Simulating Innovation Workshop
Date: 24th June 2011 10AM - 5PM
Venue: Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester
A workshop on the use of simulation models in innovation studies
How can computer simulations provide insight into the processes of innovation generation, diffusion and impact? What are the prospects for simulation models influencing R&D policy in science and industry? As part of the ESRC-funded SIMIAN project, the Universities of Surrey and Leicester are organising a one-day workshop in Leicester. This event will bring together academics with experience in agent-based models of technological evolution, knowledge dynamics and innovation networks, including modelling projects that have addressed real policy issues. It will be of interest to those working in innovation studies, evolutionary economics, R&D policy, and science and technology studies, as well as those interested in relating these areas to their own. It will also provide examples of the design and application of agent-based simulation models.
Petra Ahrweiler is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at UCD, Director of UCD´s Innovation Research Unit IRU, and a permanent Research Affiliate of the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, USA. She studied law, sociology, journalism and political science at the University of Hamburg finishing with her Ph.D. in the area of science and technology studies at the Free University Berlin where she was supported by the German National Merit Foundation. Since her habilitation thesis at the University of Bielefeld on social simulation of innovation processes she worked as a Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and as a Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Hamburg where she built up a new research programme on innovation research. Petra Ahrweiler has long experience as principal investigator and co-ordinator of international projects on innovation networks, e.g. the EU projects on Simulating Self-Organizing Innovation Networks (SEIN), on Network Models, Governance, and R&D Collaboration Networks (NEMO), and on The Management of Emerging Technologies for economic Impact (ManETEI). She holds various research awards and is member of numerous advisory boards in both governmental and academic organisations.
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