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, fractals, networks.
- 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, spatio-temporal patterns, dynamic scaling.
- SELF-ORGANIZATION: Pattern formation, evolution, development and adaptation.
The system categories are:
- PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: non-equilibrium processes, hydrodynamics, glasses, non-linear chemical dynamics, complex fluids, molecular self-organization, information and computation in physical systems, spatio-temporal patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.
- 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 and product manufacturing, nano-technology, modified and hybrid biological organisms, computer based interactive systems, agents, artificial life, artificial intelligence, robots, communication networks, traffic systems, distributed control systems.
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