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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Modelling Complex Systems


Location: Ludwigstr. 31, ground floor, Room 021

You may also view the conference presentations live on Zoom. Please register in order to receive the Zoom link.

Description: The topic of this interdisciplinary workshop is the modelling of complex systems with a focus on the practice of model-building in climate science. The workshop will encompass two types of contributions: (a) the contribution made by the scientists/mathematicians who will focus mainly on the specific problems that they are facing in modelling complex systems (particularly the climate system) and the tools that they employ in dealing with these problems; (b) the contribution made by the philosophers which will focus on the philosophical issues associated with complex systems in general.

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Organizer: Dr. Gabriel Târziu (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich)


March 19th, 2024

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address
09:10 - 09:55 Thomas Birner: "A personal view on the value of working with both comprehensive and strongly idealized models of weather and climate"
09:55 - 10:40 Gabriel Târziu & Borut Trpin: "The role of inconsistency in modelling complex systems: the case of climate models"
10:40 - 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:35 Hella Garny: "How model hierarchies help to understand complex model behavior in atmospheric science"
11:35 - 12:20 John Dougherty: "Multi-model and multi-framework idealizations"
12:20 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:45 Göran Kauermann: "Data Analysis with AI, ML, NLP, Deep Learning, Data Science….Did Statistics Disappear?"
14:45 - 15:30 Tom Sterkenburg: "Simplicity in Machine Learning"
15:30 - 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:25 Alexander Haumann: "An Abrupt Transition of the Coupled Antarctic Sea Ice-Ocean System"
16:25 - 17:10 Naftali Weinberger: "The Comparative-Statics Approach to Modeling Causation in Dynamical Systems"