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Modelling Complex Systems, 10.0 c

Course code:1MA256, Report code:60020, 67%, DAG, NML
week: 13 - 22 Semester: Spring 2016 (2016-03-28 - 2016-06-05)

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Information about course start

Course start: 2016-04-04

Course information

Welcome to modelling complex systems 2016.

We will look at mathematical and simulation methods for modelling everything from pattern formation of seashells to bird flocking, segregation in society and sports. This course is taught by David Sumpter, Ernest Liu and Alex Szorkovszky.

The course is assessed on the basis of two exercise sheets and a project, based on a research paper. Exercise sheet 1 consists of two questions and is worth 24 points. Exercise sheet 2 consists of three questions and is worth 48 points. The final project worth 28 points. To pass the course (grade 3) you must correctly answer questions amounting to at least 50 points. In order to get grade 4 you must get 70 points. In order to get a grade 5 you must get 75 points overall and at least 18 points for the project. 

The lab sessions of this course are intended as a learning experience and we will provide extensive help with the exercises. To get the most out of this course you should attend these sessions where we will give valuable tips and advice on the problems. You are encouraged to work together in groups but each person should submit their own final set of answers to the questions. It is preferred that simulations should be implemented in Matlab, but it is acceptable to use other languages. We will try to help with programming problems in all languages, but `guarantee' help only in Matlab.

The following deadlines are strict and must be followed:

Friday 22nd April: Deadline for exercise sheet 1. 

Friday 20th May: Deadline for exercise sheet 2.

Friday 10th June: Final project deadline.

Please submit hand-ins on studentportalen.  All code should be submitted as an appendix and not as part of the answer to the hand-ins. If you want to submit a video (which you are encouraged to do for some questions) then put it on Studentportalen or online if it is too large.

Introductory lectures

Before the first lecture (on April 4th) please watch the following online videos. 

Downloadable lecture 1: What is a complex system?

Downloadable lecture 2: Mathematical models

Downloadable lecture 3: Cellular automata models.

Downloadable lecture 4: Mathematical approach to complex systems.