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Computational and Mathematical Approaches to Societal Transitions |
Organization
team: DRIFT (Dutch Research
Institute for Transitions) J.
de Haan, J. Timmermans, M. Schilperoord (general organisation) H. te Riele (master of
ceremony) External J. de Boer (artistic
and organisational support) TU-Delft N. Frantzeskaki
(additional organisation) Transitions are long-term, large-scale
processes of societal change. Transitions change the way societal systems work.
During transitions both the physical and non-physical structures are changed as
well as people that are part of it. In the past we have experienced several
transitions that changed the lives of many. For example the communication revolution
of the nineties, of which we only start to realise
the impact and the explosion of mobility that visibly changed the way we lived
and the world we live in. These phenomena have in common that they encompassed
change in many ways, infrastructure, culture, legislation, and mindset to name
a few. They also share a high degree of unpredictability and non-linearity in
their dynamics. As these processes both result from and have effect upon the
actions of people, transitions are vital in resolving wicked problems
confronting global society. Transitions need not only to be studied as
phenomena in themselves, but also as processes of change we would like to push
in the right direction. The workshop focuses on the modelling –computational, conceptual or mathematical– of
societal processes that are part of transitions. The task is to translate
societal phenomena into research questions that can be tackled with exact
methods. During the workshop the focus shifts from identifying and describing
the questions and methods towards elaborating the models that are drawn from
them. This requires a special kind of participant, ones that are trained in
exact methods, interested in societal phenomena and willing to step beyond the
boundaries of their training or discipline. Possible participants could have a background
in: Mathematics, computer
science, theoretical physics, biology, econometrics or sociology These participants are interested to apply
their expertise to new questions, areas of expertise such as: System dynamics, evolutionary computation,
evolutionary algorithms, agent-based computer models, nonlinear dynamics,
complex systems, dynamical systems, statistical methods, data-analysis, self-organising systems, complex adaptive systems, economics,
econometrics, evolutionary economy, far-from-equilibrium thermodynamics The methods used to address the questions
identified during the workshop, however, are not fixed. In fact, one of the
goals is to identify more methods to gain insight in the dynamics of transitions.
The workshop is driven by the questions, not by the solutions. This workshop is organized by the Dutch
Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), member and chair of the Knowledge
Network for System Innovations and Transitions (KSI), to advance the emerging
field of Transition Science in mathematical and computational directions. The
workshop aims to gather scientist rooted in computational and mathematical
approaches with a strong urge to apply these methods to ‘the social’. We aim to
investigate and develop computational and mathematical approaches to modeling
societal transitions and supply participants with an inspiring and relevant
research interest and the people to share it with. The workshop will be an
unorthodox scientific experience for the participants. Audiovisuals, music,
objects and art provide a kaleidoscope to engage the participants in to
transition thinking and contribute to the new and exciting area of research
that is Transition Science. [Back] |