Seminars 2006-2007

Third ECCO seminar series program, 2007

When?
Wednesdays at 2 pm. The seminars last about two hours with approximatively one hour of presentation, and one hour of discussions.

Where?
The seminar room is B 0.036 (building B, level 0, close to the human sciences computer rooms), on the VUB Campus Etterbeek. Coffee and drinks are available.

What about?
The intention is to discuss in depth the research being proposed by the speaker, and to look for interdisciplinary connections with other themes related broadly to the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) domain. The seminars are very interactive and informal, with small groups (about 8-10 people). Abstracts of the talks can be found in the PDF program, or by following the "discussion" link.

For whom?
Everybody interested in transdisciplinary research related to complex systems, evolution and cognition welcome.

   Date...  Speaker Topic More
10 Jan Carlos Gershenson Towards Self-organizing Bureaucracies

Presentation
Paper
Discussion

17 Jan Francis Heylighen Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted: neural propagation depth and flow motivation as a model of intelligence and creativity

Presentation
Paper

Discussion

25 Jan Jan Bernheim A Progressive Evolutionary Worldview Presentation
Discussion
31 Jan Clément Vidal A Minimal Philosophical Agenda. Worldview Construction as a Philosophical Method

Presentation
Paper
Discussion

7 Feb Mixel Kiemen Complex-Adaptive information processing

Presentation
Discussion

14 Feb Wim Christiaens Apostel's Concept of Causality: Defining Being by Folding "logic" on "life" Discussion
21 Feb Dirk Kenis Knowledge Management in Virtual Communities: opportunities for Agile Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS)

Presentation Discussion

28 Feb Erden Göktepe Mediating International Agents: a Question of Efficiency

Discussion

Presentation

14 Mar Helen De Cruz Universal Selection Theory and the Evolution of Mathematics

Discussion

Paper

23 Mar Arnold de Loof "Life": Compartmental Organization, Communication and Problem-Solving Activity.

Discussion

Presentation

28 Mar Mehmet Tezcan A complex systems critique to mainstream IR theory: A case study of foreign policy integration in Europe as a complex system

Discussion

Presentation

18 Apr Klaas Chielens The Status of Memetics as a Science: update

Discussion

Presentation

2 May   Carlos Gershenson Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems (at 2 pm in the Promotiezaal (D.2.01), followed by a reception in the STOA.)

PhD Defense.

Discussion

16 May Paul Iliano Improving Lives Effectively: creating a clear model and practical roadmaps for individuals and leaders in government, business and nonprofit

Discussion

Presentation

23 May Karin Verelst Deixis and Truth from Aristotle to Poincaré Discussion
30 May Francis Heylighen Stigmergy: a fundamental mechanism of cognition, cooperation and self-organization

Discussion

Presentation

6 June Paul Iliano Improving Personal Control. Synthesizing cybernetic control and Apostel's worldview construction kit into a practical framework for increasing our ability to control

Discussion

Presentation

Final announcements with an abstract and additional information are distributed by email about 5 days before the seminar. If you wish to receive these, please subscribe to the Brussels Complexity mailing list.

If you wish to present a seminar in our series, please contact C. Vidal with your proposal and check the instructions for presenters .

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