Emerging Area of Research workshop, May 17-18: How systems learn, change, and self-organize: Insights from network science

The question of how new structures form, develop, and evolve is one the most daunting in all of science — be it about bodies in the cosmos, pathways in the brain, the transition of infants from non-walkers to walkers, or the languages in the world. The mechanisms underpinning the creation, stabilization, and destabilization of these structures are multi-causal and represent the aggregate of many nested processes that operate over multiple timescales and interact across levels of analysis (from genes, to brains, to social groups, and to environment). Networkscience is a rapidly advancing field that seeks to understand how systems made up of interacting components give rise to complex forms and adaptive behavior. Network science operates across levels of analysis and disciplines to bring insight to both domain-specific problems and to deliver transferable principles across domains and disciplines. The Indiana Emerging Area of Research, titled Learning: Brain, Machines and Children, seeks to understand the processes of human developmental change that make us smart and inventive. Understanding the development of human intelligence requires we go deep and wide, drawing on insight from a wide range of scientific disciplines. Accordingly, for our third summer workshop, we seek to focus on and leverage advances in network science and to break through traditional disciplinary boundaries to bring together scientists from many different fields so that we can think together to understand system level processes of change.



Invited speakers

Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana

Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana

Sara Benham, UT Dallas

Sara Benham, UT Dallas

Richard Betzel, Indiana

Richard Betzel, Indiana

Lisa Goffman, UT Dallas

Lisa Goffman, UT Dallas

Thomas Hills, Warwick

Thomas Hills, Warwick

Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton

Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton

Mike Jones, Indiana

Mike Jones, Indiana

Josh Peterson, Princeton

Josh Peterson, Princeton

Yoed Kenett, UPenn

Yoed Kenett, UPenn

Anne Krendl, Indiana

Anne Krendl, Indiana

Luis Rocha, Indiana

Luis Rocha, Indiana

Gagan Wig, UT Dallas

Gagan Wig, UT Dallas


The workshop will be held at the Global and International Studies building (see pin below). Talks will take place in GIS1106 and the poster session in the atrium. The GIS building is a short walk from the Indiana Memorial Union.