Date: 6 – 8 March 2017

Venue: Auditorium, Level 2, Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Address: 60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673

Synopsis

We seek to manage and control our world by establishing causalities. And we try to use science to help us. However one of the biggest challenges for science is to untangle or better understand the relationship between causality and reality. This is especially true for complexity science that deals with the real world, or with complex systems like our brains or our immune system,

Causality is the agency or efficacy that connects one process (the cause) with another (the effect),
where the first is understood to be partly responsible for the second.

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be
imagined.

Once we have met this challenge we have the key to finding ways to sustainably manage our lives, our systems, our science, our education, our laws, our healthcare and our cities in a world that is becoming more complex and interconnected than ever before. It is also key to finding new breakthroughs in the sciences that seek to understand “the human” and its relations.

The sixth Para Limes complexity conference is about “Causality – Reality”.

The annual complexity conference has become widely recognized as unique in South-East Asia. In these conferences some of the best scientists and thinkers in the area of complexity share their views with you. The twelve speakers in this conference are uniquely qualified to address the issue of Causality – Reality. To hear them share their insights and partake in their discussions will be a great experience for all participants to the conference.

The setting of the conference is informal. After each talk there will be ample time for the audience and the speakers to discuss and meet.

We warmly invite you to actively take part in it.

 

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Videos & Presentation Slides

Opening address by Bertil Andersson
President, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Welcome remarks by Jan W. Vasbinder
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Chair: Cheong Siew Ann
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Biography

 

Speaker: George Rzevski
Emeritus Professor, Complexity and Design Research Group, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Stuart Kauffman
Emeritus Professor – Biochemistry, The University of Pennsylvania, United States
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: De Kai
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Biography & Abstract

 

Speaker: Michael Puett
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, United States
Biography & Abstract

 

Chair: Mikhail Filippov
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Biography

 

Speaker: James Bailey
Independent Scholar, United States
Biography & Abstract Presentation

 

Speaker: Nick Obolensky
Chief Executive Officer, Complex Adaptive Leadership, United Kingdom
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Ernst Pöppel
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Stefan Thurner
Professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna and President of Complexity Science Hub, Vienna
Biography & Abstract │ Presentation

 

Chair: Jan W. Vasbinder
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Biography

 

Speaker: Ilan Chabay
Head of Strategic Research Initiatives and Fellowships, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change International Research Alliance (KLASICA), Potsdam, Germany
Biography & Abstract │ Presentation

 

Speaker: Peter Edwards
Director, Singapore-ETH Centre
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Mile Gu
Nanyang Assistant Professor and National Research Foundation Fellow, Complexity Institute and School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Biography & Abstract | Presentation

 

Speaker: Sydney Brenner
Senior Fellow, A*STAR, Singapore
Biography

 

Closing remarks by Jan W. Vasbinder
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore