Past Complexity Science Seminars

Winter/Fall 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010 (11:00 am, SA 121): Talk by Kenneth Showalter (C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Chemistry, West Virginia University) "Dynamical Quorum Sensing, Synchronization and Clusters in Populations of Excitable and Oscillatory Catalytic Particles"

Thursday, March 25, 2010 (12:00 pm, SA121): Talk by Prof. Sherrington (Oxford University) Martensitic shape-memory alloys: novel pseud-spin glasses?

Friday, February 5, 2010 (3pm, SB 146): Talk by Flavio Fenton (Cornell University) "Spiral waves and the heart". Department of Physics & Astronomy Colloquium jointly sponsored by the Complexity Science Group, MITACS and the Center for BioEngineering Research & Education. Click here to see the announcement.

Fall 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009 (3pm, SB 501): Talk by Matteo Marsili (ICTP Trieste, Italy)
"Assessing the relevance of structural features in networks"  Click here to see the announcement.

Friday, November 13, 2009 (3pm, SB 142): Talk by David Sherrington (University of Oxford) 
"Physics & Complexity". Department of Physics & Astronomy Colloquium jointly sponsored by the Complexity Science Group.

Winter/Spring 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008 (11am, SB 142): Talk by Holger Kantz (Nonlinear Dynamics and Time Series Analysis Group, MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems) 
"Extreme events: modeling and prediction" Poster can be found here. NOTE: Time and location

March 26, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by Raymond Kapral (Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto) "Molecular Machines and Synthetic Self-Propelled Particles" Poster can be found here.

March 19, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by Shawn Marshall (Department of Geography, University of Calgary) "Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise"

March 12, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by Wayne Giles (Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary) "Mathematical Models of Human Heart Electrophysiology" The poster can be found here.

February 29, 2008 (10am, ST133): Talk by Stephen Morris (Department of Physics, University of Toronto) "Order and scale selection in Columnar Joints" NOTE: special time and location.

February 13, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by Eldon Emberly (Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University) "Oscillations in Biological Networks" The poster can be found here.

February 6, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz (Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary) "Graphs, networks and the competition for space: generating natural forms with the space colonization algorithm." The poster can be found here.

January 23, 2008 (4pm, ICT 618B): Talk by David Feder (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary) "Quantum mechanics can help analyze complex networks."

Fall 2007

December 3, 2007 (11am, SB501): Talk by Robert Stebbins (Department of Sociology, University of Calgary) "Exploration and Discovery in the Social Sciences".

November 26, 2007 (11am, SB501): Talk by Carla Davidson (Department of Mircobiology & Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University)

November 19, 2007 (10:30am, SB501): Talk by Jeremy Fox (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary) "Causes and consequences of community assembly". NOTE: 10:30am start time.

November 5, 2007 (11am, SB501): Talk by Rolando Pajon Feyt (Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary) "Ideas on Target discovery, Molecular Evolution, and Complexity in Vaccine Development against Neisseria meningitidis".

October 29, 2007 (11am, SB501): Talk by Davide Cellai (School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University College Dublin) "Slowed Dynamics near Dynamical Arrest".

August 27, 2007 (11am, SB501): Talk by Peter Langfelder (UCLA). "Consensus eigengene networks: studying relationships between gene co-expression modules across networks".

Winter/Spring 2007

June 4, 2007 (11am, SB105): Talk by Hugues Chaté (CEA-Saclay, France) "Collective properties of active polar and nematic particles".

May 29, 2007 (4pm, SB501): Talk by Edward Vigmond (Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Calgary). Ed will describe his research on computational electrophysiology. For more info, visit Ed's page.

May 28, 2007 (3pm, SB105): Talk by Attilio Stella (Dipartimento di Fisica "Galileo Galilei" and Sezione INFN, University of Padova, Italy). "Scaling and efficiency determine the irreversible evolution of a financial index". For more information, go to this biographical sketch of Attilio.

May 24, 2007 (4pm, SB501): Talk by Danielle Marceau (Geocomputing Laboratory, University of Calgary). Danielle will be describing her research, which aims to solve "complex environmental problems using advanced geocomputational approaches." For more info, go to Danielle's page.

May 11, 2007 (3pm, SB105): Talk by Martin Rosvall (University of Washington) "Community structure in complex networks approached from two directions".

May 1, 2007 (4pm, SB501): Talk by Gavin Cameron (Political Science, University of Calgary). Gavin will be describing his research on terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. For more information, go to Gavin's webpage.

April 24, 2007 (2pm, SB501): Talk by Jo-Anne Brown (Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary). Jo-Anne will be describing her radio astronomy research. For more info, go to the radio astronomy homepage and Jo-Anne's page.

April 19, 2007 (3pm, SB105): Talk by Gabriel Musso (University of Toronto) "Retention of protein complex membership by ancient duplicated gene products in budding yeast".

April 10, 2007 (4pm, SB501): Talk by Richard Hawkins (Science, Technology, and Society Program, University of Calgary). We will be discussing his work on innovation, and more generally the cross-fertilization of the social sciences and complexity science. For more info, go here.

March 20, 2007 (4pm, SA147): Talk by Kim Sneppen (Center for Models of Life, Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark) "Modeling regulation of Epigenetics: From Nucleosome Silencing to Transcriptional Interference". For more info, go here.

March 13, 2007 (4pm, SB501): Talk by Barry Sanders (IQIS, U of C) "Quantum Computing and Complexity". This is the beginning of discussions to explore possible collaborations between the two research areas. For more info go here.

February 27, 2007 (4pm, SA147): Talk by Nick Moloney (Eötvös University, Hungary) "Extreme value statistics in correlated systems".

February 20, 2007: Talk by Ayse Erzan (Istanbul Technical University) "Content Based Networks." 
Prof. Erzan will tell us about the work her research group has been doing on content based networks in the last few years. It will take place February 21, 2007, at 2:00 pm at the IBI.

February 13, 2007: Talk by David Knudsen (Space Physics group, Physics and Astronomy Department of U of C). "High-resolution ion velocity measurements from the Suprathermal Ion Imager". Dave will tell us about his data analysis, and we'll have a chance to discuss possibilities of collaboration between our groups. For more info on David's research go here.

January 30, 2007: Talk by Jessica Theodor (Department of Biology, U of C) "Understanding patterns of Organismal Diversity over Geologic Time". Jessica will talk about the work her research group does in paleontology. For more info on Jessica's research go here.

Fall 2006

November 29, 2006: Talk by Peter Vize (Department of Biology, U of C). Peter will tell us about the work of his group on development, developmental ontology, and understanding development through networks. For more info on Peter's research go here.

November 8, 2006 (2pm, SB144): Talk by Prof. Jorge Kurchan (École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris) "Glassy physics as a prototype of complex dynamics".

November 8 2006: Talk by Mike Surette (Medical School, U of C). 
Continuation of discussions about work in his lab at the medical school at U of C. For more info on Mike's research go here.

October 25 2006: Talk by Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz (Department of Computer Science, U of C). 
Continuation of the discussion with Przemek and Pascal about scaling of topological networks in plants. For more info on their research go here.