Instructor: Luis M. Rocha, Center for Complex Networks and Systems, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University
Associate Instructor: Thomas Parmer
Class Location and Time:Wednesdays, 11:15AM - 1:45PM, Room: Informatics East, 901 E. 10th St., Room 122
Description:The course deals with the foundations of Informatics as an interdisciplinary field. We will study concepts such as Information, Technology, Knowledge, Modeling, as well as their impact on science and society. The course will also attempt to define and understand what computational and systems thinking can bring to science and society. The course is required for the PhD in Informatics as well as the NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training Program in Complex Networks and Systems at Indiana University.
Aims: The course is designed to present and discuss the history, methodology and impact of informatics; students are introduced to various approaches to informatics via the appropriate literature. Finally, students are expected to develop a understanding of what constitutes research in the field, via a familiarization with relevant funding opportunities.
Luis Rocha: Wednesdays 9-11AM, 919 E. 10th St, Room #301
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G.L. Ciampaglia, P. Shiralkar, L.M. Rocha, J. Bollen, F. Menczer, A. Flammini . “Computational fact checking from knowledge networks.” PLoS One. 10(6): e0128193. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128193.
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Clark, A. . Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence. Oxford University Press. Chapters 2 and 6
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Rubenstein, M., A. Cornejo, and R. Nagpal. 2014. “Programmable Self-Assembly in a Thousand-Robot Swarm.” Science 345 (6198) (August 14): 795–799.
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Agar, J. E. "The curious history of curiosity-driven research." Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science (2018).
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Zhang, W. . "Ten Simple Rules for Writing Research Papers." PLoS Computational Biology 10 (1): e1003453.
|Heims, S.G. . The Cybernetics Group. MIT Press. Chapters: 11, and 12.|
|McCulloch, W. and W. Pitts , "A Logical Calculus of Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity". Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics 5:115-133.|
|Aleksander, I. . Understanding Information Bit by Bitî. In: It must be beautiful : great equations of modern science. G. Farmelo (Ed.), Granta, London.|
|Klir, G.J. . Facets of systems Science. Springer. Chapters: 8 and 11|
|Klir, G.J. and D. Elias . Architecture of Systems Problem Solving. Springer. Chapters: 3 and 4|
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