Project notes on a white board in C4. Photo: Jessica Flack FLACK, KRAKAUER, AND CENTER FOR COMPLEXITY AND COLLECTIVE COMPUTATION (C4) TO MOVE TO SANTA FE INSTITUTE AFTER A GREAT RUN AT UW MADISON In summer 2015 the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation (C4) will move to the Santa Fe Institute where it will become the Collective Computation Group. Jessica Flack and David Krakauer, Co-Directors of C4, have accepted positions at SFI as Professor and President respectively. The mission of C4 is to discover the common information processing, regulatory, and computational principles underlying the emergence of societies of cells and organisms in the history of life on earth. Research in C4 focuses on collective behavior at all scales of biological organization and sits at the interface of evolutionary theory and developmental dynamics, statistical mechanics, information theory, theoretical computer science, and behavior and cognition. The Center for Complexity and Collective Computation is an intellectual and pluralistic research environment bounded only by rigor and disciplined thinking. The science of C4 is produced during synergistic collaboration among researchers with common interests but not necessarily the same expertise and skill sets. It is quantitative, empirical, and creative. Jessica Flack built C4 at UW Madison from the ground up over the last three years. This included founding several nontraditional programs. The John von Neumann Public Lecture Series in Complexity and Computation attracts as many 450 people from town and the university to each of its monthly talks. The Very Informal Seminar Series is a unique series on campus designed to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to discuss unsolved problems presenting quantitative, conceptual, and analytical challenges. And Borgesisan Collaborations is a program that fosters projects and events that bring together creative minds in science, film, literature, and art to tackle labyrinthine ideas linking these modes of production. In addition to these activities C4 sponsors a number of educational programs including a course run by C4’s Postdoctoral Fellows on complexity science for high school students. “It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to build C4 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. There is so much talent on campus and in the larger community of Madison. You encounter curiosity and a desire to contribute in everyone you meet here.” Flack says. The John von Neumann Public Lecture Series will continue through May 2015.
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