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International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2006)
Unifying Themes in Complex Systems:

The 2006 International Conference on Complex Systems will be structured around central unifying themes of Complex Systems and the application of these themes to specific disciplines.

The themes of ICCS06 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, representing traditionally seperate disciplines, 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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