Thread: Emergence Symposium, ELSI, Tokyo Tech, Jan 2019

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Christine Houser
2018-10-16 18:24:17
Explore the similarities and differences among plate tectonics, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena.

Register now for the 2019 ELSI Symposium in Tokyo! Our speakers from across to globe will examine issues that are common to the emergence of natural systems, say planets from non-planets, or life from non-life. Join lively discussions, break-out groups, and poster sessions. Your attendance is key as the insights which emerge from the event depend on the interactions of the participants. Register asap, and we look forward to hosting you in January.

"COMPARATIVE EMERGENCE", 8-11 January, 2019
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama Campus, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract of the Symposium: A hallmark of many natural systems, from galaxies, to solar systems, planets, chemical systems, and biology (both at the organismal and ecosystem/societal level) is the fact that due to their having many interacting and interdependent components, coupled with large degrees of freedom, they may access a multitude of dynamical states as they evolve. Collaborations between these processes may give rise to the emergence of new dynamical states with novel traits. In the unfolding history of the universe we see multiple transitions from abundant free energy towards sparsity across vast spatio-temporal scales, with self-propagating emergent processes arising out of the resulting competition for resources. The 7th ELSI Symposium will explore the parallels and differences of emergent system dynamics across many fields of study, ranging from astrophysics to sociology, before turning to the question of emergence itself, what it is, how to measure it, and how to use these concepts as a tool to comparative emergence as a tool for trans-disciplinary cross-fertilization in the natural sciences.

Tuesday 8 January (Symposium Day 1)
Opening Lecture: Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo)
Session 1: Emergence of the Universe, Galaxies, Stars
Chair: Elizabeth Tasker (ISAS/JAXA)
Speakers: Katie Mack (North Carolina State University)
Takayuki Saitoth (Earth-Life Science Institute)

Wednesday 9 January (Symposium Day 2)
Session 2: Emergence of Planetary Complexity
Chair: John Hernlund (ELSI)
Speakers: Lindy Elkins-Tanton (Arizona State University)
Yasuhito Sekine (Earth-Life Science Institute)
Session 3: Emergence of Organic Chemical Complexity
Chair: Henderson Cleaves (ELSI)
Speakers: Donna Blackmond (Scripps Research Institute)
Mark Smith (University of Arizona)

Thursday 10 January (Symposium Day 3)
Session 4: Emergence of Life
Chair: Shawn McGlynn (ELSI)
Speakers: Simonetta Gribaldo (Institut Pasteur)
Nathaniel Virgo (Earth-Life Science Institute)
Session 5: Emergence of Communication
Chair: Olaf Witkowski (ELSI)
Speakers: Joseph Lizier (University of Sydney)
Naftali Tishby (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Friday 11 January (Symposium Day 4)
Session 6: Characterizing Emergence
Chair: Christine Houser (ELSI)
Speakers: Alexandra Penn (University of Surrey)
Arsev Aydinoglu (Middle East Technical University)
Session 7: Emergence of Emergence
Chair: Yuko Ishihara (ELSI)
Speakers: Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia)
Francis Heylighen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Session 8: Panel Discussion
Chair: Mary Voytek (NASA, ELSI)
Panelists: John Baross (University of Washington)
Luis Campos (University of New Mexico)
Sara Walker (Arizona State University)

The lectures will take place in Digital Hall on the Tokyo Tech campus and the afternoons will include breakout sessions into smaller groups and poster sessions in the ELSI buildings.
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