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Graduate Course Information
ECE 521 - Complexity
UA Catalog Description: http://catalog.arizona.edu/allcats.html
Homework: 8 – 10 assignments
Project: 1 project
Exams: 1 Final Exam
Typically: 40% Final Exam,
Complexity is a new approach studying how interconnected parts give rise to the collective behavior of large systems and how the systems interact with their environment. It cuts across all traditional disciplines: science, engineering, medicine, management, etc. This course introduces the students to
M. Resnick, Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams. MIT Press, 1994.
G. W. Flake, The Computational Beauty of Nature. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998.
What is complexity?
Complexity in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, engineering, society, weather, traffic, family, organizations, corporations, markets, brain, person, consciousness, life, etc, etc.
The common principles and general characteristics of complex systems.
Approaches to complexity:
General System Theory.
Fractals. Mandelbrot and Julia sets.
Search procedures. Dynamic programming.
Criticism of Complexity Science.
Social norms, etc, etc.
Lecture: 150 minutes/week