GBI Seminar program 2013-2014

The GBI is organizing a series of talks on recent developments in ICT and society, and their implications for the future. The series starts in September, normally on Friday afternoons from 2-4 pm on theVUB Campus Etterbeek (Brussels, Belgium), except when noted otherwise. Free entrance: everybody welcome!

Most past seminars can be watched on video via the GBI YouTube channel. Abstracts and references for the talks can be found on our ECCO seminar page

Here is the program:


Second series (spring 2014)

(presentations will be added as dates are set):


Date Speaker Topic
Apr. 4
Øyvind Vada Memes as mental frames and cognitive templates
Apr. 11 Pierre Collet  (Strasbourg University) Personalised Open Education for the Masses (POEM)
Apr. 18 Safwat Ibrahim   (room D.1.08!)  
Apr. 25 Piet Holbrouck Problem Solving and Paradigm Shifts
May 2 Mixel Kiemen  
May 9 Cliff Joslyn  
May 16 Abraham Bernstein Programming the Global Brain - Implications for Computer Science
May 23

Shima Beigi

A generic framework for resilience of complex adaptive systems
May 30

Mehdi Moussaid

Social influence and collective opinion dynamics
June 6 Viktoras Veitas & David Weinbaum (Weaver)  
June 13 Alfonso Molina  



First series (autumn)

Date Speaker Topic
Oct. 4 (room D1.08)
Cadell Last (University of Toronto) The Pathway to the Global Brain: An evolutionary anthropological perspective on cybernetics
Oct. 11    
Oct. 18 (room f5.212)  Francis Heylighen (ECCO) Return to Eden? Promises and perils on the road to a global intelligent network
Oct. 24 (Thursday!) (room L2.208) Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich) A Planetary Nervous System, and What to Do with It
Nov. 1  (holiday)  
Nov. 8 Mixel Kiemen (ECCO) Interversity, a concept for self-organizing distributed university
Nov. 15 (room D.2.16) Viktoras Veitas (GBI) ChallProp: an agent-based modelling framework for simulating the Global Brain
Nov. 22 (room D.3.16) Jon Echanove (ECCO) Inclusiveness and Exposure: the experience of becoming global and the impact on organizations
Nov. 29 (room D.2.16) Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Technical University of Vienna) Global Consciousness – the global brain in the perspective of a global sustainable information society
Dec. 6 (room D.2.16) Lotte van Lith Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
Dec. 13 (room D.3.16) Atanu Chatterjee (Indian Institute of Technology) Physical Foundations of Self-organizing Systems