I am a Postdoc in the Energy and Industry Section at the Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management at TU Delft. Much of my work revolves around the use of tools to enable better understanding of complex systems. One of these tools is agent based modeling, where we try to study emergent behavior in systems that occurs as a result of actors in the system interacting with each other. With these types of tools, people study how flocks of birds emerge, and how economic systems self-organize. Currently I am investigating the use of other tools, such as the Semantic Web, to facilitate both the modeling process and the collection of knowledge from different sources. This involves exploring the implications of the Linking Open Data project, where people are trying to create a web of data than can be useful for trying to understand complex systems from multiple perspectives.
One of my side projects was a visualization of the WikiGrowthOverTime of the wiki that you are reading now. As seen in the movie on the right, the wiki started several years ago and has since grown to nearly 10,000 pages, and is in use by several organizations around the university.
My Master's thesis in Industrial Ecology examined the combination of Agent Based Modeling and Life Cycle Assessment as a means to evaluate the environmental impacts of an evolving socio-technical system.
My personal notes can be found here (login required), and I can be reached at c.b.davis@tudelftNO_SPAM.nl. Also see my blog, LinkedIn and Twitter
Building Collaborative Knowledge Platforms for Industrial Ecology, Chris Davis, Alfredas Chmieliauskas, Igor Nikolic, Gerard Dijkema. Presented at the Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire, July 11-16, 2010
Eco-Industrial Wiki-Platform Poster, Sabrina Wouters and Nora Feldmar, Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Eco-Efficiency, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, 9-11 June 2010
This poster describes the Semantic Wiki platform at http://ie.tudelft.nl that I helped set up for a group of Industrial Ecology M.Sc. students, who have used it to document Eco-Industrial parks around the world.
Facilitating Industrial Ecology Systems Understanding through Fostering Collective Intelligence, Chris Davis, Igor Nikolic, Gerard P.J. Dijkema. Presented at 5th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE2009), Lisbon Portugal, 21-24 June 2009.