AAAI Fall Symposium; Arlington, VA; November 11 - 13, 2010

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Complex Adaptive Systems:
    Resilience, Robustness, and Evolvability 

ompanies, societies, markets, and humans rarely stay in a stable, predictable state for long.  Yet all these systems are characterized by the notable persistence of some key attributes which maintain their identities, even as their constituent parts change and adapt to new environments.  What is it about these systems that define their identity?  How do we characterize them?  What are the forces that allow a system to persist, even in the face of a radically new environment?

Complex Adaptive Systems have proven to be a powerful tool for exploring these and other related phenomena.
  We characterize a general CAS model as having a large number of self-similar agents that: (1) Utilize one or more levels of feedback; (2) Exhibit emergent properties and self-organization; and (3) Produce non-linear dynamic behavior.  Advances in modeling and computing technology have led to a deeper understanding of complex systems in many areas, and have raised the possibility that similar fundamental principles may be at work across these systems, even though the underlying principles may manifest themselves differently. 

For some practitioners in the field, the terms "resilience" and "robustness" may seems largely redundant.  Indeed, there are many other terms from various domains that overlap as well: from "basins of attractions" (physics, mathematics), to "homeostasis" (biology), to "sustainability" (ecology).  This is precisely the point: different disciplines often have their own language, even as they are describing identical or similar phenomena.

Our goal is to bring together researchers from diverse fields who study these complex systems using the tools and techniques of CAS.  We will explore phenomena related to resilience, robustness, and evolvability across various disciplines as one avenue towards exposing common dynamics that are found in these disparate domains.  In the past, knowledge gained in each domain about these effects have remained mostly exclusive to that domain, especially when the disciplines are far apart.  It is our belief that by bringing together scholars who study these phenomena, we can leverage a deep knowledge of one domain to gain insight into others.

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Complex Adaptive Systems: Resilience, Robustness, and Evolvability is being hosted and sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) as part of the 2010 Fall Symposia Series. Funding in support of this symposium has been provided by the National Science Foundation, award ID #1952901.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.