Investigating Current Social, Economic and Educational Issues using Framework and Tools of Complexity Science

By George Rzevski.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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There exists compelling evidence that as evolution takes its course the complexity of our social, economic, educational and cultural environments increases. Methods and tools that were suitable for resolving issues arising in stable environments are not effective under conditions of uncertainty created by the occurrence of frequent, unpredictable events. The new Science of Complexity offers a framework and software tools for resolving issues which change during the problem solving process. The power of Complexity Science concepts (self-organisation, emergence, autonomy, evolution, adaptation) backed by intelligent software tools is illustrated by a variety of case studies from author's rich experience as a researcher and practitioner, including large-scale logistics, social security provision, fraud detection, security screening, data mining, knowledge discovery, education and many others.

Keywords: Complexity, Self-Organisation, Emergence, Evolution, Adaptation, Multi-Agent Technology

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.75-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 693.656KB).

Prof. George Rzevski

Professor, Complexity and Dersign Group, The Open University, London, UK

George Rzevski is Emeritus Professor of the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, where he is involved in research in Complexity Science and Multi-Agent Technology. He is also Founder and Chief Scientist of Magenta Corporation Ltd, London, an international company developing large-scale intelligent multi-agent systems for applications such as logistics, e-commerce, text understanding and knowledge management. Before founding Magenta Corporation and undertaking the leading role in the design of large-scale multi-agent software for commercial applications, Professor Rzevski was full Professor with The Open University, Milton Keynes, where he was Director, Centre for the Design of Intelligent Systems. His Centre was well funded by grants from government and industry and his Department was rated 5 out of 5 in the two UK Research Assessment Exercises.

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