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Two talks at NFH: complex systems and (de) constructing futures

Welcome to two presentations organised by the SimFish project, the BRIDGE research group at NFH, and the European Social Simulation Association Special Interest Group on Social Simulation and Serious Games.

Melania Borit 16.10.2017 10:27

Title: Presentation, representation, and the understanding of complex systems

Date and time: 6 Novemebr 2017, 08:30 - 09:30

Place: NFH Store Auditorium (E-101)

Complex systems, as the name indicates, are notoriously difficult to grasp until a high level of experience is obtained. Thus, they are not an easy topic for students even at the university level. Experience-based learning can overcome this difficulty, but risks of errors block the use of real-world experience. An alternative is the use of simulations in which students can participate. Especially agent-based simulations, in which the different parts of complex systems can be explicitly modelled to study the emergent effects of their interaction, is highly suited for this. A next step is the use of computer games that make the experience more believable and thereby closer resemble real-world experiences. This talk will address both the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches to developing understanding for complex systems.

Presenter: Harko Verhagen, Associate professor, Department of Computer and System Science, Stockholm University, Sweden


Title: (De)Constructing Futures in Practice and Theory

Date and time: 7 November 2017, 08:00 - 08:45

Place: NFH Store Auditorium (E-101)

What can one know about the future? What is futures research? And what is its object of analysis in this research? In this short presentation, we will introduce approaches to deal with these questions and relate them to problems that we encounter in our practice with future-oriented, urban planning workshops aiming for bringing together multiple stakeholders in the setting of participatory modeling.

Presenters: Max Priebe & Timo Szczepanska, Research associates, Institute for Urban Futures, University of Applied Sciences, Germany