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Topical Meeting - Current and Upcoming Events - Aug. 31, 2009

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Other SFI events are by invitation only.

May 19, 2010

Topical Meeting

Co-organized by Jessica Flack, Santa Fe Institute, Eric Bonabeau, Icosystem, and the New America Foundation.  

Held at the New America Foundation, Washington, DC.  

Registration is open for Business Network members.

July 19, 2010

Topical Meeting

Co-organized by SFI Business Network and Eleanor Wynn, Intel. 

Held in Santa Clara, CA.  

Registration is open for Business Network members.

Sept. 29, 2010

Topical Meeting

Held at Google, Mountain View, CA

Organized by Graham Spencer, Trustee, Santa Fe Institute and Engineering Director, Google, David Krakauer, Chair of Faculty and Professor, Santa Fe Institute, and Chris Wood, Vice President of Administration and Director of Business Network, Santa Fe Institute.

Oct. 13, 2010

Topical Meeting

Organized by John Rundle and Michael Mauboussin.  

Held at Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.  

Feb. 6, 2011

Feb. 6, 2011 - Feb. 8, 2011
Topical Meeting

Organized by SFI's Business Network and Education Offices

Held at the Santa Fe Institute

Feb. 9, 2011

Feb. 9, 2011 - Feb. 11, 2011
Topical Meeting

February 9-11, 2011, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Co-Organized by the Santa Fe Business Network and Humana Inc.

Healthcare Economic Forum

SFI Business Network Topical Meeting

Wednesday February 9

Humana Healthcare Simulator

Thursday and Friday February 10-11

May 11, 2011

Topical Meeting

The ever-increasing size and complexity of large-scale software systems is one of the greatest challenges facing business, government, and academia today. Such systems are "interdependent webs of software-intensive systems, people, policies, cultures, and economics", representing unprecedented aggregations of one or more of the following quantities": (1) lines of code; (2) amount of data stored, accessed, manipulated, and refined; (3) number of connections and interdependencies; (4) number of hardware elements; (5) number of computational elements; (6) number of system purposes and user perception of these purposes; (7) number of routine processes, interactions, and “emergent behaviors”; (8) number of (overlapping) policy domains and enforceable mechanisms; (9) number of people involved in some way ((DOD Study on Ultra-Large-Scale Software Systems).

This SFI Business Network Topical Meeting, jointly organized by Fidelity and SFI, will explore ways in which the study of complex systems in other domains of science and technology can be valuable for large-scale software systems, survey the state of the art in verification and validation of large-scale software systems from the academic and corporate perspectives, and consider implications of large-scale systems for the financial industry.

Aug. 24, 2011

Topical Meeting

August 24, 2011

Held at National Semiconductor Corporation, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, CA

Organized by Chander Chawla and David Hanson, National Semiconductor Corporation and Chris Wood, Santa Fe Institute

Purpose: Business Network

Sept. 21, 2011

Topical Meeting

September 21, 2011

Held at the Hilton Santa Fe, 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe, NM

Organized by Rick Stephens and Michael Richey, Boeing Inc., Nora Sabelli of SRI, and Ginger Richardson and Chris Wood, Santa Fe Institute

Purpose: Business Network

Oct. 5, 2011

Topical Meeting

October 5, 2011

Held at Morgan Stanley World Headquarters, 1585 Broadway, 41st Floor, New York, NY

Organized by Michael Mauboussin, Legg Mason Capital Management and SFI, John Rundle, UC Davis and SFI, and Chris Wood, SFI

Purpose: Business Network

July 12, 2012

Topical Meeting

Purpose: Business Network

Aug. 13, 2012

Noyce Conference Room
Aug. 13, 2012 - Aug. 16, 2012
Topical Meeting

SFI / NMC Program on Combining Information Theory and Game Theory

Organizers: David Wolpert (SFI External Faculty), Simon DeDeo (SFI Omidyar Fellow), Nils Bertschinger (Max Planck), Eckehard Olbrich (Max Planck), Eric Smith (SFI External Faculty), Luis Bettencourt (SFI)

How a single agent (human, fi rm, animal, etc.) behaves typically depends on what information it has about its environment, and on its preferences. Accordingly, the joint behavior of multiple interacting agents can depend strongly on the information available to the separate agents, both about one another, and about external random variables. Precisely how the joint behavior depends on the information available to the agents is determined by the preferences of those agents. So in general there is a strong interplay among the preferences of all the agents, their behavior, and the information structure connecting them.

One tool that might help us understand this interplay is Shannon information theory. In Shannon information theory, information is a function of a distribution. Increasing the amount of information in a distribution means making that distribution more tightly concentrated. This de finition applies not only if the support of the distribution shrinks or expands, but also if it moves.

Another tool that might help us understand the interplay is game theory. In contrast to Shannon information theory, game theory does not quantify information in terms of properties of probability distributions. Rather the information available to a player is quanti fied as an "information set," specifying a set of states the world might be in. The amount of information available to a player increases if such an information set shrinks. In contrast to the case with Shannon information theory, the change in information for moving an information set is undefi ned.

There are other di fferences between information theory and game theory. For example, whereas the foundations of Shannon information theory concern a single player (the designer of a communication network), the foundations of game theory concern multiple players.

Reconciling the di fferent perspectives on information in Shannon information theory and game theory could have many benefi ts. Most directly, it may help us understand the interplay among the preferences of a set of interacting players, their behavior, and the information structure connecting them. As potential examples, it might help us address issues like the following:

1. How do information theoretic quanti fications of the joint behavior of a set of interacting players (e.g., mutual information between actions of pairs of them) vary with changes to the preferences of those players?

2. Can relating the philosophical foundations of the two fields improve them? For example, as Shannon himself emphasized, Shannon information is purely "syntactic," quantifying the amount of information in a distribution purely by how concentrated it is. Can the utility functions of game theory—which depend not just on how concentrated a distribution is, but also on where it is concentrated—be used to de fine a "semantic" variant of Shannon information?

3. Can relating the mathematical formalisms of the two fields improve them? For example, are there analogs of the powerful theorems of information theory for game-theoretic quantities, e.g., game theoretic versions of results concerning rate distortion tradeoff s, the data processing inequality, etc.?

More generally, greater understanding of the relation between information theory and game theory may generate breakthroughs in many disciplines, including economics, political science, cognitive sciences and arti ficial intelligence.

Full web page here.

SFI Host: David Wolpert

Oct. 10, 2012

Topical Meeting

Purpose: Business Network

April 17, 2013

Topical Meeting

Purpose: Business Network

June 24, 2013

Topical Meeting

Co-hosted by HomeAway, Inc.

Held at 1110 W 5th Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Chris Wood

Aug. 7, 2013

Topical Meeting

Venue: Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Summary: Technological change is a key component of economic growth. However, economists' treatment of this is typically at an aggregate level, in which technology is represented merely as a single number called the "total factor productivity". This workshop will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines to make first steps toward constructing a theory of technological change. The discussions will focus on understanding ecosystems of interacting technologies and the factors that cause them to evolve through time. Please join this foremost group of experts, economists, biologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, engineers, archaeologists, and anthropologists for a one-day event in Santa Fe.

The workshop is supported by the Santa Fe Institute, the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Purpose: Business Network

Sept. 30, 2013

Topical Meeting

Venue: Towers Watson, London, UK

Co-hosted by Towers Watson

Summary: Business enterprises in general, and the modern corporation in particular, have become increasingly important elements in modern life and society. This topical meeting will address the historical origins of the modern corporation, the evolutionary nature of the firm, the impact of increasing globalization, the life cycle of the modern corporation, the implications of the "corporations are persons" doctrine in US law, and the relationship between corporations and other major social institutions such as cities. 

Purpose: Business Network

Oct. 15, 2013

Topical Meeting
Purpose: Business Network

June 2, 2014

Topical Meeting

Purpose: Business Network

July 30, 2014

Topical Meeting
Purpose: Business Network

Aug. 5, 2014

Topical Meeting
Purpose: Business Network

Sept. 26, 2014

Oct. 2, 2014

Jan. 9, 2015

Topical Meeting

Organized by the Center for Understanding Change

Held at the Santa Fe Institute, Noyce Conference Room

The past five+ years have been clouded by massive economic upheavals – and not just from the recession. The purpose of this Summit is to identify and resolve the issues that confront simulation software and the simulation software industry as we move beyond the recent economic crash and face new and complex challenges. We’re defining the simulation software industry as the ecosystem that creates or uses software to analyze, and simulate complex systems/products.

The need for simulation tools, products, and services has never been higher, yet we face major challenges limiting our ability to capitalize on that need. Some of those challenges are obvious to all, some less so – and there are more that we haven’t even considered yet.  Attending the Summit will be a “who's who” of the CAE and engineering software industry: 40 visionaries, each with the role and position that empowers them to implement their vision.

A limited number of seats are available to Business Network Members. Please contact Casey Cox at casey@santafe.edu if you are interested in attending.

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Chris Wood

May 7, 2015

Topical Meeting

May 7, 2015

Held at George Mason University and co-organized with Matt Koehler, MITRE

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Chris Wood

Sept. 1, 2015

Topical Meeting

September 1, 2015

Co-organized with Tim Hodgson, Towers Watson Thinking Ahead Institute

Towers Watson, London, UK

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Chris Wood

Oct. 13, 2015

Topical Meeting

October 13, 2015

Co-organized with Martin Leibowitz, Morgan Stanley, Michael Mauboussin, Credit Suisse and SFI, John Rundle, UC Davis and SFI

Held at Morgan Stanley in New York, NY

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Chris Wood

March 11, 2016

Noyce Conference Room
Topical Meeting

March 11, 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Purpose: Business Network
SFI Host: Casey Cox

July 29, 2016

Topical Meeting

July 29, 2016

Sunnyvale, CA

Co-hosted by Google

Purpose: Applied Complexity Network

Aug. 9, 2016

9:30 a.m.
Gatehouse
Topical Meeting
Purpose: Research Collaboration
SFI Host: Mirta Galesic and Matt Koehler

Sept. 9, 2016

Topical Meeting

September 9, 2016

London, UK

Co-hosted by Willis Towers Watson

Purpose: Applied Complexity Network
SFI Host: Casey Cox

Oct. 13, 2016

Topical Meeting

October 13, 2016

New York, NY

Co-hosted by Morgan Stanley

Purpose: Applied Complexity Network

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