Our 2005 Events

2005 Modeling Workshop

James Taylor conducted a two-day workshop (June 15 and 16, 2005) at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  The sessions provided participants with the opportunity to build models and explore complex systems with a hands-on approach. Attendees also explored more advanced concepts in simulation modeling with a focus on biological and ecological applications.

James Taylor serves as Chair and Director of the Computer Science & Technology Department at Santa Fe Preparatory School. He has facilitated complex systems modeling workshops for organizations including the Santa Fe Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has developed StarLogo models for over five years.  James is also a faculty leader for the National Science Foundation's ITEST Adventures in Modeling Program to develop StarLogo models and curriculum for use in K-12 and undergraduate education.

2005 Complex Systems Lecture Series

March 31-April 1, 2005
Dr. Kenneth Rose, Louisiana State University
Topics: "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: sounds simple, so why are fish populations so complex?" and "Fish Population Dynamics and Fisheries Management as Complex Systems"

April 7-8, 2005
Dr. Armand Prieditis, Lookahead Decisions Incorporated
Topics: "How Should We Make Decisions?" and " Making Decisions in Complex Systems"

April 15, 2005
Dr. Gottfried Mayer, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Univerist of Tuebingen, Germany, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Topics: "Fitness Landscapes and Stochastic Maps for Modeling Learning Dynamics" and "Time-scales in Learning at Different Levels of Complexity"

May 12-13, 2005
Helen Harte, RN, Director of Integrated Patient Safety/Risk Management for VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Topics: "Guessing Right: Making Decisions in Healthcare Organizations from a Complex Systems View" and "Learning to Work Comfortably in Complex Health Care Systems"

2005 Seminars

February 11
Brian Hickey, P.E., Chugach Electric Association, Inc
Solving the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Plant Small Signal Instability Problem

February 18
Al Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Anchorage
Lee Bontecou’s Eye: complexity in the service of seeing

February 25
Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, UAA Department of Logistics
Cybernetic Praxis in Business and Government

March 4
Dr. Don Walker, UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
Biocomplexity of Patterned Ground Systems in the Arctic

March 11
Dr. Lilian Alessa, UAA Department of Biological Sciences
Stability and Change in Coupled Social-Ecological Systems

April 22
Curtis Smith, Ph.D. candidate, Duke University
Evolution of Dispersal Distance with Emergent Pattern Formation