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Public lecture - Chaos is not random and complexity is not complicated

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Chaos is not random and Complexity is not complicated

A free public lecture by Professor Michael Small (UWA, CSIRO) at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

Wednesday 13 December 2017

6.00pm-6.30pm - drinks

6.30 - 7.30pm - Public lecture

Macquarie Theatre, Building W2.4A, 21 Wallys Walk

Chaos theory is the study of relatively simple mathematical systems that behave in a complicated and apparently random way, but are not. Complex systems are systems made from very many simple components interacting and producing emergent behaviour beyond that of which the individual components are capable. Chaos arises in many common physical systems - from a dripping tap to atmospheric circulation. With the aid of some of these systems, Michael will explain the mathematical origin and signature of chaos. In collaboration between UWA and CSIRO, Michaels research group is currently studying a range of complex systems: flocking of birds, collective dynamics of neurones, power grids and utility distribution networks, and interaction between players (both in an AFL game and in resource markets). Professor Small will show how we are developing mathematical tools to better understand, predict and interact with systems such as these. Please join us for this free public lecture.

Professor Michael Small

Michael Small is the CSIRO-UWA Chair of Complex Engineering Systems and holds appointments at both UWA in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and CSIRO’s Mineral Resources. He is also a former ARC Future Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Mathematics Society and a Senior Member of IEEE. Prior to returning to Australia in 2012, he held several academic appointments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and post-doctoral positions in Edinburgh, Stellenbosch, and Perth. He has an honours degree in Pure Mathematics and the History of Mathematics, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. Prof. Small holds several editorial positions with leading specialists journals, including as Editor of Chaos and Associate Editor of International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. Michael’s research is in the areas of Complex Systems, Chaos, and Nonlinear Time Series Analysis. His work spans a range of applications including in predicting and modelling epidemic diseases, biosignal processing, financial market modelling, and engineering systems.

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