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School of Information Technologies

Devoted to the advancement of computer and data sciences

Our research and teaching activities draw focus on algorithms, computer science, information systems, human-centred technology, biomedical technology, distributed and high-performance computing, and Artificial Intelligence.

A strong tradition of research-led teaching matched by a commitment to excellence in innovation, the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is a national leader in computer science.

The majority of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), teaching fundamental principles and practical skills in IT, and establishing the foundations for an entire career.

The School of IT has a purpose-built building with advanced facilities, maintaining its position as a key teaching and research institution.

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Basser seminar series

This initiative is an opportunity for IT academics and representatives from industry to present and discuss their current work. The seminars offer a glimpse at the cutting-edge of IT research.

For further information, or if you would like to subscribe to our announcements, please contact Associate Professor Fabio Ramos.

For the latest seminar information, please see below.

The seminars are held on Wednesdays, beginning with refreshments at 3:30pm. The seminars will begin at 4:00pm, unless specified otherwise.

Lecture Theatre Room 123, Level 1, School of IT Building, The University of Sydney. 

One hour, including a 15-minute period for questions and discussion.

Modelling complex systems as distributed information-processing systems

Professor Mikhail ProkopenkoCentre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney

Wednesday 1 November, 2017, 4-5pm


Complex systems - which include as power and data grids, communication and transport systems, social networks and ecosystems - evolve and 'self-organise' over time. This can result in both benefits and challenges. Self-organisation is pervasive: individual organisms within a swarm achieve collective coherence out of isolated actions; ecosystems develop spatial structures in order to deal with diminishing resources; and large-scale natural and social processes including bushfires, landslides and disease epidemics feature spontaneous, scale-invariant behaviour. Sometimes self-organisation strengthens the overall system, increasing its resilience in the face of external disturbances, adaptability to new tasks and scalability with respect to new constraints, but in some regimes it can also manifest itself as a crisis. Examples of such crises include cascading power failures, loss of data in sensor and communication networks, traffic disruptions, epidemic outbreaks and ecosystem collapses. Complex systems can also be viewed as distributed information-processing systems. Consciousness emerging from neuronal activity and interactions, cell behaviour resultant from gene regulatory networks and swarming behaviour are all examples of global system behaviour emerging as a result of the local interactions of the individuals (neurons, genes, animals). Can these interactions be seen as a generic computational process? This question shapes the main theme of the talk, linking computation to complexity and criticality.

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Associate Professor Kalina Yacef from the School of Information Technologies has been selected to participate in the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Sponsorship Program.

This program aims to accelerate the careers of high-potential, culturally- and linguistically-diverse women in regard to the dominant culture at the University, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from both Professional and Academic career paths. Associate Professor Yacef, along with 12 other career-focused female leaders, will be provided with development to expand their leadership skills, experience, networks and visibility through access to a senior career sponsor, and a program of targeted career development workshops and events over the next ten months.

Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Yacef in this excellent achievement.

Head of School

Professor Athman Bouguettaya
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School of Information Technologies

Reception opening hours: The School of IT reception is open Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm and 2-4pm (excluding public holidays).
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