Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and Department of
Conference on Decentralization
Schedule of Events
Social Science Plaza A, room 2112.
Wednesday Evening: Reception for Conference Participants (RSVP)
- 1. to assess our knowledge of decentralized systems,
- How dense are connections among elements?
- Are the elements modular assemblies of cooperating smaller elements?
- Is the organization hierarchical or flat?
- What zone of autonomy is given to each element?
- What information flows and reward/selection processes serve to propagate patterns?
- Are dynamics fundamental to form?
- Do decentralized systems that exhibit order undergo phase transitions?
- How variable are the dynamics and how important is variability to what the system can do or where it goes?
- Do the systems look the same a larger or smaller scales of observation (scaling self-similarity?)
- Does system performance scale with size?
- Is there an optimal size and does the system self-organize to that level?
- and 2. why they are difficult to understand (if they are)
4:30-8:00: Wine and light buffet dinner at Arthur De Vany's home, 72
Whitman Court, Irvine, CA, 949-509-9207. The house is on campus up
the hill from the main campus. Check map that came with earlier
9:00: William Calvin, Neurophysiology,
University of Washington, School of Medicine
"Bootstrapping Consciousness via Darwinian Processes"
10:00: Gary Lynch and Linda Palmer, Psychiatry and Human Behavior,
"Superordinate States of the
11:00: Steven Frank, Evolutionary Biology, UCI
"Biological Evolution of Cooperation among Simple
12:00: Lunch, UCI Faculty Club
Thursday Afternoon: Cognition and Inference
2:00: Linda Smith, Psychology, Indiana University
"Decentralized Cognition Categories"
3:00: Brian Skyrms, Philosophy of Science, UCI
"Evolution of Inference"
4:00: Esther Thelen, Psychology, Indiana University
"Decentralized Processes in Early Perceptual-Motor
Friday Morning: Dynamics and Architecture
9:00: Keith Still, Orchid Fractal Engineering Limited
"Modeling Crowd Dynamics using Interactive Agents"
10:00: Duncan Watts, Santa Fe Institute
"Dynamics of Small-World
11:00: Doug White, Social Networks, UCI
The Invisible State: Radial Cohesion in a Decentralized Social
12:00: Lunch and talk by Scott Kelso, Physiology, Florida Atlantic
"How Things Cohere or Principles of Dynamic Pattern Formation and
Change for a Science of Human Behavior", UCI Faculty Club
Friday Afternoon: Understanding Decentralized Systems
2:00: Ken Arrow, Operations Research and Economics, Stanford
Decentralization at Different Logical Levels"
3:00: Donald Saari, Mathematics, Northwestern University
"Using Arrow's Theorem to Understand Decentralization"
4:00: Michelle Chi, Psychology, Development Center, University of
"Why Decentralized Concepts are Hard to Learn"
Saturday Morning: Foresight and Planning in Decentralized
9:00: Eric Baum, NEC Research Institute
"Emergent Planning from Evolution of an Artificial
10:00: Karaswamy Velupillai, Department of Economics, Queen's University
" Hayek and Pareto on Mechanisms for
11:00: Lars-Erik Cederman, Political Science, UCLA
"Modeling the Democratic Peace as a Kantian Selection
Saturday Afternoon: Local and Aggregate Information in Decentralized
1:00: Charles Plott, Economics, California Institute of
"Information Dissemination, Aggregation and Rational Expectations
Laboratory Experimental Environments"
2:00: Padhraic Smyth, Computer Science,
"From medical diagnosis to error-correcting codes: the ubiquity of
local message-passing algorithms in decision-making"
3:00: Susanne Lohmann, Political Science, UCLA and Center for Advanced
"Stand Up and Be Counted: Mass Complicity and Mass Action in East
6:00: Ending dinner at a restaurant to be selected.