ITIS 6500: Complex Adaptive Systems

Spring 2011


Mirsad Hadzikadic


Contact Information:

Web page:

Email:                  mirsad at

Office:                 Woodward Hall 343A

Office phone:      704-687-8643

Office Hours:       Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm


Course Description:

Complex systems consist of a network of parts whose interactions give rise to interesting properties, including self-organization, non-linearity, and emergence.  Self-organization is a process where the organization of a system spontaneously increases.  New, emergent properties appear.  Ant colonies, networks of neurons, the immune system, the Internet, and the global economy are a few examples where the behavior of the whole is much more complex than the behavior of the parts (non-linearity).  This course will cover these and similar topics in an instructor lead, self-exploratory manner.  The schedule of topics is provided here.



Gary William Flake, "The computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation," a Bradford Book, The MIT Press, Cambridge; MA, London, England


Course Requirements and Grading Policy:

Project:                         40%

Midterm Exam:             20%

Final Exam:                  40% 


Academic Integrity:

All students are expected to adhere to the UNC Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity as specified in the current Catalog.  Among other things, this code forbids cheating, fabrication or falsification of information, multiple submission of academic work, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty.


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