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The Hands-On Research in Complex Systems Schools are designed to introduce
graduate students and young faculty from developing countries to table-top
scientific research on problems at the frontiers of science. Experiments on
physical, chemical, and biological systems are conducted with modern yet
inexpensive digital instrumentation, and the laboratory work is complemented
by mathematical modeling and data analysis using Matlab.
Each day for two weeks, small groups of 4-5 participants and two instructors work closely together. The close interactions lead to subsequent exchange visits and scientific collaborations. The participants are able to introduce new tools and demonstrations into the classroom and teaching laboratories, and to use these new tools in their own research. Thus the Hands-On Schools foster the development of scientific leaders in less developed countries.
I have been active in this unique program since the inaugural school in 2008. I have taught in Ahmedabad, India (2008), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009), Shanghai, China (2012), and at the ICTP campus in Trieste, Italy (2013, 2015). In 2015 I served as co-director with Mike Schatz and Mark Shattuck.
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