Module Athens TP-09
Social Emergence in Complex Systems
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The course is divided in several chapters. Each chapter proposes several topics.
Don’t hesitate to skip some of them and go directly to those that match your interests best.
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Please express any thought, advice, global question that may occur to you about the course, and see others’ input.
(try to express yourself in a constructive style)
- Your answers during the Lab Work sessions are recorded.
- You are expected to make a personal contribution (project) during the week.
- There will be a small quiz on the last day.
Your project will typically consist of an improvement on some topic studied during the Lab Work sessions. You should pick a problem that you want to investigate further. Initiative is welcome.
- You may choose one of the "Suggestions for further work" mentioned in the lab sessions, but you are free to choose any topic that you regard as relevant.
- Your study should be based on simulation results.
- You should seek for simple and clear-cut results from which we can learn something (even if you study is inconclusive, we want to know clearly why). Initiative and logical clarity will be appreciated.
- Try to be realistic about what you can do. Your study should not be trivial, and it should lead somewhere.
- Your contribution shoud be achieved using the Evolife platform. If it involves code, this code should be in Python.
You are encouraged to work in pairs. In this case,
Please indicate here what you intend to do as a project.
- the two partners should be from different universities (and from countries if possible).
- both partners should enter the same project (title, description) on the site.
- Both members of the pair should be heard during the Friday presentation.
- If you opt for a common report, then the report should include two separate parts that make clear who did what.
You may decide as soon as Tuesday evening.
If you change your mind, redo the inscription.
→ You may consult the others’ projects
. Try to play a minority game in your choice!
On Thursday evening :
- Please upload a few slides (typically three) that illustrate your work (.pdf or .ppt or .pptx; openoffice should also be ok).
Try to be visual, avoid text (please avoid bullet lists!).
DON’T SEND ANYTHING THROUGH EMAIL. Use the upload program.
To capture images from Evolife, use the [Photo] button (or [P] shortcut). To make movies, press [V] to enter the film (or video) mode.
Images are stored in ___Result; you have to assemble them to make a movie (see Evolife documentation). Avoid embedding movies into .pptx, or only as gif images.
- You will be ask to talk during 3 minutes about your small study (from you seat). Your audience is not the teachers, but the other students.
- Be interesting
- Be scientifically sound
- You will be asked to answer a small quiz in English (~ 20 min.)
- The code and the written description might be uploaded until the next Tuesday after the Athens week (in the evening).
- Write you report → Please use this template: MSWord or LibreOffice or LaTeX
- Upload your program or any relevant material → Uploading page
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