AMS Let’s Talk Solutions #1, Peter Sloot

On 15 January was the kick-off of the Spring 2015 lecture series ‘Let’s Talk Solutions’, by prof. Peter Sloot (UvA), in special collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies.

Cities are considered to be truly complex systems; the intricate interplay between the social and physical structures results in endless patterns of self-organization and adaptation. These relations are non-linear. Cities are subject of urban scaling laws. When cities double in size, there productivity increases with 15 percent. Transmittable diseases and crime numbers increase with more or less the same number. Sloot presented a ‘new science of cities’, building on the work of Geoffrey West, Luis Bettencourt and Michael Batty. He argued that the driving forces behind cities are the interconnected networks within them. According to Sloot these highly networked cities are the ones most resilient to change, due to their self-organized nature.
Read more: blog by Zef Hemel (in Dutch)

Reactions on Peter Sloot’s lecture:

Finding fundamental relationships for complex adaptive systems; what are the mathematical foundations of our society?
– Sjouke Wieringa, MSc student Civil Engineering, TU Delft/AMS.

The world changes rapidly!! Nowadays, most people live in urban areas: We have to learn how to be healthy, successful, save and mobile!! See also:
– Gerrit Huijs, visited the lecture out of personal interest

I’m familiar with CAS (Complex Adaptive Systems) and the lecture organised by AMS, was a real eye opener for me. Inspirational was Peter Sloot’s insight on how to approach and solve these urban and society problems efficiently using a Network Analysis System.
– Vicky Aspasiou, MSc student Wageningen University

Let’s Talk Solutions! is a series of public lectures, hosted by AMS. The monthly talks are inspiring, critical and interactive. Through different topics we will explore solutions for metropolitan challenges. Always bringing together engineering, entrepreneurship and Amsterdam.

The next public lecture takes place on Friday 20 February, presented by Michael Shin. For more information check the calendar. You are kindly invited!