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21 Jun 2021
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NASA Earth Observing Dashboard Hackathon and Complexity Explorer Updates

Join us for the Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon

June 23 - June 29, 2021

Calling all coders, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, technologists, and space enthusiasts! From June 23- 29, you are invited to join NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) for the all-virtual, global Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon.

Learn More and Register Now >

Computation in Complex Systems

We will be running our Computation Course with TA John Malloy again this summer July 19, 2021 - September 6, 2021.

About the course:

This course explores computational complexity, from search algorithms and solution landscapes to reductions and universality. We explore problems ranging from easy (polynomial time) to hard (NP-complete) to impossible (undecidable). These ideas form one of the most beautiful fields of modern mathematics, and they are increasingly relevant to sciences ranging from physics to biology. The aim of this course is to help participants gain an understanding of the deep ideas of theoretical computer science in a clear and enjoyable fashion, making those ideas accessible both to non-computer scientists and to computer scientists who want to revisit these ideas in a broader and deeper way.

Units include:

1. Easy and Hard

2. Algorithms and Landscapes

3. P versus NP

4. Worst-case, Natural, and Random

5. Computation Everywhere

Units will be released approximately one per week, with a unit exam at the end of each and due by the end of the subsequent week (eg. unit 1 released at start of week 1; unit 1 exam due at the end of week 2). Each unit will require an average of about 5 hours to complete (including all content and assessments). All coursework is conducted in English.

The course requests a tuition fee of $20 in order to offset the costs associated with developing the course content and to provide a nominal stipend for the teaching assistant. Scholarships are available to participants who can articulate a need for support.

Please note that the majority of costs incurred in creating and offering this course are provided by generous donors to Complexity Explorer and the Santa Fe Institute, in service of SFI's mission to bring complexity science to a broad audience. Complexity Explorer could not exist without your donations, so thank you!

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Coming Soon...Open Science Tutorial 


We are excited to launch a new tutorial with SFI postdoctoral fellow Helena Miton in August, 2021. 

This asynchronous tutorial will provide an introduction to Open Science. Open Science refers to a set of practices which can be used to make science more open, reproducible, transparent and inclusive. Students will get an overview of the different principles and practices that can be found under the umbrella term of Open Science. These practices can be found over the whole research cycle, from preregistration, to publishing (including preprints and open access), and including materials, data and code sharing.

Official launch date and registration information coming soon!



All photos by André Roma on Unsplash

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