Friday, January 18, 2013

Learning Interdisciplinary Research Techniques

Greetings from the famous room N101 at the College of Engineering & Computer Science at the Australian National University, where summer students are reporting on their projects. One theme emerging is the difficulty of interdisciplinary research. There are environmental economists and biochemists being supervised by computer scientists and engineers. The students need to learn how to bridge the disciplines. Another issue is simply the mechanics of running a large number of short presentations. This is particularly a problem for computer scientists who need specialized software for their demonstrations. Some of this will be discussed at the "2013 Integration and Implementation Conference: Taking Stock" at ANU, September 8, 2013,  investigating complex multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, crossdisciplinary, systems-based or mode 2 real world problems.

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