New England Complex Systems Institute


International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2002)

Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems.

The themes are:

  • EMERGENCE, STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION: substructure, the relationship of component to collective behavior, the relationship of internal structure to external influence, multiscale structure and dynamics.
  • INFORMATICS: structuring, storing, accessing, and distributing information describing complex systems.
  • COMPLEXITY: characterizing the amount of information necessary to describe complex systems, and the dynamics of this information.
  • DYNAMICS: time series analysis and prediction, chaos, temporal correlations, the time scale of dynamic processes.
  • SELF-ORGANIZATION: pattern formation, evolution, development and adaptation.

The system categories are:

  • FUNDAMENTALS, PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: Spatio-temporal patterns and chaos, fractals, dynamic scaling, non-equilibrium processes, hydrodynamics, glasses, non-linear chemical dynamics, complex fluids, molecular self-organization, information and computation in physical systems, evolution.
  • BIO-MOLECULAR & CELLULAR SYSTEMS: Protein and DNA folding, bio-molecular informatics, membranes, cellular response and communication, genetic regulation, gene-cytoplasm interactions, development, cellular differentiation, primitive multicellular organisms, the immune system.
  • PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SYSTEMS: Nervous system, neuro-muscular control, neural network models of brain, cognition, psychofunction, psychological dysfunction, mind control, pattern recognition, learning and development, man-machine interactions.
  • ORGANISMS AND POPULATIONS: Population biology, ecosystems, ecology, evolution.
  • HUMAN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: Corporate and social structures and dynamics, markets, urban development, the global economy, military systems, global conflict, the Internet.
  • ENGINEERED SYSTEMS: Product design, development and manufacturing, nano-technology, modified and hybrid biological organisms, computer based interactive systems, agents, artificial life, artificial intelligence, and robots communication networks, traffic systems, emergent control of distributed systems.

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