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FPGA Lab 5

Lab 5 instructed us to design a stopwatch using the supplied FPGAs. The circuit needed to be able to increment every tenth of a second and track the number of minutes and hours that had passed. While I was instructed to make a three-state machine that is driven by one button that causes the timer to stop/stop/reset in that order. However, I implemented a two-state system and attached the reset functionality to a second button in order to reflect the design of stopwatches that I had encountered. This lab was very useful in demonstrating the steps that are involved when creating a complete circuit. This included designing state machines as well as importing modules previously defined as external libraries which are extremely common when designing circuits.

FPGA Lab 3

Part 1 of this lab involved the implementation of a simple counter using a Quartus Megafunction. After hooking up the counter to the FPGA’s onboard clock, I tested that the counter worked as intended. Then, using Quartus’s simulation features, I was able to look at the individual logic states of the parts of my logic both by tying the line to an output line on the board as well as using registers which were able to provide byte level inspection at any location on the board. Using an iPhone, I was able to record the clock as it incremented. In the 10 seconds I recorded the counter, it incremented 1.99 × 10^{9} times which gives the clock a period of

$\frac{10}{1.9\times10^9} = 50.25 MHz$

Which is pretty close to the 50 MHz that is expected by the FPGA.

After timing the clock, I simulated its performance using the Quartus simulator and verified that the counter incrememented to the right value at the right time.

The 2^{nd} part of the lab involved the creation of a binary-coded decimal counter which was made out of 5 up counters with a modulus of 10 as described in Section 2.2. In order to drive the system every hundredth of a second, I connected the FPGA’s CLOCK_50 to a modulus 500000 counter whose cout went high at the desired frequency.

Part 3 of the lab involved the creation of a 4 bit counter from elementary gates and a D flop. I did use a Quartus megafunction in order to create a modulus counter that would drive the system every second. In constructing this diagram, I needed to create a 1 bit adder without a carry-in (done with an xor and and) 1 bit multiplexer (created with an inverter) which acts as the carry-in for the counter as a whole.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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FPGA Lab 4

Lab 4 emphasized common situations that one would encounter when building complex digital circuits. The first part looked at positive edge triggers which are a very useful way of getting a short pulse to start the logic for a particular circuit without having to worry about the length of time with which the original signal is high. The second part applied this positive edge trigger in the context of a debouncing element which is an extremely useful cirtcuit when using a switch or some other imperfect interface to start your circuit. And finally, the third section illustrated the ability of quartus to design submodules that can be replicated without the need to think about the underlying logic. This capability is extremely powerful and increases the overall readability and reusability of the designs.

FPGA Lab 1 and 2

These labs covered the basics of implementing digital circuitry using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). We reviewed how one builds the program in Quartus and compiles it onto the FPGA. We also reviewed how one can constructs complex circuits very easily in Quartus and show the result using a 7-segment display. This lab was very helpful in providing the necessary building blocks for future projects involving FPGAs as it showed how one can encode the necessary logic to execute a desired task.

Shaking it up

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Planes toy models

The standard picture of the evolution of substructure in the Universe involves the collapse of dark matter into halos, which may host luminous galaxy. Such halos may exist within the bounds of larger halos; in these cases the galaxies they may host are typically called satellite galaxies, and their evolution differs substantially from galaxies that are not satellites in ways not fully understood. Analysis of the spatial and kinematic distributions of such galaxies can inform our ideas of how satellites and the systems in which they are found evolve. Substantial evidence exists that satellite galaxies are not isotropically distributed around their hosts. \cite{West2000,Bailin_2008}. This is also seen in simulations; subhaloes of hosts typically are typically distributed anisotropiclly in both position and velocity space \cite{VDB99,Knebe,Zentner_2005,Faltenbacher_2010}.

Local group satellites are highly anisotropically distributed both around the Milky Way and M31. The disk-like arrangement of MW satellites was first pointed out by \citet{Lynden-Bell74}. Later studies argued further for the existence of a disk-like structure of Milky Way satellites \cite{Metz07,Metz09}, and argued that the MW satellite disk was rotationally supported \cite{Metz08}. \citet{Kroupa_2005} further argues that the distribution of satellite galaxies around the MW is not predicted by LCDM. Around M31, dramatic evidence has been found for a disk of satellites, many of which exhibit coherent rotation along the line of sight \cite{Ibata_2013}. The M31 structure seems particularly difficult to square with our picture of galaxy evolution; \cite{Ibata_2014} argues that \cite{Ibata_2014} that alignments similar to the one found around M31 are essentially non-existant in numerical simulations.

Much recent work has gone into investigating the possibility of similar satellite distributions around galaxies outside of the local group. Recently, work by \citet{Ibata_2014} (hereafter I14) pointed to the possibility of corotation seen in diametrically opposed satellite pairs in Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), finding 20 out of 22 oppositely aligned satellite pairs corotating along the line of sight. This result was contested by \citet{Cautun14}, arguing that the results of \citet{Ibata_2014} are strongly dependant on selection criteria and are not robust. The original authors then claimed that less-massive satellites than originally considered exhibit a spacial over-density consistent with the claimed existence of co-rotating sturctures frequently seen in SDSS \cite{2014arXiv1411.3718I}. Still, the consensus on the prevelence of co-rotating satellite disks in the non-local Universe is unclear.

In this paper we examine kinematic evidence for the existence of rotating planes. We compare the kinematic results we obtain from selection criteria modelled after that of I14 to simple numerical models of satellite behavior. The structure of the paper is as follows: In Section [sec:data] we discuss the selection of the observational sample and the presense of the co-rotation signal. In Section [sec:models] we introduce our numerical models and compare the mock observations derived from the models to the true observational data. In Section [sec:discuss] we discuss our results in the context of the search for M31-like planes elsewhere in the Universe. Throughout our analysis, we employ a *Λ* cold dark matter (*Λ*CDM) cosmology with WMAP7+BAO+H0 parameters *Ω*_{Λ} = 0.73, *Ω*_{m} = 0.27, and *h* = 0.70 \cite{Komatsu_2011}, and unless otherwise noted all logarithms are base 10.

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Inverse and Exchange Matrix, Quantum Mechanics, Slater Determinants

INVERSE For a 3x3 non-singular matrix A with a determinant |A| defined by A= a_{11} & a_{12} & a_{13} \\ a_{21} & a_{22} & a_{23} \\ a_{31} & a_{32} & a_{33} we can calculate the inverse as A^{-1}={|A|} a_{22} & a_{23} \\ a_{32} & a_{33} & a_{13} & a_{12} \\ a_{33} & a_{32} & a_{12} & a_{13} \\ a_{22} & a_{23} \\ a_{23} & a_{21} \\ a_{33} & a_{31} & a_{11} & a_{13} \\ a_{31} & a_{33} & a_{13} & a_{11} \\ a_{23} & a_{21} \\ a_{21} & a_{22} \\ a_{31} & a_{32} & a_{12} & a_{11} \\ a_{32} & a_{31} & a_{11} & a_{12} \\ a_{21} & a_{22} If we define an operation that is RCRij(A):=Rij, remove the ith column and the jth row of A, then this is expressible as A^{-1}= |R_{11}| & |R_{12}J| & |R_{13}| \\ |R_{21}J| & |R_{22}| & |R_{23}J| \\ |R_{31}| & |R_{32}J| & |R_{33}| Where J= 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 Clearly the condition for a right multiplication of the J matrix being i + j = odd. Alternatively |A|(A^{-1})_{ij}=|R_{ij}J^{(i+j-1)}|=|J^{(i+j-1)R_{ij}}| This likely works because for any 2x2 matrix |A|= − |AJ₂|= − |J₂A|=|J₂AJ₂|. This property |A|= − |AJ₂| also appears to hold for a 3x3 matrix. Extrapolating backwards for a two by two matrix we get the correct formula on the proviso we define J₁ ≡ −1. This makes some sense, as for any JnJn = I and JnJnA = A. We can further extrapolate to the inverse of a 1x1 matrix A = A₁₁, taking the R₁₁ element to be the zero matrix, the determinant of this matrix is 1 and the reciprocal of the determinant of A is then just the reciprocal of A₁₁, which again is the inverse of the 1x1 matrix. Proof J₁ = −1: For any Jn, n > 1, |Jn|= − 1 as Jn is defined to be an antidiagonal matrix. |AB|=|A||B|. Therefore |AJn|= − |A|. If one extrapolates to the case n = 1, For the above to remain true, J₁ = −1 OTHER CONCEPT Looking at the same formula we can define four 3x3 matrices, top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right A^{TL}= a_{22} & a_{13} & a_{12} \\ a_{23} & a_{11} & a_{13} \\ a_{21} & a_{12} & a_{11} \\ A^{TR}= a_{23} & a_{12} & a_{13} \\ a_{21} & a_{13} & a_{11} \\ a_{22} & a_{11} & a_{12} \\ A^{BL}= a_{32} & a_{33} & a_{22} \\ a_{33} & a_{31} & a_{23} \\ a_{31} & a_{32} & a_{21} \\ A^{BR}= a_{33} & a_{32} & a_{23} \\ a_{31} & a_{33} & a_{21} \\ a_{32} & a_{31} & a_{22} These matrices are constructed from the rows of the original matrix as such, if R_i is the ith row of the original matrix, and P_n is an operator which cycles that row forward n times we have A^{TL}= R_2^TP_2 & R_1^TP_1 & R_1^TP_2 =A^{r(211)}_{p(212)}\\ A^{TR}= R_2^TP_1 & R_1^TP_2 & R_1^TP_1 =A^{r(211)}_{p(121)}\\ A^{BL}= R_3^TP_2 & R_3^TP_1 & R_2^TP_2 =A^{r(332)}_{p(212)}\\ A^{BR}= R_3^TP_1 & R_3^TP_2 & R_2^TP_1 =A^{r(332)}_{p(121)} These matricies are then such that {|A|}(A^{TL} \circ A^{BR} - A^{TR} \circ A^{BL}) = A^{-1} Where ∘ is the Hadamard product or element-wise product.

APPLYING MEMORY FORENSICS TO ROOTKIT DETECTION

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Igor Korkin 1 , Ivan Nesterov 2 1 National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering & Physics Institute (NRNU MEPhI), Moscow, 115409, Russia 2 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Moscow Region 141700, Russia # Corresponding author: igor.korkin@gmail.com PDF-version and slides - https://www.academia.edu/7380266/Applying_Memory_Forensics_to_Rootkit_Detection

Measurements of Index of Refraction of the Whistler Wave Using Appleton's Equation

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INTRODUCTION Radio emission from the ionosphere can produce a whistling sound in the audio frequency that can be heard[1]. The whistling sounds are described as groups of descending tones which are called the whistler mode. When lightning hits the southern hemisphere it produces a range of radio waves, some of which can travel along the earths magnetic field lines from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere[1].These waves are called extraordinary waves .The extraordinary waves emit two solutions to the wave equation named L and R waves.The L and R refer to left and right hand circularly polarized. The waves that describe the whistling sound are R waves and they will be detected in the north and the different frequencies of these waves will travel at different speeds. For $\omega<}{2}$ the phase and group velocities increase with frequency, where $={m}$ is the electron cyclotron frequency[1]. Due to this, the lower frequencies will arrive at the northern hemisphere later than the higher frequencies will, causing the descending tone in the whistler mode. These R waves waves that travel along the magnetic field lines are called whistler waves and these waves can only propagate for $\omega<{2}$. This lab seeks out to measure the dispersion relation of the whistler waves and to find the wave patterns theoretically and experimentally in the inductively coupled plasma device using Appletons equation.

Mode Test By GMM and Excess Mass Methods

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METHODS DESCRIPTION GMM GMM (Gaussian mixture modeling) method maximizes the likelihood of the data set using EM (expectation-maximization) method. 1. Assume that data has unimodal distribution: X ∼ N(μ, σ²). Calculate μ and σ² 2. Assume that data has bimodal distribution: X ∼ N(μ₁, μ₂, σ₁², σ₂², p) Initial guess: μ₁ = μ − σ, μ₂ = μ + σ, σ₁² = σ₂² = σ², p = 0.5 n= number of observations θ = (μ₁, μ₂, σ₁, σ₂, p) Z = (z₁, ..., zn) categorical vector, zi = 1, 2 X = (x₁, ..., xn) observations, (xi|zi = 1)∼N(μ₁, σ₁²), (xi|zi = 2)∼N(μ₂, σ₂²) _E-step_ P(z₁)=p, P(z₂)=1 − p Marginal likelihood: L(Θ; X; Z)=P(X, Z|Θ)=$\prod^n P(Z_i=z_i)f(x_i|, \sigma^2_{j})$ Q(Θ|Θ(T))=EZ|X, Θ(T)(logL(Θ; X; Z)) $T^{(t)}_{j,i}=P(Z_i=j|X_i=x_i,\theta^{(t)})=)f(x_i|\mu^{(t)}_{j}, \sigma^{2(t)}_{j})}{p^{(t)} f(x_i|\mu^{(t)}_{1}, \sigma^{2(t)}_{1})+(1-p^{(t)})f(x_i|\mu^{(t)}_{2}, \sigma^{2(t)}_{2})}$ $Q(|})=E_{|,}}(\log L(;;)) = \sum^n E[( \log L(;x_{i};z_{i})] =$ $= \sum^n \sum^2 T^{(t)}_{j,i}[\log P(z_{j}) -{2}\log(2\pi) - {2}\log\sigma^{2}_{j} - -)^2}{2\sigma^{2}_{j}}]$ _M-step_ θ(t + 1) = argmaxQ(θ|θ(t)) $^{(t+1)} = {n} \sum^n T^{(t)}_{1,i}$, $\mu^{(t+1)}_{1} = ^n T^{(t)}_{1,i}x_i}{\sum^n T^{(t)}_{1,i}}$, $\sigma^{2(t+1)}_{1} = ^n T^{(t)}_{1,i}(x_i-\mu^{(t+1)}_{1})^2}{\sum^n T^{(t)}_{1,i}}$ Continue iterations t until |logL(t + 1) − logL(t)|<10−3 Conclusion about data is made based on 3 tests. H₀ distribution is unimodal, H₁ distribution is bimodal: 1. LRT (Likelihood ratio test) −2lnλ = 2[lnLbimodal − lnLunimodal]∼χ² (LRT is the main test among all 3 tests for making conclusion about bimodality of data. The bigger −2lnλ is, the more we are convinced that distribution is bimodal). 2. (Bandwidth test) $D = \frac {|\mu_1 - \mu_2|}{(\sigma^2_1+\sigma^2_2)/2)^{0.5}}$ (D(distance)>2 is necessary for a clear separation of 2 peaks). 3. (Kurtosis test) kurtosis < 0 should be negative for a bimodal distribution. In some hard cases D and kurtosis fail to detect bimodality. That is why our main test is LRT. For example on the next 2 plots distributions are bimodal, however on 1 plot D<2 (it is hard to distinguish 2 peaks) and on the 2 plot kurtosis is positive and that corresponds to unimodal distribution (it happens because distribution is biased):

Molecular dynamics simulation of single crystal copper with silver impurities.

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Through molecular dynamics simulations we have investigated the behavior of a single crystal copper dopped with silver impurities (0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 at % Ag) ranged at different temperatures (0.1, 100 and 300 K) under the action the stress tensor . The stress tensor is applied along of the surface in the crystallographic plane(100). Silver atoms are placed randomly on the copper, by replacing. The simulation shows thermodynamic stability properties and altering the sample fractures the crystal structure of this .

The Internet as a (WorldWide) Telescope

What famous observatory has no lens and no mirror? Such research institutions weren't uncommon in centuries past - Claudius Ptolemy constructed such an observatory at Alexandria in the 2nd century, and in the 16th century, Tycho Brahe built Uraniborg ("the castle of Urania") and Stjerneborg ("star castle") to study the night sky. Now the modern age has its own version: the internet.

The wealth of astronomical data available online grows every day, collected from spacecraft such as Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra, as well as smaller, groundbased observatories around the globe. And there's a portal through which anyone can access these data to view the universe in its multiwavelength glory: the WorldWide Telescope (WWT).

This software runs on almost any computer or tablet via its web browser. You can also download an application to your Windows desktop. The WorldWide Telescope accesses the internet's amazing treasure-trove to provide beautiful all-sky imagery at dozens of wavelengths, as well as detailed images of many celestial targets. In addition, it offers links to in-depth information about individual objects, using diverse databases ranging from Wikipedia to NASA's Astrophysics Data System, which holds all astronomical literature published since the 1800s. WWT basically functions as an interactive web browser for the sky, a sky browser of sorts. Oh, and it's free.

Proposal to join LSST at LUPM

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a wide-field, ground-based telescope, designed to image a substantial fraction of the sky in six optical bands every few nights. It is planned to operate for a decade, starting in 2021, allowing the stacked images to detect galaxies to redshifts well beyond unity. The LSST is designed to achieve a very broad science roadmap, that can be articulated around four major science themes: - Probing Dark Energy and Dark Matter; - Taking an inventory of the Solar system; - Exploring the transient optical sky; - Mapping the Milky Way. This document outlines the current work plan that the LSST team at LUPM is putting forward to officially join the LSST project and efficiently start their scientific and technical activities. It is intended to serve as a support to the Scientific Council of LUPM, in preparation to the review on October 1-2 2014. In the first part of the document, we summarize the LSST project, the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), and the LSST-France activities. The second part shortly introduces the LUPM team, and we devote the third section to a presentation of the LSST project and activities at LUPM.

N-Body Simulation of a Proto-Solar System with a Neptune-like Object

INTRODUCTION The widely-accepted explanation for the initial formation of the Solar System is known as the Nebular Hypothesis, that the Sun formed from a collapsing, dense region of an interstellar molecular cloud, with the remainder of material gravitationally accreting and flattening into an orbiting circular disk. This excess material eventually coalesced to form the small solar system bodies, including planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. After their initial formation, however, the orbital parameters of small bodies were not static. Due to complex gravitational interactions and interchanges of orbital energy between particles, planets, remaining small-bodies, and particles experienced 'migration' – periods during which their orbital parameters evolved substantially, particularly in their orbital radii (Semi-Major Axis). Migration is believed to account for the current configuration of planets in the solar system, including the gas giants. Additionally, it offers a likely explanation for the small orbital radii and, consequently, short orbital periods of “Hot Jupiter” planets which have been detected in extrasolar planetary systems, as it suggests that their orbits may have undergone an inward migration and eventual stabilization. Evidence suggests that migration could account for the current orbit of Neptune, since the orbit periods of a number of small solar system bodies appear to be in resonance, which must be the result of gravitational interactions with Neptune. A numerical simulation of a gas-less, solar-like proto-planetary disk was performed by Rodney S Gomes et. al. (Planetary Migration in a Planetesimal Disk: Why Did Neptune Stop at 30 AU? - 2004) to investigate Neptune's migration. The result was an outward migration of Neptune, which stabilized at a semi-major axis of approximately 30 AU from the central star, remarkably close to it's actual semi-major axis of 29.21 AU. Migration was found to be sensitive to the mass density of the proto-planetary disk. Outlying material, representing an initially close-in 'Kuiper Belt', quickly dispersed and lost a significant portion of its mass before Neptune stabilized into its final orbit, thus placing Neptune, effectively, on the edge of the disk after it ceased migrating. This result was obtained by setting the initial radius of the disk to ~35 AU, with a linear mass density of ~1.5 Earth masses per AU. When the mass density of the disk was increased (relatively massive disk), Neptune showed a runaway migration out to very large distances, due to interaction with particles that continually “fed” its migration. In a previous simulation of 10,000 particles, with a disk which encompassed 60 Earth masses of material between 20 and 45 AU, and and r^-(1.5) surface density profile, Gomes (2003) observed an outward migration of Neptune and stabilization at 45 AU.

MagPen: A Novel Method of Digitizing Notes Using Magnets

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This paper presents a novel method of digitizing notes and/or diagrams that are drawn on a sheet of paper. Most modern phones contain magnetometers that output the strength of the surrounding magnetic field in the x, y, and z direction. If a magnet is brought closer to the device (and the magnetometer), the values from the magnetometer will be altered. By determining the change in the altered magnetic field, we can determine the position of the magnet. With the position, we can determine the location of the magnet relative to the phone. We have created a magnet based pen (MagPen) and built an android application that allows users to write notes on a sheet of paper while their mobile phone automatically digitizes. Users will also be able to perform certain actions using the button on the pen and select various pen attributes using the MagPen. AUTHOR KEYWORDS Pen input, magnetometer, mobile devices, notes ACM CLASSIFICATION KEYWORDS H.5.2 [Information interfaces and presentation]: User Interfaces: Input Devices and Strategies.

Master thesis research proposal: How do daily household practices affect food wastage? Empirical insights from 100 Dutch households in the context of the 100 100 100 campaign

TITLE PAGE - Name: Robert Orzanna - Title: How do daily household practices affect food wastage? Empirical insights from 100 Dutch households in the context of the 100 100 100 campaign - Contact: r.orzanna@students.uu.nl - Supervisor: Prof. dr. Ernst Worrell - 2^nd reader: dr. ir. Wina Crijns-Graus

Exo II: Modelling Phase Curves of Hot Jupiter Planets and Implications for Habitable Planets

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For centuries, humans have wondered if there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. With the advent of telescopes capable of detecting planets around other stars, exoplanets, we would like to determine if these planets are capable of harboring life. In our solar system, spacecrafts and landers have been sent to our terrestrial neighbors to look for life. Sample return missions, though costly in both time and money, are one sure fire way to discover if a material ever has, ever could, or contains any familiar life. Barring that, in situ measurement from landers are next best. For exoplanets, these methods are impossible. Therefore, we use remote sensing techniques. What light should we look for to detect life?

Life, as we know it, requires certain surface and atmospheric conditions. We require oxygen to breathe, ozone to protect us from harmful rays, and liquid water on the surface to serve as a catalyst for biochemical reactions. These signatures of life can be detected in the spectrum of a planetary atmosphere. To understand how biology can affect the atmosphere it is critical to understand atmospheres in habitable and non-habitable situations. Ideally a spectrum would reveal features related to water and ozone. Direct imaging of a planet would be ideal. Both of these techniques rely on the planet being bright enough and distant enough from its star to resolve them separately. The systems for which these techniques have been applied are few in number. Conversely, there are a number of photometric surveys searching for and characterizing exoplanets.

Kepler’s high-precision light curves have provided a cornucopia of information buried within the noise of other surveys. Not only are they able to provide a measure of stellar limb darkening, the period of the planet, the size of the planet, and the orbital semi-major axis, but these light curves may also provide information about the temperature, albedo, and even mass of the planet.

In our project, we will demonstrate what can be learned from the albedo and temperature for several well-known exoplanets. We will introduce the components of light curves and their relationship to the geometry of the system. We later discuss the atmospheric implications for these planets, and finally what a potentially habitable terrestrial planet would look like.

Introduction to Complexity Science: On my desire to deepen my understanding of the complexity of sustainability lifestyles

Every day I see myself confronted with the same challenging question: “ hinders people to live more sustainably and what can be my contribution to help overcoming the barriers to let them adopt more sustainable lifestyles?" As a current Master student of _Sustainable Development: Energy & Resources_ at Utrecht University I am excited and passionate to accept this challenge. I am currently devoting my master thesis on food wastage in Dutch households, presenting a complex interaction with environmental implications and behavioural aspects for stimulating change. Beginning of November 2014, I attended a summer school in Barcelona dedicated to sustainable lifestyles transitions. Similar to complexity being used as a buzzword, so is sustainability. Its concept is all-inclusive and its boundaries when used in different contexts frequently unclear. To me, complexity manifests as the challenge of sustainable development for the required widespread adoption of mindful human activities. While it was frequently stated that unsustainabilities can be overcome by technical innovation and thus the dominant contribution of natural sciences and engineering, the focus has more and more shifted to acknowledging the importance of individual human lifestyles transitions. In memory of a remarkable course on _Sustainable Development: Integrating Perspectives_ by Bert de Vries, henceforth I believe that sustaining solutions can only be found with inclusive systems thinking, trans- and inter-disciplinary in nature. Aside this background, I am very excited to work together with inspiring colleagues from particularly Eastern cultures in which holistic systems thinking has found its roots already several millennia ago. In conclusion, I would like to receive the opportunity of joining an inter-disciplinary team, working together to find inspirations for my prospective work as a PhD student on behavioural changes and sustainability lifestyles in response to demanding questions such as the following: 1. How to adapt systems to stimulate adaptive changes from an individual perspective? 2. How can models and simulation tools be designed to study sustainability lifestyle behaviour of people in complex systems? 3. How can evolutionary algorithms contribute to a better understanding of how sustainable lifestyle practices replicate over time?

PhD Orientation Proposal: Exploring Sustainable Lifestyles

In this orientation proposal I want to outline my interests and motivations for a PhD in the research area of sustainable lifestyles. I will be reviewing the research foci of three different research institutes: (1) The Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, (2) the Future Food interdisciplinary research initiative at Utrecht University, and (3) the Strategic Communication Group at Wageningen University. I will contextualise their research activities with my own interests to provide research questions for prospective investigation.