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Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies

PrepTalks GraphicDr. “Chick” Macal’s PrepTalk “Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies,” urges emergency managers to apply the principles of systems thinking to their work in preparedness and response. “We find that what is written down in the plans for organizational decision-making is completely different than what actually occurs in the … event of a disaster or emergency,” Dr. Macal said.

Systems thinking helps to expose hidden interdependencies of human behavior, critical infrastructure, and decision-making in today’s complex world. Dr. Macal is the Chief Scientist of Argonne National Laboratory’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative.

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Photo of Dr. Charles Macal from the September 2018 PrepTalks ProgramDr. "Chick" Macal is the Chief Scientist of Argonne National Laboratory’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative, where he leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers developing new computational models and simulations for infrastructure interdependency analysis, planning, and resilience.

Dr. Macal is recognized globally as a leader in the field of agent-based modeling and simulation, focusing on the social and behavioral components of socio-technical systems. He holds Senior Fellow appointments at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering, and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Chicago.

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05/15/2019 - 09:58