Emergent Computing Workshop

Daniel B Graham (danny@sound.ee.umist.ac.uk)
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 16:53:32 +0100 (MET)

Dear participant, following the succesful Manchester meeting the next EC
workshop will be in Leeds, in December, full details below in the
original anouncement.

Apologies to anyone who receives this email twice.
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CNLS workshop on Mathematics and computational physics of
distributed
nonlinear systems

13-14 December 1999, Leeds

Oxley Hall, University of Leeds,
13-14th December 1999
lunchtime Monday 13th to mid afternoon Tuesday 14th.

This overnight residential workshop, consisting of invited and
contributed
talks, is part of the ERSRC Computing with Programmable Matter Network
(http://emergent.ee.umist.ac.uk/) series of workshops, which itself is
one of the EPSRC Emergent Computing Networks:

(http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/documents/announcements/ecomp_nw0.htm .)

Some support for accommodation and travel is available.

Several research communities are converging on the need for new
computational paradigms aiming not only to circumvent the predicted
stagnation of conventional silicon and computing technologies but also,
as
more pressing needs, to comprehend and control complex systems. Complex
systems can exhibit behaviours - some beneficial, some not - which are
properties of the whole system. Such behaviours have long been
recognised in
many living systems. Man-made systems, both organisational and physical,
can
display such emergent behaviours - always unintended and often
detrimental.
The timeliness of this activity is apparent not just from technology
needs
but from developments in diverse fields - many lying outside the
traditional
boundaries of information technology and computer engineering -
development
of unifying mathematical models for non-linear distributed systems,
increased activity on intelligent multi-agents, evolutionary
descriptions
and related themes, rapid growth in understanding of the molecular basis
of
living metabolic and other systems, detailed simulation of naturally
occurring self-organising self-cooperating systems, and extensions of
neural
computing perspectives.

The Leeds workshop will primarily focus on the behaviours exhibited by
different spatially extended nonlinear systems, and the development of
unifying mathematical models for non-linear distributed systems - with a
view to phenomena that might have impact on hardware or software
technologies.

Contact: arun@cbiol.leeds.ac.uk.

Source: Professor Arun V. Holden ( arun@cbiol.leeds.ac.uk).

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