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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Intersections of Emergence with Reversibility and Simulation

9th February 2015, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Kalyan S Perumalla (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)

If an emergent phenomenon were characterized by a momentary event, what would it mean to undo that event, at least conceptually? If emergence were to be defined as a time-spanning process, can there be a corresponding inverse process of de-emergence? If emergence happens to be a purely conceptual perception, would a concept of reversibility of emergence make sense? Or, is emergence always persistent and hence irreversible? Can computer-based simulation model emergence? How does the reversibility of a simulated emergent phenomenon relate to the reversibility of its simulation? Do the answers depend on whether the phenomenon is purely physics-based or is a combination of physical and behavioral components? This seminar will attempt to clarify such questions in the intersections of emergence with reversibility and simulation, and will offer initial thoughts towards answering some of them.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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