Satellite Meeting

Join us April 29 – 30, 2018 for the NCM Satellite Meeting “Complexity of the Nervous System”. The Satellite meeting will be held at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder in advance of the annual Society for the Neural Control of Movement Meeting.

Neural Control of Movement Satellite Meeting

Complexity of the Nervous System

The Satellite Meeting will begin with registration and a drinks reception on Sunday April 29th followed by the main sessions on Monday April 30th, 2018 at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, in Santa Fe, NM.


The satellite is organized by the Santa Fe Institute.

The science of complexity is fundamentally concerned with the study of many-body adaptive systems – for example, an ant colony or a country’s economy.

The brain is arguably the ultimate complex adaptive system, as it is made up of millions of individual entities (neurons) that interact across multiple spatial and temporal timescales in order to learn about the body and the environment.

Beginning in the last third of the twentieth century, frameworks have begun to emerge that seek to explain the behavior of aggregated learning systems like the brain.  These include network theory, scaling laws, and non-linear dynamics.  The Santa Fe Institute is at the center of these theoretical efforts.

In this one-day satellite session, we shall review recent progress in complexity science.  Introducing the fundamental tools and concepts required to understand adaptive neural phenomena.  Our goal is to candidly demonstrate what they can and what they cannot do.  We shall illustrate their power to make sense of complicated data as applied to neural case studios.

Confirmed Speakers

David Krakauer
Artemy Kolchinsky
Michelle Girvan

Geoffrey West
Jessica Flack