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Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors:
Complexity: A Guided Tour
4pm, Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Branford P. Millar Library
1875 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97207
What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of individual neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? What is it that guides self-organizing structures like the immune system, the World Wide Web, the global economy, and the human genome? These are just a few of the fascinating and elusive questions that the science of complexity seeks to answer.
Come to Millar Library to learn more about the book Complexity: A Guided Tour
and author and professor Melanie Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell's work focuses on developing new algorithms to enable computers to identify and analyze visual images. She earned her Ph.D. under one of the field's pioneers, Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.