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Re: [Swarmfest2006] Keynote speakers

From: Steve Railsback
Subject: Re: [Swarmfest2006] Keynote speakers
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:12:15 -0700
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Marcus G. Daniels wrote:

the SDG seems a little depressing, in particular the cult of personality thing w.r.t. Keynote Speakers. Better to encourage coolness by performance than by throwing out authorities to admire. But I understand I'm probably in the minority on this.

Actually Marcus, you gave me an idea: what about inviting a small number of people who have done some cool work themselves and (ideally) are up to date on their particular domain, even if they are not famous. We give each an hour and ask them to talk about their own work and summarize research issues in their field. Ideally they would not be social scientists (for balance) but would have an interdisciplinary perspective that would interest everyone.

We could have four such people, one of them speaking at the start and after each of the breaks Friday.

Some examples:
o Biomedicine: Gary An and/or this person who has done some cool NetLogo modeling of the vascular system: http://bme.virginia.edu/people/faculty/peirce/#publications.
 o Finance: Blake LeBaron
o Commodity markets: Leigh Tesfatsion (I know her work overlaps with yours, Michael, but you guys will have enough presence at this meeting!)
 o I would not mind doing a talk on ecology

Who else has done something that deserves more attention?

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