International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2011)

Quincy, MA

June 26 - July 1, 2011

Past conference programs:
ICCS 2007 | ICCS 2006 | ICCS 2004 | ICCS 2002 | ICCS 2000 | ICCS 1998 | ICCS 1997

Conference Overview: This is the eighth in a series of conferences with two major aims: first, to investigate those properties or characteristics that appear to be common to the very different complex systems now under study; and second, to encourage cross fertilization among the many disciplines involved.


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ICCS Topics: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems.  The themes are:


  • EMERGENCE: The relationship of component to collective behavior; the relationship of internal structure to external influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and fractals.

  • COMPLEXITY & INFORMATION: Defining complexity; characterizing the information necessary to describe complex systems; structuring, storing, accessing, distributing, visualizing and analyzing information describing complex systems; the dynamics of information and its computational characterization.

  • DYNAMICS & SELF-ORGANIZATION: Time series analysis and prediction; chaos; temporal correlations; the time scale of dynamic processes; spatio-temporal patterns; dynamic scaling; pattern formation; evolution, development and adaptation; interaction between internal dynamics and external inputs; programmability of self-organization.

  • NETWORKS: Complex network topologies; small-world and scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques and communities; dynamical networks; adaptive networks; network modeling and analysis; modularity, degeneracy, redundancy, and substructure; visualization of networks.

  • METHODOLOGY: Computer simulation; agent-based modeling; data-driven research methods; analytical methods; nonlinear statistics; soft computing; methods and tools for complex systems education.


  • PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: Non-equilibrium processes; hydrodynamics; glasses; non-linear chemical dynamics; complex fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation in quantum and classical physical systems; spatio-temporal patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.

  • BIO-MOLECULAR & CELLULAR SYSTEMS: Systems biology; 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; origins of life.

  • PHYSIOLOGICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL SYSTEMS: Nervous system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural and cognitive function; perception, cognition and action; psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and development; human-machine interaction; autonomous mental development; neurocognitive networks.

  • ORGANISMS & POPULATIONS: Population biology; ecosystems; ecology; ecological networks; speciation; evolution.

  • HUMAN SOCIAL & ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: Social networks; corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational behavior and management; markets; urban development; the global economy; military systems; global conflict; interactions between human and natural systems.

  • ENGINEERED SYSTEMS: Design and manufacturing; nano-technology; bioengineering; modified and hybrid biological organisms; computer based interactive systems; multi-agent systems; artificial life; artificial intelligence; robots; communication networks; the Internet; traffic systems; distributed control; self-organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering; biologically inspired engineering; sensor networks.


Executive Committee:

Founding Chair: Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute) 
General Chair: Ali A. Minai (University of Cincinnati, USA) 
General Co-Chair: Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, USA) 
Program Chair: Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY, USA)

Program Committee:

Andy Adamatzky (University of the West of England, UK)
Iqbal Adjali (Unilever, UK)
Athena Aktipis (University of Arizona, USA)
Takaya Arita (Nagoya University, Japan)
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (Northeastern University, USA)
Mark Bedau (Reed College, USA)
Ginestra Bianconi (Nothestern University, USA)
Philippe Binder (University of Hawaii, USA)
Eric Bonabeau (Icosystem Corporation, USA)
Josh Bongard (University of Vermont, USA)
Seth Bullock (University of Southampton, UK)
Guido Caldarelli (INFM, Rome, ITALY)
Iain Couzin (Princeton University, USA)
Marcus de Aguiar (IFGW - UNICAMP, Brazil)
Kevin Desouza (University of Washington, USA)
Fred Discenzo (Rockwell Automation, USA)
Rene Doursat (Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France)
Margaret J. Eppstein (University of Vermont, USA)
Carlos Gershenson (Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)
Robert Ghanea (British Telecom, UK)
William G. Glenney, IV (CNO Strategic Studies Group, USA)
William Griffin (Arizona State University, USA)
Thilo Gross (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany)
Helen Harte (Community Health Plan, USA)
Alfred Hubler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Mark Klein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Juergen Kluever (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Craig Laramee (Binghamton University, USA)
Fabrizio Lillo (Universita di Palermo, Italy / Santa Fe Institute, USA)
May Lim (University of the Philippines, Philippines)
Czeslaw Mesjasz (Krakow University of Economics, Poland)
Pamela Mischen (Binghamton University, USA)
Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi (Stony Brook University, SUNY, USA)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lael Parrott (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Luis Rocha (Indiana University, USA)
Hava Siegelmann (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Christina Stoica (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Bill Sulis (McMaster University, Canada)
Jun Suzuki (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
Christof Teuscher (Portland State University, USA)
Irina Trofimova (McMaster University, Canada)
Len Troncale (California State University Pomona, USA)
Jonathan Vos Post (Computer Futures, USA)
Richard Watson (University of Southampton, UK)
Justin Werfel (Harvard University, USA)
Brian White (CAU-SES, USA)
Daniel Whitney (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Janet Wiles (University of Queensland, Australia)
Ian Wilkinson (University of New South Wales, Australia)
David Wolpert (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)