University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop 2013

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Group photo of some of the speakers at UPESW 5 (29 Jun 2013): Constantin Bratianu (Thims' left), Libb Thims (Hu shirt), Daniel Pele (Thims’ back right), Mircea Gligor (Thims’ back left), and seated in front left to right: Ion Siman and Gheorghe Savoiu, all noted members of the Romanian school of physical socioeconomics.
In conferences, University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop 2013, abbreviated UPESW 5, is the 5th annual workshop on econophysics and sociophysics, held at the University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, on June 29th, a workshop that has occurred annually since 2008. [1]

Organizers
Gheorghe Savoiu, Romanian econophysicist
Ion Siman, Romania sociophysicist
Libb Thims, American electrochemical engineer

Background
The structure of the 2013 UPES workshop resulted from 25 Mar 2013 to present discussions between American electrical chemical engineer Libb Thims and Romanian socioeconomist Gheorghe Savoiu about Savoiu and Romanian sociophysicist Ion Siman's 2012 co-chapter subsection §10.5: “Why Sociophysics is Necessary in a Modern University”, something that Thims has been actively work to establish in America, although facing uphill resistance, via a the inceptions of a formal unified two cultures university department (see: two cultures department) similar, albeit more encompassing, to the short-lived 1950s Princeton Department of Social Physics run by Americans physicist John Q. Stewart and thermodynamicist Percy Bridgman and sociologists Stuart Dodd (1900-1975) and John Trimmer (1908-1983).

Opening speech
UPESW 5 was opened with a short introductory speech (in Romanian) by University of Pitesti vice-rector Sabastian Parlac on the pleasure to be hosting the fifth annual econophysics and sociophysics workshop at the University of Pitesti:

Ionel Didea UPESW 2013
Ion Siman UPESW 2013 photo 2Gheorghe Savoiu UPESW 2013 photo 2
Romanians economist Gheorghe Savoiu and physicist Ion Siman
on their joint talk “Econo-sciences vs. Econo-disciplines” about the ranking of the new econo-physical science disciplines in general economics.

Savoiu and Siman | Econo-sciences vs. Econo-disciplines
The opening introductory talk of UPESW 5 was the presentation “Econo-sciences vs. Econo-disciplines” jointly-given by Romanians economist Gheorghe Savoiu and physicist Ion Siman:

● Savoiu, Gheorge and Siman, Ion. (2013). “Econo-sciences vs. Econo-disciplines” (Article pdf, 11-pgs) (PowerPoint ppt-pdf, 56-slides), talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

Abstract: All modern econoscience taxonomies must present the new econo- disciplines.

Savoiu and Siman are notable for having, through their mutual discussions and dialogs, beginning in the period 2006 to 2007, produced the University of Pitesti econophysics workshops:

EDEN origin

Libb Thims UPESW 2013 photo 2
Photo and video of American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims the key speaker at UPESW 5 who presented on “Econoengineering and Economic Behavior: Particle, Atom, Molecule, or Agent Models?”; photo shown being Thims (at 2:20-min) holding his social piston and cylinder model explaining how the city boundary of Pitesti, Romania, is an example of a socioeconomic boundary in a thermodynamic modelling sense.

Thims | Econoengineering and Economic Behavior
The key speaker of the 2013 UPES workshop was American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, who presented on “Econoengineering and Economic Behavior: Particle, Atom, Molecule, or Agent Models?”:

● Thims, Libb. (2013). “Econoengineering and Economic Behavior: Particle, Atom, Molecule, or Agent Models?” (video, 1:33-min) (article, 40-pgs) (PowerPoint, 36-slides), Key speaker talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

Abstract: An introduction to the newly being talked about field of econoengineering is given with focus on the nature of economic behavior and the question of the correctness and utility of particle, electron, atom, and or molecule versus agent models of humans.

Much of Thims' talk was centered on French-Italian engineer and socioeconomic physicist Vilfredo Pareto and Lausanne school of physical economics and the uses and abuses of physics in the growing fields of econophysics and sociophysics.
Constantin Bratianu (29 Jun 2013)
Photo and video of Romanian engineer Constantin Bratianu the second speaker at UPESW 5 who presented on "Energy Metaphors for Knowledge Dynamics: Western and Eastern Perspectives on Knowledge".

Bratianu | Knowledge and Thermodynamics
The second speaker at UPESW 5 was Romanian engineer Constantin Bratianu who presented on "Energy Metaphors for Knowledge Dynamics".

● Bratianu, Constantin. (2013). "Energy Metaphors for Knowledge Dynamics: Western and Eastern Perspectives on Knowledge" (video, 46:50-min) (PowerPoint, 21-slides), talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

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Bratianu is noted for research papers such as his "Changing Paradigm for Knowledge Metaphors from Dynamics to Thermodynamics" (2011) and "The Entropic Intellectual Capital Model" (2013) among others. [3]




Radu Chisleag 29 Jun 2013 UPESW 5 photo 1
Photo and video of Romanian physicist Radu Chisleag the third speaker at UPESW 5 who presented on "Newtonian Mechanics and Romanian Constitution Reform".

Chisleag | Newtonian Mechanics and the Romanian Constitution
The third speaker at UPESW 5 was Romanian physicist Radu Chisleag who presented on “The Mastering of Even Simple Physics Models: a Social Strategic Advantage for Legal Professionals” a general synopsis on how Newtonian mechanics can and should be employed to facilitate the development of the newly reformed Romanian Constitution:

● Chisleag, Radu. (2013). "Newtonian Mechanics and Romanian Constitution Reform" (video, 49:19-min) (PowerPoint, 78-slides), talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

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Radu is noted his 2003 to present human quantum mechanics theory, co-developed later with his daughter Romanian mathematician and lawyer Roxana Chisleag (2011), wherein they applied quantum mechanics, specifically the tunneling effect, to analysis of crossing of social barriers and financial relationship jumps, modeling a human as a quantum particle, and for his 2012 human thermodynamics variables table or physics-to-economics "correspondence" table as he calls it: [2]

Physics-to-economics correspondence table (Chisleag 2012)

Chisleag also is noted for his application of the Schrodinger equation of Erwin Schrodinger and the de Broglie waves of French physicist Louis de Broglie to the situation where "some individuals, even having been granted the right to act, are rejected at the step".

Mircea Gligor UPESW 2013 photo 1f
Photo and video of Romanian physicist and socioeconomic thermodynamicist Mircea Gligor the fourth speaker at UPESW 5 who presented on "Statistical Properties of Small World Networks".

Gligor | Small Worlds Networks and Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon
The fourth speaker at UPESW 5 was Romanian physicist and socioeconomic thermodynamicist Mircea Gligor who presented on "Statistical Properties of Small World Networks":

● Gligor, Mircea. (2013). "Statistical Properties of Small World Networks" (video, 23:44-min) (PowerPoint, 27-slides), talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

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Gligor is noted for his 2003 PhD dissertation “Thermodynamics and Statistical Models for Dissipative Socio-Economic Systems” and for his his 2012 chapter “Statistical Physics Models for Group Decision Making”, stated that he considered the following: Hermann Haken (Advanced Synergetics, 1983), Elliott Montroll (“On the Dynamics and Evolution of Some Sociotechnical Systems”, 1987), and Serge Galam (“Majority Rules, Hierarchical Structure and Democratic Totalitarianism: a Statistical Approach”, 1986) to be three “remarkable works” of pre-21th century sociophysics. [5]


Daniel Pele UPESW 2013 photo 1
Photo and video of Romanian economist Romanian economist Daniel Pele (Ѻ) the fifth speaker at UPESW 5 who presented on "Fractals and Heavy Tails in the Romanian Stock Market".

Pele | Fractals and Heavy Tails in the Romanian Stock Market
The fifth speaker at UPESW 5 was Romanian economist Daniel Pele (Ѻ) who presented on "Fractals and Heavy Tails in the Romanian Stock Market", co-written with Romanian e-business theorist Miruna Mazurencu-Marinescu:

● Pele, Daniel, Mazurencu-Marinescu, Miruna . (2013). "Fractals and Heavy Tails in the Romanian Stock Market" (video, 20:15-min) (PowerPoint, 14-slides), talk delivered at the University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop (UPESW) / Exploratory Domains of Econophysics News (EDEN V). University of Pitesti, Pitesti, Romania, Jun 29.

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Pele is noted for his 2007 PhD on “Statistical Methods in Analysis of Capital Market”, based on statistical mathematics, and has written articles such as “Mechanism Movement in BSE Prices” (2007).

Schedule
The following is the workshop schedule (as of 25 Apr 2013):

UPESW schedual final form (22 Jan 2013)

Key speaker invitation & photos
The following is the invitation to UPESW 2013:

The EDEN V – UPitESW international workshop, hosted by the University of Pitesti (UPIT) on 29th of June 2013 will present the current work and the new ideas in the Exploratory Domains of Econophysics, Sociophysics and other trans and multidisciplinary sciences, by researchers from around the world. Trans and multidisciplinary Econo-Sciences, from Distinctive Econo-Metrics to Econo-Physics, and from Econo-Operations Research to Econo-Engineering have played a significant role in economic and social modelling but still remains understudied in modern universities, despite their major capacity in understanding and describing social and economic processes. As key speaker you are invited to submit and present original, unpublished manuscripts that address any phase or aspect of the modern multidisciplinary Econo-sciences, from Econophysics to Econo-engineering modelling process, such as new domains and methods for studying modern finance, recession and growth, management under risk and uncertainty, and the influences of, and effects on, social economic development, and may focus solely on one domain, model or method, on comparisons between phenomena, or cross-border processes in multidisciplinary thinking. Any possible areas of study could include Econophysics, Sociophysics, Econo-Engineering, but papers are not limited to these special sciences (thermodynamic models, organizational models, social networks, and complexity science are naturally accepted).

The following is Thims, during his key speaker talk, discussing the thermodynamic conception of the "boundary" of the social piston and cylinder model of a human social working substance (society):

Libb Thims UPESW photo 4 (boundary)

Pre UPESW 2013 photos
The following is a photo on 28 Jun 2013, the day before UPESW 5, showing Ion Siman, Gheorghe Savoiu, Libb Thims, and Constantin Bratianu, discussing physical science applied to the humanities theory at the popular Zahana restaurant on the lake, Pitesti, Romania:

Romanian econophysics school (with Thims) 28 May 2013
American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims with the two heads of the Romanian school of physical socioeconomics, from left to right: Ion Siman and Gheorghe Savoiu, holding Thims 2008 The Human Molecule, Thims, holding Savoiu and Siman's 2012 Econophysics, and Constantin Bratianu, a newcomer to the group, noted for his work in knowledge thermodynamics (28 Jun 2013).

UPESW 2013 photos
The following are photos during the 5th annual University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop 2013:




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An workshop attendee, Radu Chisleag, and Ion Siman:.
Mircea Gligor and Gheorghe Savoiu.



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Coffee break in hallway.Audience members, students, and workshop attendees.
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Audience members, students, and workshop attendees. Ion Siman speaking; University of Pitesti rector Ionel Didea seated in front; Radu Chisleag seated behind backpack.
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Audience members, students, and workshop attendees. Gheorghe Savoiu, Libb Thims, and linguist Manea Coustantui, who acted as translator for Thims for parts of the workshop in Romanian; Constantin Bratianu seen seated behind.
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Libb Thims and Manea Coustantui, front row; Mircea Gligor and Constantin Bratianu second row; listing to an interesting part of Gheorghe Savoiu’s talk. Audience members, students, and workshop attendees.

UPESW 2013 | Group discussion

The following are after workshop celebration and group discussion photos on 29 Jun 2013 following the socioeconomic physics workshop, at the Zahana restaurant on the lake, Pitesti, Romania:


Romanian econophysics school (with Thims)
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Clockwise: Daniel Pele, Mircea Gligor, Constantin Bratianu, Gheorghe Savoiu, Radu Chisleag, Libb Thims, and linguist Manea Coustantui, at dinner celebration after the UPESW 5 (29 Jun 2013). More toasting (clockwise): Radu Chisleag, Libb Thims, and linguist Manea Coustantui, Ion Siman, economist Daniel Pele, and e-business theorist Miruna Mazurencu-Marinescu.
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Clockwise: Daniel Pele, Radu Chisleag, Libb Thims, Manea Coustantui, and Ion Siman. Clockwise: Daniel Pele, Miruna Mazurencu-Marinescu, Mircea Gligor, Constantin Bratianu, Gheorghe Savoiu, Radu Chisleag, Libb Thims
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Miruna Mazurencu-Marinescu and Mircea Gligor.

Post UPESW 2013

The following are 30 Jun 2013 photos and video of Libb Thims, Gheorghe Savoiu, and Ion Siman who traveled around Romania for the day, going to famous historical sites, such as Dracula's castle (the castle of Vald Tepes, aka "Vlad the Impaler", in Arges county, Transylvania), two old churches, a gypsy village, concluding with a nice dinner cooked by Savoiu at his summer house, discussing physical socioeconomics, the history of the formation of the EDEN/UPES workshops, the Romanian School of Physical Socioeconomics, and future Journal of Human Thermodynamics contributions, throughout:

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Gheorghe Savoiu and Ion Siman cutting wood for outdoor grilling and discussion with Libb Thims.
Romania 30 Jun 2013 P11Biofizica (2000)Dictionar Poliglot (1981)
Ion Siman showing Libb Thims some of the physics books he has written, such as his co-authored 2000 Biophysics (Biofizica) and 1981Multilingual Dictionary of Units of Measure Physical Quantities (Dictionar Poliglot de Marimi Fizice se Unitati de Masura).

EDEN 2008
The first University of Pitesti Exploratory Domains of Econophysics Workshop took place in 2008, a photo of which is shown below, showing front to back: Ion Siman, Mircea Gligor, among others. [2]

EDEN 2008
Ion Simon and Mircea Gligor at EDEN 2008.


EDEN 2006-2012
A 2013 draft overview of the history of the EDEN-turned-UPESW conferences has been outlined by Gheorghe Savoiu. [4]

References
1. Savoiu, Gheorghe. (2012). Econophysics: Background and Applications in Economics, Finance, and Sociophysics (EDEN workshop, pg. 14; §10: Sociophysics: A New Science or a New Domain for Physicists in a Modern University, pgs. 149-65; §10.5: Why Sociophysics is Necessary in a Modern University, pgs. 160-64). American Institute of Physics.
2. Zanocea, Cosette. (2012). “Professor at the ‘Roman-Voda’ Researcher in Belgium, PhD physical economics” (RomanianEnglish) , Ziarul de Roman, Aug 27.
3. (a) Bratianu, Constantin. (2011). “Changing Paradigm for Knowledge Metaphors from Dynamics to Thermodynamics”, Systems Research and Behavior Science, 28:160-69.
(b) Bratianu, Constantin and Orzea, Ivona. (2013). “The Entropic Intellectual Capital Model”, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 11:133-41.
4. Savoiu, Gheorghe. (2013). “Two Cultures Formation Dynamics of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics, 2006-2013”, JHT slated | Preprint (pdf), Jul 13.
5. (a) Gligor, Mircea. (2012). “Statistical Physics Models for Group Decision Making”, in: Econophysics: Background and Applications in Economics, Finance, and Sociophysics (editor: Gheorghe Savoiu) (§9, pgs. 131-48, statement, pg. 132). Academic Press.
(b) Haken, Herman. (1983). Advanced Synergetics (Amz). Springer.
(c) Galam, Serge. (1986). “Majority Rules, Hierarchical Structure and Democratic Totalitarianism: a Statistical Approach” (abs), Journal of Mathematical Psychology 30:426-34.
(d) Montroll, Elliott W. (1987). “On the Dynamics and Evolution of Some Sociotechnical Systems” (abs) (pdf), Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, 16:1-46.

External links
EDEN workshop (overview) – University of Pitesti, Romania.


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