Recently I’ve been researching formal courses, offered by universities, which have included NKS as a text, or as recommended reading. I found (and am still finding) quite a few courses all over the world which reference NKS. Most of the references use Stephen Wolfram’s 2002 book as the primary source of knowledge about constructing, evolving, and thinking about cellular automata. Some others use NKS as a basic book in complexity theory.
The course subjects are widely varied:
- Artificial Life
- Environmental Science
Many of these courses took place during the 2007-2008 school year, or are currently taking place in the 2008-2009 school year.
I chose to highlight the Fishery Science course, because it really gives one the sense of how broad NKS applications are.
I’m still on the hunt, but I hope to turn up even more interesting courses which use, or are based on, NKS. My favorite so far is here (lots of links and resources).