The Complexity, Criticality and Computation (C3) camps are designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to study complex systems.
Humans are typically inclined to use reductionist logic. To understand how a system would behave overall, or to test whether a human-made system works as it was intended to, we put it through a series of short, discrete scenarios, expecting a ‘correct' response to each scenario.
However, complex systems do not lend themselves to short, discrete scenarios. Not all scenarios have clear endings or known, correct answers. The study of complex systems is about understanding indirect effects.
How do we evaluate the usability of, or predict the behaviour of systems that are too complex for our typical reductionist reasoning? The answer to this question is not intuitive or trivial, and a specific skill set needs to be developed in order to answer it.
The next camp will take place in December 2019, following on from a C3 symposium.
In 2016, we hosted a 5 day camp, which covered three research themes:
Each theme was covered in a number of three-hour tutorials, delivered by complex systems experts from the Centre for Complex Systems and overseas.