2012-05-08 to 10: Paradigmatic Models in Social Sciences Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

Dear Colleague,


please find enclosed the first announcement of the course "Paradigmatic Models in Social Sciences" which will be held in Milano (Italy), May 8-10, 2012. The course is co-organized by the Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity (SICC). Further information on the course can be found at http://www.pmss2012.dei.polimi.it/. For your convenience, the program is also attached to this email.


For more information on the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity and its activities please visit our website at http://www.sicc-it.org or feel free to contact me for any further information. The Society is active in promoting interdisciplinary research on Chaos and Complexity in Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Humanities. To suggest events, join the society, or for any other inquiry please visit our website or contact any member of the Executive Committee.


Best regards,


Prof. Mario di Bernardo

President, Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity

e-mail: mario.dibernardo@unina.it, info@sicc-it.org





Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano


Co-organized by DEI - Politecnico di Milano and SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity


This course is one of the PhD courses supplied by the PhD Program in Information Technology at DEI, Politecnico di Milano.


The course is addressed to PhD students of the Politecnico di Milano, but also to other PhD students and researchers working in various areas of science and engineering interested in applying dynamical system theory to social sciences.



So far, empirical studies based on experiments and data analysis have dominated the scene in social sciences, while theoretical studies rooted in mathematical models were only exceptions. However, the most recent developments of the theory of dynamical systems, together with the availability of related software, have deeply modified this attitude and generated high expectations around mathematical models. The aim of this course is to show how the scientific approach, traditionally followed in physics and engineering, can be used to tackle social problems. The intent is not to cover specific sectors of social sciences but rather to present and discuss the power of the modelling approach through a series of paradigmatic examples. The examples will be presented in a particular chronological sequence that will the main issues of dynamical system theory to be presented in a meaningful order: from bistability to catastrophes, from stationary and cyclic to quasi-periodic and chaotic regimes, from the spreading of successfull strategies to the formation of clusters in networks.



Renato Casagrandi, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano Alessandro Colombo, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano Fabio Dercole, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano Carlo Piccardi, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano Sergio Rinaldi, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano Marten Scheffer, Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group, Wageningen University Karl Sigmund, Faculty for Mathematics, University of Vienna Lucia Tajoli, Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano




Tuesday, May 8

9:00 - 12:30     Dynamical systems and social sciences

         S. Rinaldi            Overview of nonlinear dynamics

         S. Rinaldi            Sexual intercourses in permanent couples

14:00 - 17:30     Catastrophes and warnings

         M. Scheffer         Brain, behavior, and social interactions

         M. Scheffer         Warinng signals


Wednesday, May 9

9:00 - 12:30     Emergence of ups and downs

         R. Casagrandi      Production in creative professions

         S. Rinaldi            Political corruption in democratic societies

14:00 - 17:30     Chaos and unpredictability

         F. Dercole           Unpredictability of love affairs

         A. Colombo         Dynamics of two-party democracies


Thursday, May 10

9:00 - 12:30     Evolutionary games

         K. Sigmund         Basic principles

         K. Sigmund         Evolution of cooperation in society

14:00 - 17:30     Complex networks

         C. Piccardi          Networks topology

         L. Tajoli              Evolution of the world



For information and application, please visit the course webpage:






SICC - Societa' Italiana Caos e Complessita'


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