Curriculum Vitae Piet Hut

Date of Birth: Sept. 26, 1952
Place of Birth: Utrecht, The Netherlands
M.Sc.: University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1977
Ph.D.: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1981

Positions

Professor, 1985 - present, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
Assistant Professor, 1984 - 1985, Astronomy Department, Univ. of California, Berkeley.
Long term member, 1981 - 1984, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
Research assistant, 1978 - 1981, Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Amsterdam.
Research assistant, 1977 - 1978, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Univ. of Utrecht.

Publications

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Honors, Functions, Memberships

1984 - 1990

Chair of I.A.U. Symposium 113 on Dynamics of Star Clusters (I.A.S., 1984); editor of the proceedings (w. Dr. J.J. Goodman).

Sloan Foundation Fellowship: 1985 - 1987.

Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Kyoto University: June 1985 - Sept. 1985

Trustee of John von Neumann Supercomputer Center, 1985 - 1990.

Chair of Workshop on the Use of Supercomputers in Stellar Dynamics (I.A.S., 1986); editor of the proceedings (w. Dr. S.L.W. McMillan).

Editor, Springer-Verlag Series in computational physics, 1986 - 1991.

Visiting Scientist in Computer Science, Mass. Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA, July 1986 & Oct. 1987.

Member of the Peer Review Board of the Illinois and Pittsburgh Supercomputer Centers, 1988 - 1991.

Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo University: Apr. 1989 - Jan. 1990.

Visiting Researcher, Institute for Supercomputing Research, Tokyo, Japan, July - Aug. 1989; Dec. 1990; Aug. 1991; Jan. 1992.

Visiting Scientist, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Feb. - Apr. 1990.

Member of the Review Panel for the MIDAS image processing system, ESO, M\"unchen, April 2-3, 1990.

1991 - 1995

Visiting Scholar in Applied Mathematics, Mass. Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA, part-time during July 1992 - May 1993.

Research Affiliate for the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Mass. Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, MA, part-time during July 1992 - June 1993.

Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Kyoto University: June 1993 - Aug. 1993.

Member of the Visiting Committee for the Evaluation of the Faculty of Science of Kyoto University, July - Aug. 1993.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee in the Program on Dense Stellar Systems at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, CA, and participant during the period Nov. 1993 - Dec. 1993.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the workshop on N-Body Simulations of Star Clusters and planetary Systems, Lake Tahoe, California, June 6-9, 1994.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for I.A.U. Symposium 165, Compact Stars in Binaries, The Hague, Holland, Aug. 15-19, 1994.

Recipient (w. Dr. Roger Shepard) of two one-year Sloan Foundation Fellowships to study the Limits of Scientific Knowledge, 1994 - 1996.

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference Some Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics, at IAS in Princeton, April 27-29, 1995.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference on The Origins, Evolution, and Destinies of Binary Stars in Clusters, Calgary, Canada, June 19-23, 1995.

Editor of the proceedings (w. Dr. J. Makino), and member of the Scientific Organizing Committee, for I.A.U. Symposium 174 on Dynamical Evolution of Star Clusters (Tokyo, Aug. 1995).

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the electronic Journal `New Astronomy', 1995 - present.

Organizer (w. Dr. Frank Summers) of the workshop A Special Purpose Computer for Stellar Dynamics: GRAPE, The Next Generation, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, Dec. 1995).

1996 - 1997

Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo University: Jan. 1996.

Organizer (w. James Hartle and Joseph Traub) of the workshop Fundamental Sources of Unpredictability, at the Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, March 1996); co-editor of the proceedings.

Recipient (as part of the GRAPE team) of a NSF/NASA/DARPA/NSA Petaflops Point Design Studies award, at the Petaflops Architecture Workshop (Caltech, April 1996).

Elected as Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 1996.

Elected as Member of the Lindisfarne Association, June 1997.

Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee of the Workshop Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics: Models, Applications, and Enabling Technologies, at the Institute for Advanced Studies, June 1997.

Organizer (w. Tarthang Tulku and Jack Petranker) of a workshop on Dialogues with Time and Space, at Odiyan, CA, Aug. 15-17, 1997.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference on International Symposium on Supercomputing - New Horizon of Computational Science, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 1-3, 1997.

Chair and organizer of the session on Modeling Modeling, during the New England Complex Systems Institute International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, Sept. 21-26, 1997.

Research Associate to the Department of Astronomy at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, in New York city, Sept. 1997 - present.

Invited participant at the Sixth Mind and Life Conference, a five-day dialogue between five physicists and the Dalai Lama, held at Dharamsala, India, Oct. 27-31, 1997.

President of the Kira Institute, Inc., Dec. 1997 - present.

1998 - 1999

Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the workshop on Developments in N-body Simulation, Amsterdam, Holland, Jan. 19-20, 1998.

Advisor for the programme in Foundations of Biology, at the University of Leiden, Holland, Feb. 1998 - 2000.

Member of the oversight committee for the Meta science and religion listserv and news service, 1998 - 2002.

Visiting Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan, May through July, 1998.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1998 - present.

Member of the organizing committee and faculty of the Kira Summer School on Values in a World of Fact, Amherst, MA, August 2-15, 1998.

Chair of the Roundtable on ``The Role of the Subject in Science'', held at the State of the World Forum, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 26-31, 1988.

Co-chair (w. Jun Makino) for the workshop on The GRAPE Users Community, Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 27-28, 1999.

Co-chair (w. Jun Makino) of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the symposium on Astrophysics on the GRAPE, Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 28-29, 1999.

Co-chair (w. Kawai Hayao) for the Symposium Ambiguity brought into Focus, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan, March 5-7, 1999.

Member of the Advisory Committee for the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona at Tucson, 1999 - 2002.

Special Advisor for Science, for NECSI Japan, Tokyo, the Japan branch of the New England Complex Studies Institute, 1999 - 2000.

Member of the organizing committee and faculty of the Kira Summer School on Values in a World of Fact, Amherst, MA, July 25 - August 7, 1999.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for ICCP5, the 5th International Conference on Computational Physics, Kanazawa, Japan, Oct. 11-13, 1999.

Member of the Science Advisory Board of the radio program Science Matters, Nov. 1999 - 2001.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University, and Associate Member of the Columbia University Seminars, Dec. 1999 - 2006.

2000 - 2001

Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2000.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference on Dynamics of Star Clusters and the Milky Way, Heidelberg, Germany, March 20-24, 2000.

Member of the International Advisory Council of the Foreign Policy Association, New York, 2000 - 2003.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference on Stellar Collisions, New York City, USA, May 31 - July 2, 2000.

Member of the organizing committee and faculty of the Kira Summer School and Conference on Ways of Knowing, Amherst, MA, July 30 - August 12, 2000.

Member of the Husserl Circle, 2001 - present.

Co-organizer (w. David De Young, George Djorgovski and Alex Szalay) of the workshop on The Virtual Observatory - Integration with Theoretical Modeling and Visualization Issues, National Optical Astronomy Observatory Tucson, March 20-21, 2001.

Co-organizer (w. David De Young) of the workshop on The Role of Simulations in the National Virtual Observatory, at the Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, Colorado, June 4-5, 2001.

Co-chair (w. Jun Makino) of the Scientific Organizing Committee for IAU symposium 208 on Astrophysical Supercomputing using Particles, Tokyo, Japan, July 10-13, 2001.

Member of the organizing committee and faculty of the Kira Summer School and Conference on Ways of Knowing, Amherst, MA, July 29 - August 11, 2001.

Presenter of the inaugural lecture for a colloquium on Science and Philosophy, organized under the joint sponsorship of the Philosophy and Physics departments at Seattle University; Seattle, Washington, October 18, 2001.

Co-organizer (w. Ed Lu) of the workshop on Deflecting Asteroids, at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, October 20, 2001.

Member of the Science Working Group of the National Virtual Observatory initiative, 2001 - 2003.

2002 - 2003

Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation, 2002 - 2006.

Member of the Advisory Board of Technoetic Arts, published by Intellect Books, 2002 - present, a peer-reviewed journal presenting ideas, projects and practices arising from the confluence of art, science, technology and consciousness research.

Co-chair (w. Michael Shara) of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the workshop on Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics, at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, June 17-21, 2002.

Member of the organizing committee and faculty of the Kira Summer School and Conference on Ways of Knowing, Amherst, MA, July 29 - August 5, 2002.

Member of an Advisory Panel for the third space show in the Rose Center of the American Museum of Natural History, in New York city, Sept. 2002.

Secretary and Member of the Board of the B612 Foundation, Sept. 2002 - 2013.

Co-organizer (w. Simon Portegies Zwart) of the second workshop on MOdeling DEnse STellar systems, MODEST-2, Amsterdam, Holland, Dec. 16-17, 2002.

Contributor to the course "Computational Science" of the University of the Air in Japan, which will be broadcast twice a year, 2003-2007.

Co-organizer (w. Russell Schweickart) of the B612's Founder's meeting II at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, March 14-15, 2003.

Co-organizer (w. Rosemary Mardling) of the third workshop on MOdeling DEnse STellar systems, MODEST-3, Melbourne, Australia, July 9-11, 2003.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for Joint Discussion 11, on Dynamics and Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems at the General Assembly meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Sydney, 18 July, 2003.

Visiting Scholar at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: November 2003 - January 2004.

Member of the Panel Discussion in the Symposium on Interdisciplinary Studies on Consciousness, at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 10, 2003.

2004 - 2005

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the fourth workshop on MOdeling DEnse STellar systems, MODEST-4, Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 12-14, 2004.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness, January 2004 - present.

CNRS Visiting Fellowship at the University of Strasbourg, France: March - April, 2004.

Instructor and co-organizer for the School on Numerical N-Body Dynamics, March 19-22, Strasbourg, France.

Visiting Scholar at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: May - June, 2004.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for a conference on N-Body problems in Astrophysics, organized by the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, April 18-22, 2005.

Asteroid 17031 Piethut was named after me, in December 2004. It has a diameter of several miles and moves around the sun in an orbit with a semimajor axis of 2.4 AU, an eccentricity of 0.12 and an inclination of 8 degrees.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for a conference on Few-Body Problem: Theory and Computer simulations, at the University of Turku, Turku, Finland, June 4-9, 2005.

Member of the Advisory Committee for the Okayama Institute for Quantum Physics, Okayama, Japan, April 2004 - present.

Organizer of the MODEST-5d workshop Visualization of Simulations in Dense Stellar Systems, at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, April 7, 2005.

Visiting Scholar at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: June - July, 2005.

Instructor and co-organizer for the Summer School on Direct N-Body Simulations, July 24-30, Amsterdam, Holland.

Organizer of the MODEST-6b workshop Black Magic & White Elephants: Performance and Transparency in Computational Stellar Dynamics, at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, Sept. 15-16, 2005.

2006 - 2007

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-6d workshop on Framework Workshop on Modeling Dense Stellar Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 27-28, 2006.

President of WoK, Inc., an initiative to explore Ways of Knowing, June 2006 - present.

Member of the Recommendation Committee (Comite van Aanbeveling) for the National Mental Sports Center Amsterdam (Nationaal Denksportcentrum Amsterdam), 2006 - present.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for IAU Joint Discussion 14 on Modeling Dense Stellar Systems, Prague, Czech Republic, August 22-23, 2006.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-7c workshop on Multi-scale Multi-physics Frameworks, Philadelphia, PA, September 15, 2006.

Visiting Scholar at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: October 2006 - January 2007.

Member of FQXi, The Foundational Questions Institute, which funds research into foundational questions in physics and cosmology, December 2006 - present.

Co-Chair of the Evaluation Committee for the 4D2U visualization project at the National Astronomical Observatory Japan, December, 2006.

Director of MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, May 2007 - October 2008.

Member of the Mind and Reality Seminar at Columbia University, 2007 - present.

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Antimatters, 2007 - present.

Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-7a, A Software Framework for Simulationg Stellar Systems, August 20-31, 2007, at the University of Split, in Split, Croatia.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for IAU symposium 246 on Dynamical Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems, Capri, Italy, September 5-9, 2007.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for AstroGPU 2007, on General Purpose Computation on GPUs in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Princeton, NJ, USA, November 9-10, 2007.

2008 - 2009

Chair of the Evaluation Committee for the Theory Group and the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the National Astronomical Observatory Japan, in Tokyo, Japan: January, 2008.

Invited speaker at the Symposium on Neuroscience and Free Will at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, March 2008.

Member of the Evaluation Committee for the National Astronomical Observatory Japan, in Tokyo, Japan: May, 2008.

Visiting Scholar at the National Astronomical Observatory Japan, in Tokyo, Japan: May - July 2008.

Invited speaker at the 2008 New Media Consortium Summer Conference, in Princeton, NJ, USA, which I attended through the virtual world of Qwaq Forums, June 2008.

Invited Panelist at Scientists and Science Outreach in Second Life, part of the virtual conference for Second Life's 5th Birthday Celebrations, July 2008.

Member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA, 2008 - present.

Key Note Speaker at the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA'08), at the National Institute for Informatics, NII, Tokyo, Japan, September 1-3, 2008.

Member of the Evaluation Committee for KEK, in Tsukuba, Japan: December, 2008.

Member of the Board of Advisors of Open Shaspa, a virtual world environment based on OpenSim: May 2009 - present.

Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan: May 2009.

Visiting Professor at the Global Center of Excellence at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: July 2009.

Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-9c workshop, Using Virtual Worlds for Interactive Simulations of Star Cluster Evolution, September 7-11, 2009, at the National Institute for Informatics and the National Astronomical Observatory Japan, both in Tokyo, Japan.

Co-organizer of the workshop on Avatars, Selves, and Virtual Communities at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA, in collaboration with the New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA, Oct. 17, 2009.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-9d workshop, Development of MUSE, Multiscale Multiphysics Scientific Environment, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Nov. 18, 2009.

Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo, Japan: December 2009.

2010 - 2011

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-10 workshop, jointly organised by the National Astronomical Observatories - Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (KIAA), Beijing, Aug. 30 -- Sept. 3, 2010.

Visiting Professor at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, September - November 2010.

Co-organizer of the Sakigake series of workshops, an interdisciplinary initiative involving mathematicians and scientists in various institutes in Japan, entitled "Adventures in Categories", Oct. - Dec. 2010.

Visiting Professor at the Center for Planetary Science at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, December 2010.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the Workshop `Adventures in Categories', held on June 1-3, 2011 at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Co-organizer of the summer program MODEST-10c Algorithms and Applications of gravitational N-body simulation, in Kobe, Japan, funded by the High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) Strategic Program of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), August 1 - September 17, 2011.

Member of the Selection Committee Hakuraku Council for the Young Researcher Development Center (Hakubi Center) at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, August 27-28, 2011.

Co-organizer of the workshop MODEST-10d High-Level Languages for Hugely Parallel Astrophysics Simulations: Dialogues between Computer Scientists and (Astro)physicists, held in Kobe, Japan, August 23-24, 2011.

Co-organizer of the first workshop Ways of Knowing, at the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, Oct. 30 -- Nov. 1, 2011.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the MODEST-11 workshop, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, December 12-16, 2011.

2012 - 2013

Co-organizer of the second workshop Ways of Knowing, at the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, March 22-25, 2012.

I gave the annual William Witherspoon Lecture at the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, March, 2012.

Member of the Organizing Committee of the International Astronomical Union Commission 7: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 2012-2015.

Visiting Fellow at the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo, Japan: April 2012.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation, a division of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, 2012 -- present.

External Evaluator for the Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2012 -- present.

Principle Investigator and Councilor of ELSI, the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8551, Japan.

Member of ISSOL, the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life and Astrobiology Society, 2012 -- present

Member of ISAL, the International Society for Artificial Life, 2013 -- present.

Invited to give the Opening Speech on The Big Questions at the 1st International Symposium at the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, March 2013.

Invited speaker at the Japanese Geophysical Union conference in Tokyo, Japan, May 2013.

Co-organizer of the workshop Origins of Life at the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, June 2013.

Co-organizer of the workshop Large-Scale simulation of Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems, Kobe, Japan, July/August 2013.

Member of the Advisory Committee for "GRAVASCO: N-body gravitational dynamical systems from N=2 to infinity", a trimester of seminars and lectures for master students and researchers as well as specialized workshops at the Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP) in Paris, Sep-Dec 2013.

Invited speaker at the 6th Japan Astrobiology Network Workshop (JABN6) in Tokyo, Japan, December 2013.

2014 - 2015

Strategic Advisor for the B612 Foundation, 2014 -- present.

Co-organizer of the workshop Why Life? at the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, January 2014.

Organizer of the one-day workshop Modeling Origins of Life, held at IAS in Princeton, on March 11, 2014.

Organizer of the one-day workshop Category Theory for Scientists, held at IAS in Princeton, on March 21, 2014.

Co-organizer of the five-week workshop Modeling Origins of Life, held in Tokyo, Japan in July, 2014, and in Kobe, Japan, in August 2014.

Key Note speaker at the 14th Annual Learning Community Retreat of the Atlantic Center for Learning Communities, where I also was the organizer of the workshop Freedom from Identification in practice.

Organizer of the two-day workshop Modeling Origins of Life, the Next Step, held at IAS in Princeton, on November 14-15, 2014.

Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the 3rd International ELSI Symposium Life in the Universe, held in Tokyo, Japan in January, 2015.

Founding Member of ISSA, the Initiative for a Synthesis in Studies of Awareness, in January 2015.

Director of the ELSI Origins Network, July 1, 2015 -- March 31, 2018.

Member of ASSC, the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, 2015 -- present.

Co-organizer of a session entitled Laws of Life: Exploring Universal Biology Through Computer Simulation, at the Astrobiology conference AbSciCon 2015 in Chicago, June 2015.

Organizer of the three-week Summer School Towards an Integrative Approach to the Study of Awareness in Kobe, Japan, August 2015.

Co-organizer of the five-day conference Re-Conceptualizing the Origin of Life, Washington DC, USA, November 2015.

Co-organizer of the three-day workshop The Strategy for Origins of Life Research, Tokyo, Japan, August 2015.

2016 - 2017

Member of the Review Panel for the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Tokyo, Japan, January 2016.

Program Committee Member for the Fifteenth Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XV), Cancun, Mexico, 4-8 July 2016.

Invited Lecturer for the Professional Development Course at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Graduate University, Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan, April 2016.

Co-organizer of the Satellite Symposium on The Origin of Consciousness at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo, July 2016.

Executive Director of Yhouse, Inc, a non-profit corporation for the study of Awareness, based in New York, September 2016 - present.

Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the 2017 Summer School  of the Initiative for a Synthesis in Studies of Awareness in May 2017.

Keynote Speaker at the 17th Biennial Conference of International Society for Theoretical Psychology, August 21- 25, 2017, at Rikkyo University, Tokyo.