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Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros




» Complex System Theory
» Simulated Robotics
» Infoblatt zu Bachelor-/Masterarbeiten
» Genesis Project




lecture course winter term 2016/17:   Advanced Introduction to C++ and Scientific Computing
Seminar:   Complex systems
Fourth edition is out:   Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems, a Primer
open PhD position:   Complex System Theory / Computational Neuroscience (pdf)



Mailing address:
Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Postfach 111932
60054 Frankfurt/Main
Germany
Venue:
Campus Riedberg
Physics building
room number 01.132
Max-von-Laue Str. 1
60438 Frankfurt/Main
Contact:
phone: +49 69 798 47818
fax : +49 69 798 47832
e-mail: gros07@[please remove]itp.uni-frankfurt.de
Anne Metz - secretary
phone: +49 69 798 47817
fax : +49 69 798 47832
e-mail: metz@[please remove]itp.uni-frankfurt.de



The textbook

Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems, a Primer


is available as a Springer textbook (Amazon)
(2008, second / third / fourth editions 2010 / 2013 / 2015).

See also the related lecture course and the table of contents.

and the review by D.P. Feldman, Physics Today 62, July 2009.
[ Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems, a Primer ]



Computational Neurosciences and Complex System Theory

A cognitive system is a percepting and autonomously acting dynamical system. It is influenced, but not driven by sensory input, its self-generated internal dynamics plays therefore a central role.

We are developing organizational principles for autonomous cognitive systems. Examples of organizational principles are polyhomeostasis, a generalization of homeostasis, and diffusive emotional control, an instantiation of meta-learning. [more]




Sensory-Motor Loop and Simulated Robotics

We study the generation of self-organized motor primitives within the sensory-motor loop through short-term synaptic plasticity.

These principles are implemented in self-organized robots and then studied within dynamical systems theory. We find, that complex behavioral patterns may emerge from simple generating principles. This contrast with the standard perspective of objective-controlled movements. [more]




The Genesis project

I have studied the feasibility of an interstellar mission, which would lay the foundations of a self-developing ecosphere of unicellular organisms on otherwise life-less exoplanets. This proposal motivates us to reconsider the role of humanity in a larger context.
  • Shall humanity take an active role in our corner of the galaxy?
  • Which ethical aspects are involved, when helping life to flourish elsewhere?
  • Why should we undertake an endeavor without any tangible benefit for humanity?
The Genesis project has seen a substantial media resonance.

Quotes from –Mageia, the book of colors–

The Genesis project has a connection with a fantasy novel I am currently writing (in german): Mageia, das Buch der Farben. Story plays out in world which is constantly changing und where magicians may influence the feelings of others.

Long-term thinking is important both for the back story of Mageia and for the Genesis project.
But what, when the outcome of the endeavor cannot be predicted with certainty?

»Hope is sometimes stronger,« would the advisor to the legendary queen say, »than knowing for sure.«

When you may become a magician when encountering death during a near-death experience, as in Mageia, you may wonder about what actually relates death to the living.

»Isn't it,« our heroine wonders, »that death is as part of life as birth?«

Within the Genesis project at least it is.


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