Science Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board advises the board and the president in all scientific matters and ensures the quality of the scientific activities at the Hub. The SAB was constituted in early 2016. Helga Nowotny was elected Chair of the SAB by the board for a three year term.

J. Doyne Farmer

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Luciano Floridi

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Home-page: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/floridi/

Luciano Floridi, Director of Research and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research of the Oxford Internet Institute. Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), The Philosophy of Information (2011). He is a member of the EU's Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”, and Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework.

Stephanie Forrest

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Home-page: http://www.cs.unm.edu/~forrest/

Stephanie Forrest is Regents Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a member of the Santa Fe Institute External Faculty.

In 2013-2014 she spent one year as a Senior Science and Technology Advisory to the U.S. Dept. of State working on cyber-policy. At UNM, she served as Dept. Chair (2006-2011). At SFI she has served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Co-Chair of the Science Board, and in 2013 she gave the SFI Ulam Lectures.

Forrest's research interests lie in the intersection of biology and computation, where she conducts projects on modeling evolutionary diseases such as influenza and cancer, developing immunological algorithms for computer security, pioneering new approaches to software engineering, and studying complex systems. She has received many awards and honors, including: the Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures (2013), the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award (2011), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991). She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

John Hogan

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Home-page: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/john-j-hogan/

John Hogan, Professor, Bristol Center for Complexity Sciences, University of Bristol

John Hogan is a professor of Applied Mathematics and leader of the "Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group" in the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol. He is known for his work in dynamics of piecewise linear systems and earthquake applications, nonlinear waves, liquid crystal dynamics, and mathematical modelling in medicine.

David Krakauer

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Home-page: http://www.santafe.edu/about/people/profile/David%20Krakauer

David Krakauer, President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute

David Krakauer is President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute.

David’s research explores the evolution of intelligence on earth. This includes studying the evolution of genetic, neural, linguistic, social and cultural mechanisms supporting memory and information processing, and exploring their generalities.

At each level David asks how information is acquired, stored, transmitted, robustly encoded, and processed. This work is undertaken through the use of empirically supported computational and mathematical models.

David served as the founding Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, and was Professor of mathematical genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

David has previously served as chair of the faculty and a resident professor and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

David has been a visiting fellow at the Genomics Frontiers Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, a Sage Fellow at the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of Santa Barbara, a long-term Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and visiting Professor of Evolution at Princeton University.

In 2012 Dr. Krakauer was included in the Wired Magazine Smart List as one of 50 people "who will change the World."

In 2016 Krakauer was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s visionary Leaders advancing global research and business.

Manfred D. Laubichler

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Home-page: https://sols.asu.edu/people/manfred-laubichler

Manfred Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University.

At ASU he serves as director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and Associate Director of the Origins Project. He also leads the international collaboration with Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany as director of the ASU-Leuphana Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation.

Besides his appointments at ASU, Laubichler is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and at the KLI: An Institute for Advanced Study in Natural Complex Systems in Klosterneuburg, Austria; A Visting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany; and an Adjunct Scientist at the Marinbe Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

He is an editor of Theory in Biosciences; associate editor of Biological Theory and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, Archive for the History of the Exact Sciences, Archimedes, and the Max Planck Research Library.

His undergraduate training was in zoology, philosophy and mathematics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and his graduate training was in biology at Yale and in History/History of Science at Princeton.

Main Research Areas are:

  • "Developmental Evolution", focusing on the role of gene regulatory networks in understanding phenotypic evolution and the origin of evolutionary innovations
  • Theoretical Biology, focusing on the conceptual structure of 21st century biology
  • the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems, focusing on complexity as a unifying principle in the social and life sciences, including Biomedicine
  • Computational History of Science, applying computational methods and big data approaches to the dynamics of knowledge systems
  • History of 20 and 21st century Life Sciences

Simon Levin

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Home-page: https://www.princeton.edu/~slevin/

Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Simon Levin is one of the leading ecologists in the world, noted especially for his contributions to the development of the foundations of spatial ecology, for his landmark work on pattern and scale, and more recently for his research at the interface between ecology and economics, especially problems of public goods, common pool resources, and the global commons. His book, , along with his subsequent research, weaves these themes together, invoking ecological and evolutionary theory to inform principles for management practice.

Levin’s research has been devoted to understanding the dynamics of biological diversity at all levels, from the molecular diversity of diseases to the diversity of global ecological and cultural systems. It is furthermore concerned with exploring the importance of that diversity for humans, and socioeconomic mechanisms for sustaining or modifying diversity. He has combined mathematical modeling with empirical investigations to explore the dynamics of biodiversity and biocomplexity, including infectious diseases and the interactions between ecological systems and socioeconomic systems, with attention to the management of natural resources. Throughout, a central thread has been the development of rules for scaling from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individuals to collectives, from small scales to large, from short time scales to long. He has built interfaces between theoretical investigations and their application to the management of natural resources, used those applications to stimulate theoretical investigations and the elucidation of general principles for the management of ecological systems.

Helga Nowotny

Chair of the Science Advisory Board

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Home-page: http://www.helga-nowotny.eu/

Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, former President of the European Research Council

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. She is Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, NY. and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King’s College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes an Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest; Budapest. Before joining ETH Zurich, Professor Nowotny was Professor for Social Studies of Science at the University of Vienna. Among other, Helga Nowotny is Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards throughout Europe. She received doctorates honoris causa from several European universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Helga Nowotny has published widely in social studies of science and technology and on social time.

Gerhard Schmitt

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Home-page: http://www.fcl.ethz.ch/person/prof-dr-gerhard-schmitt/

Gerhard Schmitt, ETH Zurich, Chair of Information Architecture, Singapore ETH Centre Senior Vice President ETH Global

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich, Lead PI of the ETH Future Cities Responsive Cities Scenario, Founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global.

Gerhard Schmitt holds a Dipl.-Ing. and a Dr.-Ing. degree of the Technical University of Munich, TUM, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on urban metabolism with the associated emissions, Smart Cities and linking Big Data with urban design, urban models, simulation and visualization. He and his team developed and taught the first Massive Open Online Courses on Future Cities and Liveable Cities.

From 1998-2008 he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH’s strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments. From 1984 to 1988 he conducted CAAD research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined ETH Zürich in 1988. He was Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Technical University of Denmark and at the Technical University of Delft. From 2004-2007 he chaired the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Gerhard Schmitt initiated and conceptualized the sustainable ETH Science City Campus in Zürich and received for this work the 2010 European Culture of Science award.

Peter Sloot

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Home-page: http://www.peter-sloot.com/

Peter Sloot, Professor of Computational Science, UvA, Amsterdam, NL. Professor of Complex Systems, NTU, Singapore Co-Director Complexity Institute, NTU, Singapore Professor of Advanced Computing, ITMO, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Professor Peter M. A Sloot is distinguished research professor at the University of Amsterdam and a full professor and co-director of the Complexity Institute in NTU, Singapore. He is a laureate of the Russian Leading Scientist president’s program and has been the PI of many international research programs on complex systems, like www.virolab.org and www.dynanets.org. He is editor in chief of two highly ranked Elsevier Science journals. He has published over 450 research papers. His work is covered in international media such as newspapers, interviews and documentaries. Peter Sloot is also the Lead for the technology program in Health Systems Complexity of the Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine.