Monday, April 25, 2016

Teaching Complex Systems: Building Evacuation Edition

Today I gave my first lecture for my course on complex systems. After about the first hour (of the 2 hours), the fire alarm rang, and we had to evacuate the building.

So I did what any self-respecting person in complex systems would do: briefly as we walked outside and much more once outside and as we watched others leaving the building through the door, while we were outside being drizzled on, I gave a brief description of the work of people like Dirk Helbing on that exact problem.

(And then after we got back inside, I showed them the video of sheep moving through a bottleneck.)

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