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ICAM 2009

Emergence in Physical, Biological, and Social Systems IV

November 13, 2009
340 West Hall, University of Michigan
9 am-4:30 pm
Talks and Poster Session open to the public

Our goal is to help encourage the formation of a coherent community of researchers on campus grouped around the general theme of complexity, emergence, and collective effects.

The meeting is intended for an audience with a wide range of backgrounds.

Speakers and Schedule

8:30 Coffee

9:00-9:15 Welome James Allen
Opening Remarks Scott Page

Morning Session -- Chair: Michal Zochowski

9:15-10:00 Jim Allen
"Regimes of oscillation" in musical instruments: pedal tones and forbidden harmonies

10:15-10:45 Coffee

10:45-1:00 Dietmar Plenz
Section on Critical Brain Dynamics
National Institute of Mental Health
The "tipping point" within brain avalanches (Abstract)

11:45-1:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session -- Chair: Robert Deegan

1:00-1:45 Didier Sornette
Department of Management, Technology and Economics
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
From Adam Smith to Financial Crashes: Dragon-kings vs. Black Swans (Abstract)

2:00-2:45 Mercedes Pascual
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Emergence in the dynamics of epidemic cholera, forest fires, and other consumer-resource systems (Abstract)

3:00-3:30 Coffee

3:30-4:15 David Lubensky
Emergence in Biological Development 

4:30 Adjourn

Poster Session

A poster session will be held. If you are interested in presenting at the poster session, please send your title and abstract by November 10th to Howard Oishi ( ). Posters will be displayed outside of 340 West Hall. There is foam board available that is 36"x48", so please try to keep your poster within these dimensions.


J. W. Allen, Physics, University of Michigan
R. D. Deegan, Physics and Complex Systems, University of Michigan
M. Zochowshi, Physics, Biophysics, University of Michigan