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International Conference on Complex Systems 2004 (ICCS2004)
SUBJECT AREAS:
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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