Scaling in Social Systems
Thursday, 1 December 2011 from 10:45 to 17:00 (GMT)
The one-day workshop is part of an EPSRC funded project on "Scaling in Complex Systems" , that involves Henrik Jensen of Imperial College, Geoffrey West of Santa Fe Institute and Felix Reed-Tsochas of University of Oxford.
Date: Thursday, 1 December 2011, 10.45 - 17.00
Location: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
About the workshop:
The successful application of scaling laws to a vast range of biological systems, as exemplified by Geoffrey West’s work, raises the question whether analogous (or very different) simple principles can help us understand scaling in complex social systems. We aim to address this question from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on insights from the life and physical sciences, while not forgetting the rich tradition of scaling laws in the social sciences (e.g. Zipf’s law). The workshop seeks to engage the UK’s growing complex systems research community.
10:45 – 11:00 Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas, University of Oxford
Welcome and Introduction
11:00 – 12:00 Professor Michael Batty, University College London
“Spatial Complexity and Scaling Laws for Cities”
12:00 - 13:00 Professor Luís Bettencourt, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Cities as scale invariant complex systems: Universal statistics of urban scaling"
2:00 – 3:00 Professor Didier Sornette, ETH Zürich
“The Dynamics of success, fame and crisis: Endogenous versus Exogenous Shocks in Complex Networks”
3:00 – 4:00 Dr Tim Evans, Imperial College London
"Scaling and Citations"
4:30 – 5:00 Professor Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute
“Scaling in Social Systems: an Overview and Summary of the Meeting”
The event is free of charge, but registration is required. Places are limited, so please sign up early!
When & Where
CABDyN Complexity Centre, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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