The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis


May 16 – 18, 2012
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Register now for the Science of Complexity symposium

The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University and the Santa Fe Institute are jointly offering a three day symposium entitled “The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis” May 16-18, 2012. The event will take place at the new Founders Hall facility on the GMU Arlington campus. Through the lenses of finance, economics, complex systems, neuroeconomics, and computational social science, the symposium will explore the structure and dynamics of the 2008 financial crisis and its reverberations through time, including the current Eurozone crisis. Attendees will come away with a high-level understanding of the tools the sciences of complexity bring to an emerging view of these crises, including cutting-edge insights from the application of non-linear dynamics, social networks, systemic risk, experimental economics and related approaches.

More information about the course such as an agenda, information about local accommodations, and speaker bios can be found on this wiki page.

Program Coordinators
Melanie Mitchell, Professor, Computer Science, Portland State University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute; author of Complexity: A Guided Tour, winner of Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2012 Book Award in Science.

James Olds, Director, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Neuroscience at George Mason University and Chair of the Department of Molecular Neuroscience.

Confirmed Speakers
Rob Axtell, Chair, Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advances Study; co-author of Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up.

Aaron Clauset, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado at Boulder and a fellow in the Colorado Biofrontiers Institute; previously an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.

Doyne Farmer, Faculty Member, Santa Fe Institute

Tim Gulden, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Social Complexity, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; Research Scholar with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).

Nadine Kabbani, Faculty Member, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Neuroscience with joint appointments in the Departments of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and Molecular & Microbiology.

David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute.

Michael Mauboussin, Chief Investment Strategist, Legg Mason Capital Management

Kevin McCabe, Professor, Economics and Law and Director, Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics, George Mason University; joint appointments at George Mason’s Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, the Mercatus Center, and Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Maksim Tsvetovat, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University.


J. Doyne Farmer,  Professor, Santa Fe Institute.

Steven Pearlstein, (Panel Moderator),Robinson Professor, Public & International Affairs, Robinson Professors

Margaret Polski, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study


$1,500 before May 1, 2012
$1,700  May 1, 2012 and after

In the event of a cancellation before May 1, 2012, 50% of the program tuition will be refunded. Beginning May 1, 2012 and after, no refunds will be made.