Summer Institute at CMU: June 10-16, 2019

CASOS (Center for Computational Analysis of Social & Organizational Systems) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA


Research Opportunity Programs ENV299Y/399Y

ENV1: Studying complexity in natural systems through simulation models 

ENV2: Studying behavioural change through simulation models 

(Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 - Together)

M 5:00-7:00 p.m.

University of Toronto

Description: In ENV1 and ENV2, students study complexity in the system of their choice through the construction of agent-based simulations. We offer opportunities for students in the social and the natural sciences. Computer science students can work on programming or more theoretical issues in AI. (View full course description)

As a credit course, this is only available to 2nd and 3rd year students in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science, but any student from any institution can participate. We do support students who want to use the software to fulfill a course requirement or a part of their own independent research. If you can make it to the lab, we will make time for you. We also have student modellers at the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Western University. We are also willing to arrange a visit to another school for training on the use of the software and agent-based simulation.


PHC 6934: Disaster Forensics (Fall 2019)

University of South Florida, College of Public Health

Description: Recently the global threat landscape has seen the emergence of high impact, low probability events. Events like Hurricane Katrina, the Great Japan Earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irma, Super Typhoon Haiyan, global terrorist activities, aviation and critical infrastructure disasters have become the new normal. Extreme events challenge our understanding regarding the interdependencies and complexity of the disaster aetiology and often trigger cascading public health emergencies.

Disaster Forensics aims to uncover the complex causality that characterizes accidents and disasters (natural disasters, man-made accidents to man-made intentional disasters). It is about seeing with new eyes.  The evidence-based approach is rooted in the traditional conceptualization of Forensics where in the early 20th century, Dr. Edmond Locard, a forensic science pioneer in France, formulated the theory which states, “Every contact leaves a trace”.


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