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Press Release:
Anticipating Extreme Events – The Need for Faster Than Real-Time Models
to be released by Springer Verlag in November

Anticipation of extreme events is one of the research priorities of antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at the University of Texas at Dallas. Research on the study of anticipatory systems in relation to extreme events is still very young. The National Science Foundation has given this research priority status: “It is no overstatement to suggest that humanity’s future will be shaped by its capacity to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and, when possible, even prevent extreme events” (cf. Extreme Events: Developing a Research Agenda for the 21st Century, sponsored by the National Science Foundation). As a result, an important scientific contribution by Dr. Mihai Nadin, Ashbel Smith University Professor and the Founder of antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at UT Dallas, will appear in the volume Extreme Events in Nature and Society, published by Springer Verlag in the series “The Frontiers Collection” and scheduled for release in November.
Dr. Nadin set forth five original theses, among which two provide new research themes: 1. Extreme events should be qualified in relation to how they affect human life and work. 2. Since the living is not reducible to a machine, our best chance of understanding our own knowledge regarding extreme events, and thus provide for effective anticipation, are hybrid systems that integrate the human being in prediction. Nadin concludes his article by emphasizing: The project of extreme scientific ambition of creating life from the physical can succeed only to the extent that a physical substratum can be endowed with anticipatory characteristics.
It was only by coincidence that the announcement was made at the same time that hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Given the implications of anticipating extreme events, antÉ seeks to attract young researchers to this critical new field.

Press Release:
antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems to host a week-long exhibit and discussions

From October 19 to 27, the antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems will host a highly acclaimed exhibit for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Vico Collaboration is based on the work of the 18th century Neapolitan philosopher Giambattista Vico, “The New Science.” It is endowed with new life by the renowned photographer Dennis Letbetter and the master printer Jack Werner Stauffacher, whom the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) celebrated as a living legend. The exhibit, which was first held in San Francisco in 2003, will be presented at the Cecil B. and Ida Green Commons Gallery at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Jack Stauffacher’s work in book printing, typography and design combines an informed reverence for the Classics with insightful appreciation of innovation. His exquisite mastery of the printing craft is demonstrated in the many books and limited editions he has published under the imprint of the Greenwood Press, which he founded it in 1936. He has also taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the San Francisco Art Institute, and was Typographic Director at the Stanford University Press. His abstract wood-type prints are on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. At a sold-out AIGA event, he introduced designers to this fusion of traditional craft and experimental art.
Dennis Letbetter has collaborated with Jack Stauffacher on several projects. His photographs zoom in on the physical reality of print and type in a way that few other images have. He has had over 50 group shows and about 20 one-man shows around the world. Collections of his work are found in major museums around the world: the Getty Museum, the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Center for Photography, Musée Rodin, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, among many others.
Parallel to the exhibit, the antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems is holding a series of lectures on the theme Anticipatory Systems: Opportunities for Texas. Dr. Mihai Nadin, founder of the Institute, will make a general introduction of the “new science” of anticipation before each presentation.
Nadin explains: Causality, based on the cause-and-effect relation, explains the physical world. In the 17th century, Rene Descartes advanced this model, triggering the “Cartesian Revolution” in science. Anticipation can be considered as a “second Cartesian Revolution,” since it states that causality, as it applies to the living, involves not only the past (cause), but also the future. Hans von Foerster, the famous cybernetician put it succinctly: “The cause lies in the future.”
Dr. Mihai Nadin started his own research in anticipatory systems (anticipation, for short) around 1987. As scientists discover the anticipatory processes characteristic of the living—from one-celled organisms to groups of animals and plants—interest in applying anticipation has increased, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, medicine, and health. Upon his appointment as Ashbel Smith University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Mihai Nadin has involved the Institute in UTD’s endeavor to become a leading university in the USA. The Institute has an ambitious agenda. In the past year, it has elaborated the Seneludens project aimed at maintaining vital anticipatory functions through games for the aging. It has contributed to research in anticipation and extreme events, and to Anticipating the Future of Work, both projects carried out with colleagues in Europe.
In order to accomplish its goals, the Institute is seeking funds for attracting talented young scientists to a research field of unlimited promise. For more information, see the Institute’s Website: http://www.anteinstitute.org

New Activities:
Scholar Trying to Stimulate Interest in ‘New Science’ of Anticipation
Associated Link: http://www.utdallas.edu/news/archive/2005/anticipations-presentations.html

New Activities:
Mihai Nadin was invited to give two lectures in Guanajuato, Mexico:
The first was presented on April 14 at CIMAT (Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas). Entitled “A mathematical foundation for anticipation--what do we need? The lecture set forth that a mathematics of anticipation is a valid mathematical task. Recycling previous mathematics will only partially satisfy the needs related to the foundation of anticipation studies. If anticipation suggests a new Cartesian revolution, how is the corresponding mathematics supposed to be?

The second lecture, entitled Anticipation and Intuition: a new rational foundation for design, took place on April 15, at the special invitation of the School of Industrial Design at the University of Guanajuato, in Mexico.

New Interview:
Mihai Nadin On Anticipatory Systems:
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What is the difference between a falling stone and a falling cat?
Interview in UBIQUITY, an ACM IT Magazine.
UBIQUITY, Volume 5, Issue 42, (January 1 - January 8, 2005)

Associated Link: http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/interviews/v5i42_nadin.html

New Project:
Mind RACES: from Reactive to Anticipatory Cognitive Embodied Systems

Mind RACES is a three-year EC funded project (Sixth Framework Programme - Information Society and Technologies - Cognitive Systems) involving 8 Partners. It is mainly focused on the concept of Anticipation. It starts on October, 1, 2004.

Associated Link: http://www.mindraces.org

New Activities:
Institute established at The University of Texas at Dallas:
Renowned Scholar Mihai Nadin Joins Faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas

Computer Graphics Pioneer to Head New Institute;
Arrival Strengthens UTD’s Arts and Technology Programs

RICHARDSON, Texas (Nov. 10, 2004) – Dr. Mihai Nadin, a pioneer in the field of computer graphics and an internationally known scholar in computer applications for art and design and in human-computer interactions, has joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as Ashbel Smith Professor.

Nadin will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Humanities and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. His leadership is expected to strengthen the university’s degree programs in arts and technology and the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering, both joint projects of the two schools.

Nadin will also serve as director of a newly established Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems that focuses on “anticipatory computing,” or embedding the characteristic of anticipation in software for computers and other devices. The new institute, known as ANTE, was represented recently in Germany at ORGATEC, the largest world fair dedicated to the office as both workplace and environment for creative interaction.
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Associated Link: http://www.utd.edu/utdgeneral/news/archive/2004/nadin-joins.html