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Paul Thagard pioneered the philosophical use of computer models to help understand the
structure and growth of scientific knowledge. A prolific writer, he has contributed to research in
analogy and creativity, cognition in the history of science, and the role of emotion in thinking.
He has investigated the relevance of psychology and neuroscience for ethical questions about
morality and the meaning of life. His research has yielded 10 books and some 200 scholarly
articles, many highly cited. He is currently working on new theories of emotion, intention, and
Timothy Allen
is Professor Emeritus of Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. His research liaisons provide a scale-based theoretical framework for
groups at the Northern Lakes Long Term Ecological Research site and Oak Ridge National
Laboratory. Allen is a leader in the fields of hierarchy theory, systems theory, and complexity.
He served as President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and is a member of
the scientific advisory board of the Integral Science Institute.
Edmond Ramly
is a PhD candidate and Lecturer, Health Systems Engineering in the Department
of Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Samantha Paulsen
is a PhD candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University.
She previously served as a Whitaker Fellow at ETH in Zurich Switzerland.
Gregori Kanatzidis
is the Chief Technology Officer of QuantitativeIP and a student in the
mathematics department at University of Wisconsin Madison.
Nathan Miller
is the chief software engineer at EchoMetrix LLC, in Madison Wisconsin and an
assistant scientist in the Department of Botany at University of Wisconsin Madison where he
earned his PhD in biomechanical engineering.
Steven Wallis
earned his Ph.D. in 2006 at Fielding Graduate University, with a focus on
providing more rigorous integration of conceptual systems. He has a decade of experience as a
facilitator and organizational development consultant in Northern California and a broad range of
interdisciplinary interests. He was recently appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Roster. At
Capella University, Dr. Wallis mentors doctoral candidates through the dissertation process. As
Director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory he supports emerging
scholars who are working to identify rigorous paths for the validation of conceptual systems.