This research seminar will investigate self-organizing properties of complex information systems and ways of designing adaptive, self-organizing information collections. Some examples of self-organizing information systems include collaborative filtering systems, adaptive websites, market-based information economies, self-generating language communities, and personal information collections. A methodological focus of the seminar will be the use of simulation methods as an investigative and design tool. As part of the course, we'll examine a particularly useful Java-based simulation platform called RePast, along with RePast extensions being developed at GSLIS's Information Systems Research Lab (ISRL), and a number of simulation examples in the realm of self-organizing information collections.
Professor Les Gasser, UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)
Enrollment Prerequisites: Programming experience strongly recommended. Ph.D student standing or permission of the instructor;
Time: Monday 9:00 - 11:50 AM
Place: TIS Building Conference Room, 704 S. 6th Street, Champaign. (Across the street from the TIS bookstore...