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Professor Mitchell Feigenbaum,
The Rockefeller University, USA

Professor Mitchell Jay Feigenbaum is a pioneer in the science of chaos. Insofar as physics is about the quest for understanding, Professor Feigenbaum's work is in the grand tradition of physics and has a universality that cuts across disciplines. His work has applications in a wide range of fields including one- dimensional quadratic maps, complex chemical reactions, the onset of turbulence in convecting fluids under appropriate conditions, and the dynamics of growth of competing biological populations. The impact of his discoveries has been phenomenal and his observations are at the heart of theoretical limitations to the predictive power of science. His awards include the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics for developing the theory of deterministic chaos, a New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology for his pioneering studies in chaos theory, Israel’s top scientific honor, the Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Ernest O. Lawrence Award by the United States Department of Energy, amongst others.

Craig Reynolds,
Matterport, USA

Craig Reynolds is an artificial life and computer graphics expert. His interests center around using computer programs to simulate complex natural phenomenon. These models can aide scientific understanding of the natural system. He is probably best known for his work on modeling coordinated animal motion such as bird flocks and fish schools. His most recent work involves using evolutionary computation to model the evolution of camouflage in nature. Reynolds won the 1998 Scientific And Engineering Award presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for pioneering contributions to the development of three dimensional computer animations for motion picture production. He is a frequent reviewer for a number of conferences and journals and has served on the editorial boards of Artificial Life and Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machine.

Professor Jeffrey Johnson,
The Open University, UK

Professor Jeff Johnson is Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University. As a member of the Global Systems Dynamics and Policy Consortium, he is particularly interested in the application of new scientific methods in global systems dynamics to address policy issues, and is working towards making links between science and its application to large complex policy problems in the private and public sectors. Professor Johnson has written major Computer Aided Learning packages and has various awards for his teaching including a British Computer Society medal for innovation in computer-aided learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Engineer, a past president of the Complex Systems Society and a Board Member of the UNESCO UniTwin Digital Campus for Complex Systems. He is the author of a number of books with his latest being “Hypernetworks in the science of complex systems”