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JUN 27

CSH Lecture by J. Stephen Lansing, NTU Singapore & CSH External Faculty, on "Islands of Order"

Palais Strozzi

Join us for a lecture by J. Stephen Lansing on "Islands of Order" on Tuesday, June 27, at 4:00 pm at the Hub.

Abstract: Not long ago, both ecology and social science were organized around ideas of stability. This view has changed in ecology, where nonlinear change is increasingly seen as normal, but not (yet) in social science. This talk describes two surprising discoveries about emergent cultural patterns in traditional Indonesian societies.

The first story is about the emergence of cooperation in Bali. Along a typical Balinese river, small groups of farmers meet regularly in water temples to manage their irrigation systems. They have done so for a thousand years. Over the centuries, water temple networks have expanded to manage the ecology of rice terraces at the scale of whole watersheds. Although each group focuses on its own problems, a global solution nonetheless emerges that optimizes irrigation flows for everyone. Did someone have to design Bali's water temple networks, or could they have emerged from a self-organizing process?

The second story is about language. In 1995 Richard Dawkins memorably described genes as a "River out of Eden", an unbroken connection between the first DNA molecules and every living organism. We are not accustomed to think of language in the same way. But we each speak a language that has been transmitted to us in an unbroken chain stretching back to the origin, not of life, but of our species. “Language moves down time in a current of its own making,” as Edward Sapir wrote in 1921. In a study of 982 tribesmen from 25 villages on the islands of Timor and Sumba, we use genetic information to seek patterns in the flow of 17 languages in deep time.

JUN 30

Talk by Abraham Hinteregger

Palais Strozzi

Join us for a talk by Abraham Hinteregger on June 30 at 2:15 pm in Seminar Room 101.

AUG 24-26

Managing Complex Systems, Alpbach Technology Symposium


26.08.2017, 09:00-10:30
Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal – European Forum Alpbach

The management of complex systems is one of the most urgent challenges for society, industry, and government – ranging from technology, production, transportation, finance, economy, to healthcare, medicine, and the environment. Essential for any monitoring and control is the capability to merge the understanding of the dynamics of complex systems with big relational data. In this panel, we want to discuss the tremendous potential and challenges of understanding complex systems for the benefit of society.

Simon Dedeo, Carnegie Mellon University & Santa Fe Instiute
Vittorio Loreto, Sapienza University Rome
Stefan Thurner, Medical University of Vienna; IIASA; Santa Fe Institute; President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Helga Novotny (Chair) Member, Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development; Former President, European Research Council; Chair, Science Advisory Board, Complexity Science Hub Vienna

OCT 2-3

CSH Workshop "Evolution of Social Complexity"

Palais Strozzi

OCT 19-20

CSH Workshop "Theory of sample space reducing and expanding processes"

Palais Strozzi

OCT 26

CSH Workshop WeCoS - Understanding the Web as a Complex System: Complexity Science meets Web Science

Palais Strozzi

OCT 31

CSH-CEU CNS Workshop

Palais Strozzi

This workshop brings together researchers from the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and the Center for Network Science at Central European University Budapest to discuss areas for joint cooperation.


MAY 24-25

CSH Annual Conference & Meeting External Faculty

Palais Strozzi

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