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Social Science Modeling of Political Violence

By Dr. Ed MacKerrow
Los Alamos National Laboratory
February 26, 2009

Dr. Ed MacKerrow -- Director of the Center for the Scientific Analysis of Emerging Threats -- at Los Alamos National Laboratory while visiting gave a special Dynamical Discussion.

Edward MacKerrow is the Director of the Center for the Scientific Analysis of Emerging Threats at Los Alamos National Laboratory that serves the intelligence community in pulling together cross-disciplinary teams on social-cultural analyses. Edward also leads the Socio-Political Dynamics Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, composed of multi-disciplinary social and computational scientists focusing on methods of complex adaptive systems applied to intelligence analysis. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics.

After 15 years of research in physics and modeling he took a sabbatical from Los Alamos to model socio-behavioral dynamics in corporations -- and apply computational social science methods to CEO level strategic risk assessments. Ed MacKerrow is a member of the supply-chain analysis group at the Santa Fe Institute, a scientific advisor for social modeling for the USG/IC, DoD, and NSF, a member of the UC Berkeley Living with Risk research group, and part-time faculty for the University of New Mexico.

In 2001 he returned to Los Alamos where continues to apply social simulations to better understand the emergence of Islamist terrorist groups and political violence. Ed MacKerrow also develops socio-cultural models of organizational dynamics and operational risk inside government research agencies, and sits on advisory panels for intelligence analysis and education reform. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Time and location:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
3:00 - 4:30pm
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
ISTB-1, Room 401