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This website is unfortunately out of date! Please check out the new version appearing at dave.murray-rust.org.
Wednesday morning was the main reason I was here - the symposium on "Agent-Based Modelling of Land-use Effects", organised by [http://www.macaulay.ac.uk/staff/staffdetails.php?garypolhill Gary Polhill].
The second day at US-IALE was mostly taken up with the Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) discussion. This is a funding stream within the NSF, aimed towards funding interdisciplinary work in the area of coupled human and natural systems (although there is some dissent about the "coupled" part of it, as people feel that we should see it more as one system!).
They have a website at [http://www.chans-net.org/] for people to share information about their projects and discuss areas of this kind of research.
This week I'm attending the [http://www.usiale.org/snowbird2009/ US-IALE] conference in Snowbird, Utah, with the tagline "Coupling Humans and Complex Ecological Landscapes".
It's really exciting when things start to come together... Last night me and Owen got two pods working: disturbing the pendulum bob, sensing it, and communicating with Max/MSP via the Arduino.
Started off in the Social Networks and Multi-Agent Systems room again, a talk by Davide Donetto, about "The emergence of shared social representations in complex networks". He talked about the difference between "reified" roles, which are selected by rules according to competences, and "consensual" roles, which are freely chosen by the agents. His model involved a social network of agents, constructed with a small world distribution, so that when a new node is added, the probability of it linking to an existing node is proportional to the share of the links that node has:
"I love having all my music on my harddrive, but I miss the physicality of records and CDs". It's been said a million times.
So, here's a plan to get back the physicality, and the artwork:
* print out artwork of album covers
* put a [[wp:DataMatrix]] tag on the back with the album's location on the computer
* have a pile of albums, and wave them at a camera to play.