Drafts and submitted papers

Abbott, Russ (2016) Autonomous Causality
Abbott, Russ (2016) The end of reductionism

Recent publications

Abbott, Russ (2016) "The end of (traditional) emergence: introducing reactive emergence." Journal of Policy and Complex Systems. 2/2, 91-107.

Abbott, Russ (2010) "Abstract data types and constructive emergenceNewsletter on Philosophy and Computers of the American Philosophical Society, v9-n2, Spring 2010, pp 48-56.

Abbott, Russ (2010) "Equity markets and computational intelligence," Proceedings of the 2010 UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence, Sept. 2010, Essex, UK.

Abbott, Russ (2010) “Bits don’t have error bars: upward conceptualization and downward approximation,” in van de Poel, Ibo and Goldberg, David E. (Eds.) Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda, Springer. A preliminary version was presented at the Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands, 2007, 

Chu, Aaron, Debora Shuger, and Russ Abbott (2010) "Spider Search: An Efficient and Non-Frontier Based Real-time Search Algorithm", Special issue of the International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications (IJCISIM), (pp234–242) of papers selected from the Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications - 2008.

Abbott, Russ (2009) “The reductionist blind spot,” Complexity, 14/5 (May/Jun 2009) pp 10-22.(See also this Table of entity types.)

Abbott, Russ and Chengyu Sun (2008) "Abstraction Abstracted," Proceedings of the 2nd international workshop on the role of abstraction in software engineering, Leipzig, Germany, ACM, Pp 23-30.

Abbott, Russ (2008) “If a tree casts a shadow is it telling the time?International Journal of Unconventional Computing, 4/3, pp 195-222. Best presentation award at the Conference on Unconventional Computing, York, UK, 2007.

Abbott, Russ (2007) "Putting Complex Systems to Work," Complexity, 13/2 (Nov/Dec 2007).

Kim, Joan and Russ Abbott (2007) “Unintended consequences,” Proceedings of 2007 Asian-Pacific Conference on Computing and Philosophy, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007. (See also the Museum of Unintended Consequences and Biological Curiosities.)

Li Wei, Eamonn J. Keogh, Helga Van Herle, Agenor Mafra-Neto, Russ Abbott (2007) "Efficient query filtering for streaming time series with applications to semisupervised learning of time series classifiers." Knowledge Information Systems, 11(3): 313-344 (2007)

Abbott, Russ (2006) "Emergence Explained: Abstractions," Complexity, 12/1 (Sep/Oct 2006).

See the DBLP for earlier papers.

Recent talks and other activities

"Autonomous Causality, Swarmfest," Aug 2016.

"How Reductionists and non-reductionists can both be right: a perspective from a computer scientist," International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Ferrara, June 2016

"Philosophy of Computing Archipelago," Computability in Europe, June 2015, Bucharest.

"Software and Causality," Workshop on the Philosophy of Computing, June, 2015, Istanbul  

"Abstractions, Implementations, and Constructive Emergence," Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Paris (Sorbonne) (3/2015).

"Abstractions and Implementations," York Complex Systems Seminar, University of York (1/2015) 

"Regaining the Great Moderation," a proposal about monetary policy.

"Energy flows," AAAI Fall Symposium, November, 2011

"From energy to information and back," EmergeNET (keynote) ,York, UK, April 2010. (Icelandic volcano prevented attendance.)

"Energy and Information in Complex Systems," Introduction to a panel on Energy and Information in the Fall 2009 AAAI Symposium series. Fall 2009.

Edited a special issue of Complexity (13/2) Nov-Dec 2007 containing papers selected from a symposium I organized on complex systems engineering held at RAND Corporation, Jan 2007

"Knowledge-sharing environments," A talk to the Southern California Knowledge Management Association. Fall 2007.


PhD, Computer Science, University of Southern California, 1973

MA, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1963

BA, Mathematics, Columbia University, 1962

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