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ICAM 2010

Energy and Emergence

November 19, 2010
340 West Hall, University of Michigan
9 am-4:45 pm
Talks and Poster Session open to the public

This is the fifth annual ICAM symposium on emergence. 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.

Video recordings of the introduction, talks and discussion from this workshop are available from the University of Michigan Campus Automated Rich Media Archiving (CARMA) service.

Speakers and Schedule

The total time for each speaker includes 20 minutes for discussion.

8:30-9.00 Coffee

Welome: James Allen
Department of Physics
University of Michigan

Opening Remarks: Dennis Assanis
Director, Michigan Memories Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI)

Morning Session -- Chair: Adam Matzger
Associate Director for Science and Technology, MMPEI

9:15-10:30 Daniel Cox
Co-director: Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM)
Department of Physics, University of California at Davis
ICAM: How a Global Science Network could help solve Global Energy Problems (Abstract)

10:30-11:15 Coffee and Posters

11:15-12:30 Bart Bartlett
Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan
Materials Design for Understanding the Basic Science of Renewable Energy (Abstract)

12:30-1:45 Lunch (not provided) and Posters

Afternoon Session -- Chair: James Allen

1:45-3:00 Ian Dobson
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Cascading Failure and Complex System Dynamics in Large Blackouts (Abstract)

3:00-3:30 Coffee and Posters

3:30-4:45 Irving Salmeen and *Carl Simon
Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan
*also Associate Director for Social Science and Policy, MMPEI
Emergence and the social-technological history of electrical power: Clues for the future? (Abstract)

4:45 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
Irv Salmeen, CSCS, University of Michigan
Carl Simon, Mathematics, CSCS, Phoenix Energy Institute, University of Michigan