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[liberationtech] Course: Collective Behavior and Distributed Intelligence (SYMSYS 275/BIO 175)

Todd Davies davies at
Tue Mar 7 13:46:01 PST 2017

 SYMSYS 275/BIO 175

Collective Behavior and Distributed Intelligence
An Interdisciplinary Workshop

2016-2017 Spring Quarter, Stanford University

SYMSYS 275 / BIO 175: 3 units, Ltr-CR/NC

Instructors: Todd Davies<> and Deborah Gordon
<>(with assistance from Bernardo Huberman<>)

Wednesdays 4:30-5:20pm

Room 460-126 (Margaret Jacks Hall<>, first floor)

Public website:

Course Description

This course will explore possibilities for student research projects based on presentations of faculty research. We will cover a broad range of topics within the general area of collective behavior and distributed intelligence, in both natural and artificial environments. Students will build on faculty presentations to develop proposals for future projects. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. For more info, see the course syllabus<>.
Schedule of Presentations


Week 1
April 5
        Introductions and Overview
        Todd Davies<> (Symbolic Systems), Deborah Gordon<> (Biology), and Bernardo Huberman<> (Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials)
Week 2
April 12
        In A Flash: Crowdsourcing Organizations, Collaboration, and Research    Michael Bernstein<> (Computer Science)

Week 3
April 19
        Better Than the Best: The Value of Collective Intelligence      Bernardo Huberman<> (Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials)
Week 4
April 26
        Communicative Action in Groups and Support Networks
        Todd Davies<> (Symbolic Systems)

Week 5
May 3
        An Engineer’s Perspective on Insect Swarms      Nick Ouellette<> (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Week 6
May 10
        Decision Making at Scale: Algorithms, Platforms, and Mechanisms
        Ashish Goel<> (Management Science and Engineering and Computer Science)

Week 7
May 17
        Centrality, Influence, and Diffusion in Networks        Matthew O. Jackson<> (Economics)

Week 8
May 24
        The Ecology of Collective Behavior in Ant Colonies
        Deborah Gordon<> (Biology)
Week 9
May 31
        Student Project Proposals

Week 10
June 7
        Student Project Proposals

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