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Seminar on Urban Complexity

A new science of cities is emerging. Computational scientist Peter Sloot will share some of the new insights from computational sociology in a seminar on urban complexity on 22 May. 

About the Seminar

Cities are considered to be truly complex systems; the intricate interplay between the social and physical structures results in endless patterns of self-organization and adaptation, both being fundamental characteristics of such systems. Recent insights in allometric scaling by West and Bettencourt are tell-tales of a new science of cities build on this notion of complexity.

In his presentation, Peter Sloot will summarize those results and argue that the driving force behind this complexity is the concept of Networks. He will then show some preliminary results the NIAS theme group recently obtained by developing computational models that can absorb information on all scales to simulate the dynamics of urban crime and transmittable diseases in dense urban systems.

About the Speakers

Peter Sloot is Professor of Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam and coordinator of the research theme group “Understanding Information Spreading in Social Networks”, composed of Peter Sloot, George Kampis, Alexander Boukhanovsky and Janus Holyst.

More on this Topic

Duijn, P. A., Kashirin, V. and Sloot, P. M. A. (2014). The Relative Ineffectiveness of Criminal Network Disruption. Sci. Rep., vol. 4, pp. 4238+15. Nature Publishing Group/Macmillan, 2014.
L.J. Dijkstra; A.V. Yakushev; P.A.C. Duijn; A.V. Boukhanovsky and P.M.A. Sloot: Inference of the Russian drug community from one of the largest social networks in the Russian Federation, Quality & Quantity, International Journal of Methodology, pp. 1-17. Springer Netherlands, 2013. ISSN 0033-5177.
P.M.A. Sloot; G. Kampis and L. Gulyás: Advances in dynamic temporal networks: Understanding the temporal dynamics of complex adaptive networks, The European Physical Journal – Special Topics, vol. 222, nr 6 pp. 1287-1293. 2013. ISSN 1951-6355 and 1951-6401.
A. Czaplicka.; J.A. Hołyst and P.M.A. Sloot: Noise enhances information transfer in hierarchical networks, Scientific Reports, vol. 3, Article number: 1223, Nature Publishing Group/Macmillan, 2013.
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About NIAS Seminars

NIAS Seminars are organised by the Rector of the Institute. They are meant to appeal to interested parties from a wide range of backgrounds and are aimed to encourage closer contact within the Dutch academic world.

NIAS Seminars take place in the Lecture Room (NIAS, Meijboomlaan 1, Wassenaar, telephone 070-512 27 00). This Seminar starts at 11.00 hours and ends at 12.00. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar and join the discussion. However, since changes in the programme may occur, please let us know if you wish to attend. For further information, contact Communication.