Complex systems can be considered in terms of simpler connected parts. For example, living cells are collections of molecules, which themselves are collections of atoms; societies are collections of individuals. And yet the properties of complex systems are more than just the sum of the properties of their components.

This year’s Honors Day Science Symposium focuses on the challenge of modeling complex systems and discovering the laws that govern their behavior. Topics include: modeling and visualization of molecular interactions in living cells, discovering patterns of information that flow across the Internet, and the proper role of computer simulation in modeling complex processes.


Lada A. Adamic, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems 

David S. Goodsell, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute

Leo Kadanoff, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Chicago


Sponsored by the Hardy Chair