Madan BabuUniversity of Cambridge
Madan Babu is currently a Senior Investigator at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK and and a Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. His group aims to understand how regulation is achieved at multiple levels of complexity in cellular systems and how this influences evolution of organisms and their genome.
Robert DevaneyBoston University
Robert L. Devaney is Professor of Mathematics at Boston University. His main area of research is dynamical systems, primarily complex analytic dynamics. Since 1989 he has been director of the National Science Foundation's Dynamical Systems and Technology Project. The goal of this project is to show students and teachers how ideas from modern mathematics together with modern technology can be used effectively in the high school and college curriculum.
Murray Gell-MannSanta Fe Institute
Murray Gell-Mann is an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. In 1984 Gell-Mann co-founded the Santa Fe Institute, in the 1990s his interest turned to the theory of complex adaptive systems, which brings together topics such as historical linguistics, archeology, natural history, and other subjects connected with biological and cultural evolution and with learning.
Ricardo HausmannHarvard University
Ricardo Hausmann is Director of the Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University. Previously, he served as the first Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank, as Minister of Planning of Venezuela and as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance.
Yoh IwasaKyushu University
Yoh Iwasa is professor of Theoretical Biology at the Department of Biology, Kyushu University, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University. Examples of his study areas include: pattern formation in cone mosaic of fish retina, leaf vein formation, circadian rhythm, somatic evolution of cancer, genomic imprinting, mate preference evolution, forest dynamics.
Peter SchusterUniversity of Vienna
Peter Schuster is a theoretical chemist, known for his work on evolution of molecules and structure based RNA bioinformatics. He has contributed to the understanding of origin of life models. He is professor emeritus at Vienna University, was founding director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Jena and served previously as the President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is external faculty professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
Giulio Superti-FurgaAustrian Academy of Sciences
Giulio Superti-Furga is a molecular and systems biologist based in Vienna, Austria. He is the Scientific Director of CeMM, the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His work has directly contributed to a systems-level understanding of pathogen infections in host cells and of the mechanism of action of specific drugs. He is an advocate for the adoption of systems biology approaches for medicine.
Eörs SzathmáryCollegium Budapest
Eörs Szathmáry is a Hungarian theoretical evolutionary biologist at Collegium Budapest and at the Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is the co-author with John Maynard Smith of The Major Transitions in Evolution, a seminal work which continues to contribute to ongoing issues in evolutionary biology.
Corina TarnitaHarvard University
Corina Tarnita is a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. She is part of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, directed by Martin Nowak. Her research interests include evolutionary dynamics (in particular, evolutionary game theory).
Constantino TsallisBrazilian Center for Physics Research
Constantino Tsallis is a physicist in the area of statistical mechanics, head of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Brazilian Center for Physics Research, Rio de Janeiro, and also head of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems of Brazil. He has worked in a variety of theoretical subjects; since two decades, he is focusing on the entropy and the foundations of statistical mechanics.
Geoffrey WestSanta Fe Institute
Geoffrey West is Distinguished Professor and former President of the Santa Fe Institute. His interests are in fundamental questions in physics and biology, from elementary particles to the origins and principles underlying universal scaling laws in biology, including metabolism, growth, aging, cancer, and ecosystems. Recent work focused on a theory of cities, companies and global sustainability. He was selected for Time's list of "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2007).
Besides the keynote speakers above, the conference and its satellites will feature invited talks including the following experts.
Petra Ahrweiler Tomaso Aste Albert-László Barabási Allain Barrat Jean-Philippe Bouchaud Damiano Brigo Ed Bullmore Guido Caldarelli Frank Cunningham Michel Dacorogna Peter Davis Tiziana Di Matteo Moez Draief Bruce Edmonds Mauro Gallegati Bei Gao Nigel Gilbert Bielenia Grajewska Giulia Iori Ozde Kalkan János Kertész Alan Kirman Manuela Korber Vito Latora Renaud Lambiotte Fabrizio Lillo Pablo Lucas Rosario N. Mantegna Cecilia Mascolo Luca Minghini Gianluca Misuraca Sylvie Occelli Manfred Paier Diane Payne Dino Pedreschi Luciano Pietronero Jeremy Pitt Andreas Pyka Giovanni Rabino Peter Richmond Miguel Romance Martin Rosvall Jose Javier Alba Sanchez Jari Saramäki Michel Schilperoord Benjamin Schrempf Ferdinando Semboloni William Shaw Dave Snowden Eugene H. Stanley John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite Stefan Thurner Andromachi Tseloni Alessandro Vespignani Christopher Watts Yi-Cheng Zhang*
* to be confirmed