Gorge Tech hosts ‘Complexity: A Guided Tour’

The Gorge Technology Alliance invites the community to a May 22 presentation by Professor Melanie Mitchell on “Complexity: A Guided Tour.”

Mitchell, professor at Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute, will share examples that illustrate how the interdisciplinary field of complex systems science is discovering common principles underlying different natural and technological systems.

Networking starts at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation around 7 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River. There is a $10 entry for non-GTA members; appetizers are included.

Mitchell is the author or editor of five books and over 70 scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science and complex systems. Her most recent book, Complexity: A Guided Tour (Oxford, 2009), won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. It was also named by Amazon.com as one of the ten best science books of 2009, and was long-listed for the Royal Society’s 2010 book prize.

According to Mitchell, as science probes the nature of life, society, and technology ever more closely, what it finds is complexity. The sophisticated group behavior of social insects, the unexpected intricacies of the genome, the dynamics of population growth, and the self-organized structure of the Internet are just a few examples of complex systems that still elude scientific understanding.

Comprehending such systems seems to require a wholly new approach, one that re-maps long-standing disciplinary boundaries, says Mitchell.

Mitchell is a professor of computer science at Portland State University, and an external professor and member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute.

The Gorge Technology Alliance supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge. It meets each month with networking and educational opportunities.

For questions about the GTA, contact Executive Director Jessica Metta at (541) 296-2266 or Jessica


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