For the first semester of our club, there will be a graduate-level seminar course that is conceptually linked to, but formally independent from, our club meetings. For this seminar, we have been allowed to help put together a syllabus that explicitly represents the topic domain of collective behavior and distributed systems. It will be led by Prof. Steven Robertson, a developmental psychologist who has expertise in computational topics.
The seminar will be held every Wednesday afternoon, from 12:40 to 2:25, in room Room 151 of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.
Week 1: Self-organization and collective behavior
Week 2: Examples of collective behavior
Week 3: Emergence of power structure
Week 4: Approaches to the evolution of cooperation
Week 5: Collectivity and cultural transmission
Week 6: Macro-ecology
Week 7: Collective formation of language and categories
Week 8: Collective learning
Week 9: Collective thinking and judgment
Week 10: Distributed consciousness
Weeks 11–14: (discussions on how the topics of the previous weeks relate to development)
Download course readings here