Analysis of Innovation and Competition Processes

Politecnico di Milano
September 28 - 30, 2011


Last update: Jul 22, 2011

Analysis of Innovation and Competition Processes

Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano
September 28 - 30, 2011

Scientific course organised by

DEI - Department of Electronics and Information
Politecnico di Milano

SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity


This course is part of the teaching activities organized by the PhD Program in Information Technology at DEI. 

It is not only addressed to PhD students, but to all researchers working in any areas of science and engineering and interested in the modeling approaches to innovation and competition processes and their applications.

Course description: In quite diversified fields of science such as information technology, economics, business and organization, sociology, and biology, mechanisms of innovation and competition can be clearly identified. The interaction among innovation and competition results in the slow evolution of the characteristic traits of the entire process. The formal models which allow to describe these evolutionary scenarios are in general dynamic and nonlinear. The aim of the course is to present the modelling approaches proposed in the literature to describe innovation and competition processes, with particular emphasis on the so-called replicator and adaptive dinamics.

Fabio Dercole, Department of Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano [webpage]

co-author of:
Analysis of Evolutionary Processes: The Adaptive Dynamics Approach and its Applications, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2008.



The language of the course (lectures and materials) is English.

Wednesday, September 28
9:30 - 12:30 
Introduction to innovation and competition processes
14:30 - 17:30 
Introduction to game theory and replicator dynamics

Thursday, September 29
9:30 - 12:30 
The theory of resident-invader competition
14:30 - 17:30 
The canonical equation of adaptive dynamics

Friday, September 30
9:30 - 12:30 
Evolutionary extinction and branching
14:30 - 17:30 
Applications to biology and economics



The participation is restricted to:

  • people working at the Politecnico di Milano: PhD students, research associates ("assegnisti"), and professors of any Department;
  • members of SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity [how to become a member].
There is no admission fee, but application is mandatory for all participants:
  • PhD students of DEI doctoral program must follow the usual online procedure for applicating to PhD courses;
  • anyone else (including PhD students from other departments, and academics from inside and outside the Politecnico di Milano) must fill in and mail a registration form [click here for the form].
A certificate of attendance will be given to all participants at the end of the course.



The course will be held at the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI), Politecnico di Milano, via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano, in the "Sala Seminari" (ground floor).

The Department building is located in the Bassini campus of the Politecnico di Milano. It is within walking distance of the stations Piola and Lambrate FS of the Metro (underground) line 2 ("green line"), of the tram lines 23 and 33, of the bus line 93, and of the train station Lambrate FS. For further information on how to reach, you can read these instructions.

The organisers of the course cannot take care of travel and accommodation of the participants. Many hotels are available near the campus [click here for a list] The Residences and accommodation services of the Politecnico di Milano can also offer a limited number of student accomodations (



For enquiries about the content of the course, please contact the organizer Fabio Dercole (

PhD students of DEI doctoral program, please contact the PhD-DEI secretariat ( for any enquiry about the application procedure or any other administrative information. 

Current and prospective SICC members, please contact the SICC secretariat ( for any information.