Sociology on computer

Talk by Kim Sneppen, Niels Bohr Institute

2017.09.04 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 14 Nov
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus C


Opinions and social status are parts of in a living society. I will describe simplified models for spreading of concepts, rumors and self organization in a model society, inspired by the spreading certain words in Japan. The overall theme is the individuals hunt for news, and replacement of old information with newer information. 

The first model illustrate how consensus seeking among a collection of illustrate how social networking may cause either 1) large variation in the popularity of initially individual may cause large fluctuations in consensus.

Secondly I introduce a network model that illustrate how social networking may cause either 1) large variation in the popularity of initially identical individuals or 2) segregation into sub-communities.


About the speaker:

Kim Sneppen, Professor in Biological Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Dennmark. PhD in theoretical Nuclear Physics from 1989. Experience from research in complex and biological systems, with focus on describing these through mathematics and physics. 

Published articles within evolution, punctuated equilibrium, self organization, dynamics of transcription on DNA, translation traffic of mRNA, small RNA regulation, gene regulatory circuits, epigenetics, networks, information distribution, phage biology, phage-bacteria ecosystems, cellular automata for biological competition and diversity. 

Have the last 9 years been leader of the Center for Models of Life, financed by a generous center of excellence grant from the Danish National Research Council.

Kim Sneppen, Professor, Director for Center for Models of Life.^
Niels Bohr Institute