WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 8, 1999
HENRY B. TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS NOTES
ADAPTIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS SEMINAR A seminar Friday,
Oct. 15 at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business will
take a cross-disciplinary look at how computer models based on the natural
selection theory in biology can be used to solve complex problems in business
The seminar at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Room W401 of the
John Pappajohn Business Building will focus on evolutionary algorithms, a
computer search method inspired by the principle of survival of the fittest,
which looks for the best examples in a population of data while discarding
poor examples. These methods can be used to solve real business problems,
adapting to change in the business climate or manufacturing demands.
Speakers include Bill Fulkerson, a technical consultant
at Deere & Company's Computer Information Systems/Technology Integration
department, and Lawrence "David" Davis, president of Tica Associates, a consulting
company specializing in applications of evolutionary algorithms.
The seminar is part of a semester-long series "Complex
Adaptive Systems and Their Business Applications" coordinated by Filippo Menczer,
UI assistant professor of management sciences and sponsored by the Santa Fe
Institute's 1999 Fellows-At-Large program and by the NCS Corporate Lecture
A complete seminar schedule is at http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/class/6K299_menczer/.
For more information, contact Menczer at (319) 335-0884.
SUPER NEGOTIATING SEMINAR --The Small Business Development
Center at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business is sponsoring
a "Super Negotiating" seminar Saturday, Oct. 23, where strategies to successful
negotiation will be explored.
Lead by Robert F. Knotek, the principal of the international
consulting firm Kaes Analytics, Inc., the morning sessions of the seminar
will focus on core negotiation issues and key preparation strategies. In the
afternoon Knotek will elaborate on the most successful execution strategies,
identify three constraints to every negotiation, and discuss follow-up techniques
used by the experts.
The "Super Negotiating" seminar runs from 9 a.m. until
4 p.m. in Room S401 of the John Pappajohn Business Building. Professionals
in all fields interested in improving their negotiating skills are encouraged
to attend. Space is limited, and the early registration deadline is Oct. 13.
The fee is $99. For those who register after Oct. 13, the fee is $125 per
person. Refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee.
For more information, please contact Paula McMartin
at (319) 335-3742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDICAL PATENT SEMINAR --The UI Small Business Development
Center and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are sponsoring a seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the UI Hospitals and Clinics to discuss medical patents.
Topics to be discussed include the misconceptions
about patenting medical inventions, the liability involved, and ways to best
market medical innovations. A question and answer session will follow addressing
patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Gregory G. Williams, a registered patent attorney,
will lead the seminar; Bruce Wheaton, director of the UI Research Foundation,
will also speak.
"Patents and Medical Professions" will be from 12
p.m. until 1 p.m. at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in the East Room on the
seventh floor. For registration information, call (319) 335-3742.