SFI/CSSS-07 - D. Rockmore arrival questions

 
Dan Rockmore asked:
  1. What are your main interests?
  2. What sorts of expertise can you bring to the group?
  3. What do you hope to get our of the CSSS?
  4. Do you have any possible projects in mind for the CSSS? (Recall that you will all be working in groups on at least one project with the goal of presenting your progress on the last day and finishing up a paper by summer's end.)
Here are my replies:

 
1. What are your main interests?

  • The courses on non-linear dynamics, modeling (including agent-based), computational complexity, finance, economics, pattern recognition, and markets
  • Really interested in SFI's work on complexity economics.

2. What sorts of expertise can you bring to the group?

3. What do you hope to get out of the CSSS?

  • Hear about lots of interesting ideas and meet lots of interesting people
  • Acquire some new ways of thinking about problems (esp. related to my work)
  • Correct my appalling ignorance of complexity theory, complexity science, complexity economics, etc.
4. Do you have any possible projects in mind for the CSSS? (Recall that you will all be working in groups on at least one project with the goal of presenting your progress on the last day and finishing up a paper by summer's end.)

  • Don't know enough to say really.  I work with very large, very complex, systems that include technical and non-technical participants.  They span organizations, borders and time.  Established engineering and management practices don't actually seem to guide them all that well.  There is a social necessity that these systems work - "how" remains a mystery.  I'm interested to learn, think and write about ideas that help us collectively thrive rather than suffer in this situation.

  • - Brian Lawler