Winter School - Evolutionary Economic Systems

The study of complex economic dynamics is based upon an analytical framework that unifies population dynamics with agent based approaches with complex systems theory.

Thursday 7th July - Micro Meso Macro

This session will introduce participants to complex systems thinking in economics with applications to finance.

9:00-10:30am

Complexity and economic evolution: with applications to financial markets
Speakers:  Jason Potts and John Foster
We shall present in this session an overview of the micro meso macro framework for evolutionary economic analysis, and discuss some applications to modelling coordination and change with particular attention to financial markets.

10:30-11:00am Morning tea

11:00-12:30pm

Complexity and economic evolution: with applications to financial markets (continued)
Speakers:  Jason Potts and John Foster

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:00pm Opportunity to discuss postgraduate opportunities with key ACCS and UQ staff

Afternoon No scheduled activities - Time to explore UQ and Brisbane!

Friday 8th July - Computational Game Theory

This session will involve some theory and hands on work in the computer lab.

9:00-10:30am

Computational methods in noncooperative game theory
Speakers:  Stuart McDonald
Multi-agent modelling is one common methodology in complex systems research. One multi-agent modelling methodology is game theory. Noncooperative game theory studies the way in which multiple agents interact with each other in strategic situations. Computational methods in non-cooperative game theory will be surveyed and presented in the computer lab.

10:30-11:00am Morning tea

11:00-12:30pm

How complex is sharing the cost of non-pointsource pollution?
Speakers:  Rodney Beard
Complex systems has had an interest in the properties of networks, cooperative game theory provides a methodology for analyzing resource allocation on networks. Computational issues involved in resource allocation on networks will be covered from the perspective of complexity theory with application to water resources issues and cost-sharing of pollution in the computer lab.

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:45-2:45pm Guest Speaker:  Dr. Phil Hugenholtz

Phil Hugenholtz received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Queensland in 1994.  He has subsequently worked in the Department of Biology at Indiana University, the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, the Department of Microbiology at the University of Queensland, and the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics group in the Mathematics Department at UQ.  He currently leads the Microbial Ecology program at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in the USA. His group is developing methods for analysing metagenomic datasets and applying them to a variety of communities.

2:45-3:00pm Winter School Closing

3:00-4:00pm Drinks & Savouries

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