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Release: Oct. 8, 1999


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 and manufacturing.

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 Series.

A complete seminar schedule is at 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

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.