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Complexity Science: Southampton Spring School

Published: 24 January 2006

ECS at the University of Southampton is offering four short courses and a two-day workshop on topics in Complexity Science this spring. The first of these five events starts on Wednesday 29th March and the last finishes on April 12th. Participants can attend the entire 15 day intensive school or may attend one or more individual events.

These new courses are designed for postgraduate students (perhaps early in their PhD studies or on masters courses) and industrial employees wishing to learn about the principles and challenges of complexity in natural and engineered systems. The courses are designed to addresses the critical challenges currently facing the computational and engineering industries by focusing on the underlying principles of complexity in common with biological systems.

Emphasis is placed on two complementary objectives. Participants will learn how to use advanced techniques to understand the robust, adaptive and self-organising properties of biological and natural systems, and also how to exploit these properties to address the pressing problems presented by the increasing scale and connectivity of today's engineered systems. The course focuses on developing core mathematical modelling and simulation skills, providing a firm knowledge base in relevant biology, and command of established techniques in biologically inspired computing.

The courses are sponsored by the EPSRC and PASCAL and a limited number of places on all courses are available *free to students* who do not have their own sources of funding. This includes on-campus accommodation, breakfast and lunch. The fee for industrial participants is TBA. (Travel and evening meals are not included.)

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