levels of organization, from citizens to civic and economic organizations and governments. I will give examples of these processes both in developed and developing parts of the world from my work. Ultimately, complex systems' research on human societies emphasizes new possibilities fir civic participation and for more responsive and effective government.
Assistant Professor, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna Chair

Ph.D. Luís M. A. BETTENCOURT

Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe

1992-1996 Imperial College, University of London London, UK
1996 Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics December 1996.
1996-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University Heidelberg, Germany
1997-2001 Slansky Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow and Director s Postdoctoral Fellow, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM, USA
2000-2003 Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA, USA
2003-2005 Research Scientist, Computer and Computational Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM, USA
since 2005 Scientist 4, Theoretical Division - T-5 (Applied Mathematics), Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM, USA
since 2007 External Professor and Research Faculty (part-time), Santa Fe Institute Santa Fe, NM, USA
since 2011 Professor, Santa Fe Institute

Ph.D. Peter KLIMEK

Assistant Professor, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna

2000 Higher education entrance qualification (honors)
2000-2007 Master program in theoretical physics at the University of Vienna (honors)
2006-2007 Diploma Thesis at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Supervisor: Caslav Brukner
2007-2009 Research associate, Complex Systems Research Group, MU Vienna
2007-2010 PhD in natural sciences, physics (honors), University of Vienna. Advisor: Stefan Thurner
2010-2011 Research Associate at IIASA, XEvents Program, Laxenburg
2010-2011 Project Engineer at European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU FP7 projects iNTeg-Risk and Alfa-Bird), Stuttgart
2011-2014 Research Assistant, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna
since 2014 Assistant Professor, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna

Ph.D. Frank M. H. NEFFKE

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1997-2004 Master Econometrics, University of Amsterdam (honors)
2000-2004 Master Philosophy, University of Amsterdam (honors)
2004-2009 Ph.D. in Economic Geography, Utrecht University (honors)
2008-2012 Assistant professor, Applied Economics, Organisation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Erasmus University Rotterdam
since 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Mag. DDr. Stefan THURNER

Professor and Head, Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

1993 Magister rer.nat. (MS in Theoretical Physics), University of Vienna (honors)
1995 Dr.techn. (PhD in Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology (honors)
1995, 1996 Guest Researcher, Columbia University, New York
1996 Postdoctoral Position, Humboldt University, Berlin
1996-1997 Research Associate, Boston University, Boston
1998-1999 Postdoctoral Position, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
1999-2001 Tenure track position (Universitätsassistent), University of Vienna
2001 Dr.rer.soc.oec. (PhD in Financial Economics), University of Vienna (honors)
2001 Habilitation (Theoretical Physics), Vienna University of Technology
2001-2004 Associate Professor (a.o. Universitätsprofessor, tenure), University of Vienna
2004-2009 Associate Professor, Medical University Vienna
2007 Fellow, Collegium Budapest
since 2007 External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
since 2009 Full Professor for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University Vienna
since 2010 Senior Researcher, IIASA, Laxenburg
since 2015 Visiting Professor Nanyang Technologica University, Singapur
since 2015 President of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna
2017 Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford

Technology Symposium

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21.08.2014

10:00 - 12:30Technology BrunchSocial
13:00 - 13:10Opening of the Alpbach Technology Symposium 2014Plenary
13:10 - 14:00RTI Policy at the CrossroadsPlenary
14:00 - 15:45Industry 4.0 - The Next Industrial Revolution?Plenary
16:15 - 17:45Stanford, this Year's Special Guest at the Technology Symposium: Innovation and the Culture of FailurePlenary
20:00 - 21:30Us and Our Brains - Neuroscience at the CrossroadsPlenary
21:45 - 23:00Career LoungeSocial
21:45 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial

22.08.2014

09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 01: Technology - Global Market: Austrian Technologies for the Global MarketBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 02: Future Technology-Hotspots - Does Europe Stand a Chance?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 03: The Challenge of Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Successful CopingBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 04: Agile and Robust Supply Chains - How to Manage Volatility Across Your BusinessBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 05: Bioenergy - The Way to the Future or a Dead End?Breakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 06: The Cost of the City of the Future - Socio-Economic Aspects of Smart CitiesBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 07: Smart Energy: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Energy TransitionBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 08: Science in Society - How to Overcome a DisjunctureBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 09: IP Strategies in Enterprises: Challenges for IP Management and Innovation PolicyBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 10: How to Finance Research - Publicly or Privately? New Models for a Globalised WorldBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: Innovations in Acoustics: Future Trends in Industry and Modern LifeBreakout
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
16:00 - 16:45Digital UniversityPlenary
16:45 - 18:15Open Science - The Place of and for People in Our KnowledgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00Cities at the CrossroadsPlenary
20:00 - 22:00Urban Innovators Challenge - The Future of CitiesPartner

23.08.2014

09:00 - 10:30Complexity Science - IPlenary
10:30 - 11:15Complexity Science - IIPlenary
11:45 - 13:15Innovation at the Art Science InterfacePlenary
13:15 - 13:30Closing Statement of the Alpbach Technology SymposiumPlenary
13:30 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial