Complexity Digest 2009.14
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- On the Origin of The Nervous System, Science
- A Principal Component Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures, PLoS ONE
- Origins and evolutionary genomics of the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 influenza A epidemic, Nature
- Ferrets Shed Light on New Virus's Severity and Spread, Science
- Complexity, A Guided Tour, PlexusCalls
- Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything, TED.com
- Jared Diamond on why societies collapse, TED.com
- Mind the Gap! [Book review], PLoS Biol
- The Role of Stromal Stem Cells in Tissue Regeneration and Wound Repair, Science
- The Increasing Complexity of the Cancer Stem Cell Paradigm, Science
- Growth Factors, Matrices, and Forces Combine and Control Stem Cells, Science
- Urban chaos and perplexing dynamics of urbanization, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences
- Can Chaos Theory Explain Complexity In Urban Fabric? Applications in Traditional Muslim Settlements, Nexus Network Journal
- Glider-Guns in 3d Cellular Automata, DDLab
- Are complex systems hard to evolve?, Complexity
- Welcome to the Intelligence Age: an examination of intelligence as a complex venture emergent behavior, VINE
- The Structure of Critical Care Transfer Networks, Medical Care
- Engineering Sexless Seeds as a Path to High-Yield Crops, PLoS Biol
- Turning Meiosis into Mitosis, PLoS Biol
- The Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship, PLoS ONE
- Geometries of Imaginary Space: Architectural Developments of the Ideas of M. C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller, Nexus Network Journal
- Tools of the Trade: A Survey of Various Agent Based Modeling Platforms, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
- Design Guidelines for Agent Based Model Visualization, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
- Deterministic evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations, arXiv
- High-speed tracking of rupture and clustering in freely falling granular streams, Nature
- On energy transfer between vibrating systems under linear and nonlinear interactions, Nonlinear Dynamics
- Book Announcements
- Complex Sciences: First International Conference, Complex 2009, Shanghai, China, February 23-25, 2009, Springer
- Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science (v. 1-10), Springer
- A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin, Templeton Press
- The Dialectical Tragedy of the Concept of Wholeness: Ludwig von Bertalanffy's Biography Revisited, ISCE Publishing
- Reviving the Living, Volume 6: Meaning Making in Living Systems, Elsevier Science
- Links & Snippets
- Other Publications
- Conference Announcements
- Webcast Announcements
- Other Announcements
On the Origin of The Nervous System, Science
Excerpt: The nervous systems of modern animals are amazingly diverse. A few hundred nerve cells are all a lowly nematode needs to find food and a mate. With about 100,000 neurons, a fruit fly can perform aerial acrobatics, dance to woo a mate, and throw kicks and punches to repel a rival. The sperm whale's 8-kilogram brain, the largest on the planet, is the navigation system for cross-ocean travel and 1000-meter dives and enables these highly social creatures to communicate. The human brainâ"one-sixth that sizeâ"is the wellspring of art, literature, and scientific inquiry.
But how did they all get started? What did the first neurons and nervous systems look like, and what advantages did they confer on the animals that possessed them?
A Principal Component Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures, PLoS ONE
Excerpt: The impact of scientific publications has traditionally been expressed in terms of citation counts [...] a variety of new impact measures has been proposed on the basis of social network analysis and usage log data. [...] We performed a principal component analysis of the rankings produced by 39 existing and proposed measures of scholarly impact [...] some measures are more suitable than others. The commonly used citation Impact Factor is not positioned at the core of this construct, but at its periphery, and should thus be used with caution.
Origins and evolutionary genomics of the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 influenza A epidemic, Nature
Excerpts: Here we use evolutionary analysis to estimate the timescale of the origins and the early development of the S-OIV epidemic. We show that it was derived from several viruses circulating in swine, and that the initial transmission to humans occurred several months before recognition of the outbreak. (...) Our results highlight the need for systematic surveillance of influenza in swine, and provide evidence that the mixing of new genetic elements in swine can result in the emergence of viruses with pandemic potential in humans
Ferrets Shed Light on New Virus's Severity and Spread, Science
Excerpt: Now, two groups have infected ferrets with the new pandemic A(H1N1) influenza strain, and their papers, published online by Science this week, confirm what doctors around the world appear to be seeing: The new virus is a bit more pathogenic than seasonal influenza but nowhere near as dangerous as the 1918 pandemic virus or H5N1 avian influenza. The studies disagree, however, on how easily the virus spreads: One team concludes that it does so very well, but the other believes that it's only moderately adept at jumping from one animal to the next, or, for that matter, between humans.
Complexity, A Guided Tour, PlexusCalls
Summary: Complex Systems Scholar Melanie Mitchell discusses her new book, Complexity: A Guided Tour, with physicist Mark Buchanan
Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything, TED.com
About this talk: Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.
Jared Diamond on why societies collapse, TED.com
About this talk: Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Mind the Gap! [Book review], PLoS Biol
Excerpt: As a number of contributors argue in the book Protocells: Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter (edited by Steen Rasmussen, Mark A. Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, Norman H. Packard, and Peter F. Stadler), life on Earth may have descended from primordial globules formed in the primitive oceans. This thick volume collects papers by 31 authors that were presented at two different international workshops, in which theoretical and experimental models of protocells were analyzed in considerable detail.
The Role of Stromal Stem Cells in Tissue Regeneration and Wound Repair, Science
Abstract: The process of wound repair in epithelium-lined organs of mammals is complex and is influenced by numerous secreted factors including cytokines, growth factors, and chemokines. However, the cellular organizers of this process are still not understood. Recent studies of tissue regeneration in organisms with simpler development have uncovered details about the activity of stem cells in the mesenchyme (the blastema) during this process. These blastemal cells are well positioned to interpret cues from the environment and to execute decisions about the direction of wound repair. In mammalian wounds, stromal stem cells appear to be positioned to perform functions similar to those of blastemal cells, including communication with both the overlying epithelium and the inflammatory cells in the mesenchyme.
The Increasing Complexity of the Cancer Stem Cell Paradigm, Science
Abstract: The investigation and study of cancer stem cells (CSCs) have received enormous attention over the past 5 to 10 years but remain topics of considerable controversy. Opinions about the validity of the CSC hypothesis, the biological properties of CSCs, and the relevance of CSCs to cancer therapy differ widely. In the following commentary, we discuss the nature of the debate, the parameters by which CSCs can or cannot be defined, and the identification of new potential therapeutic targets elucidated by considering cancer as a problem in stem cell biology.
Growth Factors, Matrices, and Forces Combine and Control Stem Cells, Science
Abstract: Stem cell fate is influenced by a number of factors and interactions that require robust control for safe and effective regeneration of functional tissue. Coordinated interactions with soluble factors, other cells, and extracellular matrices define a local biochemical and mechanical niche with complex and dynamic regulation that stem cells sense. Decellularized tissue matrices and synthetic polymer niches are being used in the clinic, and they are also beginning to clarify fundamental aspects of how stem cells contribute to homeostasis and repair, for example, at sites of fibrosis. Multifaceted technologies are increasingly required to produce and interrogate cells ex vivo, to build predictive models, and, ultimately, to enhance stem cell integration in vivo for therapeutic benefit.
Abstract: A city with fractal structure used to be thought of as a kind of spatial chaotic attractor. Several chaotic attractors indeed can be found by simulating urbanization dynamics through numerical iterations. However, the results lend little support to the suggestion that real cities are chaotic systems. The rural-urban population interaction model does not display chaotic behavior in normal state, but chaos will happen only if the parameter values of the model deviate from the reality. Accordingly, whether or not complex urban systems are chaotic is posed as a pending question.
Can Chaos Theory Explain Complexity In Urban Fabric? Applications in Traditional Muslim Settlements, Nexus Network Journal
Abstract: The present work is a limited analysis of the traditional urban fabric of Muslim cities in the light of this theory. Chaos theory provides better instruments for the analysis and understanding of the traditional urban fabric in old Muslim cities that have, paradoxically, long been considered as lacking order and thus ï¿½chaoticï¿½ in the pejorative sense! Beyond the analysis, our study also aims at providing a fresh approach to the built environment that shifts the architectural and planning professions from the traditional design and planning approach to a self-generating process that would function and develop without need for intervention.
Glider-Guns in 3d Cellular Automata, DDLab
The 3d glider-guns are periodic structures fixed in one location, which spontaneously emerged in the dynamics from random initial states. The CA rules are identical to the k-totalistic rules -- beehive and spiral, but apply to a 3d (nearest neighbour) cubic neighbourhood. Because k-totalistic rules are symmetric -- independent of the location of values in the neighbourhood -- the glider-guns exist in each chirality and in all possible orientations. Many other structures also emerge -- gliders, compound-gliders, and mobile glider-guns, but as yet no static structures analagous to 2d eaters in the 2d spiral rule.
k=7 Spiral-rule period=8
Are complex systems hard to evolve?, Complexity
Abstract: Evolutionary complexity is measured here by the number of trials/evaluations needed for evolving a logical gate in a nonlinear medium. Behavioral complexity of the gates evolved is characterized in terms of cellular automata behavior. We speculate that hierarchies of behavioral and evolutionary complexities are isomorphic up to some degree, subject to substrate specificity of evolution, and the spectrum of evolution parameters.
Welcome to the Intelligence Age: an examination of intelligence as a complex venture emergent behavior, VINE
Excerpt: Building on previous theoretical complex venture work, this research explores the value of extending the WKIDM or âKnowledge Pyramidâ model proposed by classical SE and KM approaches. The resultant IWKIDM model builds on the insights derived from chaos and complexity theories; KM research; observations of several acquisition successes and failures; and doctoral research on agile enterprise decision support.
The Structure of Critical Care Transfer Networks, Medical Care
Excerpt: Critical care transfers are common, and traverse an informal but structured network. The centrality of a hospital is associated with increased capability in delivery of services, suggesting that existing transfers generally direct patients toward better resourced hospitals. Studies of this network promise further improvements in patient outcomes and efficiency of care.
- Source: The Structure of Critical Care Transfer Networks, Iwashyna, Theodore J. MD, PhD; Christie, Jason D. MD, MSCE; Moody, James PhD; Kahn, Jeremy M. MD, MSc; Asch, David A. MD, MBA, DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318197b1f5, Medical Care Volume 47 - Issue 7 - pp 787-793, 2009/07
Engineering Sexless Seeds as a Path to High-Yield Crops, PLoS Biol
Excerpt: Global food security is hampered by the fact that today's high-yield grains are hybrids, with seeds that fail to retain all of the desired traits, necessitating ongoing rounds of breeding and selection. In contrast, seeds produced asexually are, effectively, clones of the mother plant and so retain the desired traits, greatly streamlining their propagation. Asexual seed production (apomixis) occurs naturally in some 400 species of flowering plants, most commonly in the grass, sunflower, rose, and citrus families. However, the phenomenon is rare in commercially important crops apart from apples, mangoes, and citrus, and conventional breeding has yet to extend apomixis to other crop types.
Turning Meiosis into Mitosis, PLoS Biol
Abstract: Apomixis, or asexual clonal reproduction through seeds, is of immense interest due to its potential application in agriculture. One key element of apomixis is apomeiosis, a deregulation of meiosis that results in a mitotic-like division. We isolated and characterised a novel gene that is directly involved in controlling entry into the second meiotic division. By combining a mutation in this gene with two others that affect key meiotic processes, we created a genotype called MiMe in which meiosis is totally replaced by mitosis. The obtained plants produce functional diploid gametes that are genetically identical to their mother. The creation of the MiMe genotype and apomeiosis phenotype is an important step towards understanding and engineering apomixis.
- Source: Turning Meiosis into Mitosis, d'Erfurth I, Jolivet S, Froger N, Catrice O, Novatchkova M, et al., DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000124, PLoS Biol 7(6): e1000124, 2009/06/09
The Alliance Hypothesis for Human Friendship, PLoS ONE
Excerpt: (...) We use game theory to identify computations about friends that can increase performance in multi-agent conflicts. This analysis suggests that people would benefit from: 1) ranking friends, 2) hiding friend-ranking, and 3) ranking friends according to their own position in partners' rankings.
Geometries of Imaginary Space: Architectural Developments of the Ideas of M. C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller, Nexus Network Journal
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to show how efficient mathematical models can be in simulating situations that are apparently distant from one another. The works of M. C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller are used as starting points for the exploration of the first applications of non-Euclidean geometry to architecture. The investigation goes on to fractals and chaos, nurbs, blob architecture and deconstructivism.
Excerpt: Agent Based Modeling (ABM) toolkits are as diverse as the community of people who use them. (...) using this paper, one will be able to choose a toolkit that already exists and that may be built especially for one's particular domain and specialized needs.
Excerpt: In the field of agent-based modeling (ABM), visualizations play an important role in identifying, communicating and understanding important behavior of the modeled phenomenon. (...)This paper provides ABM visualization design guidelines in order to improve visual design with ABM toolkits.
Deterministic evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations, arXiv
Abstract: Evolutionary game dynamics describes the spreading of successful strategies in a population of reproducing individuals. Typically, the microscopic definition of strategy spreading is stochastic, such that the dynamics becomes deterministic only in infinitely large populations. Here, we introduce a new microscopic birth--death process that has a fully deterministic strong selection limit in well--mixed populations of any size. Additionally, under weak selection, from this new process the frequency dependent Moran process is recovered. This makes it a natural extension of the usual evolutionary dynamics under weak selection. We find simple expressions for the fixation probabilities and average fixation times of the new process in evolutionary games with two players and two strategies. For cyclic games with two players and three strategies, we show that the resulting deterministic dynamics crucially depends on the initial condition in a non--trivial way.
High-speed tracking of rupture and clustering in freely falling granular streams, Nature
Excerpt: Thin streams of liquid commonly break up into characteristic droplet patterns owing to the surface-tension-driven Plateauâ"Rayleigh instability. Very similar patterns are observed when initially uniform streams of dry granular material break up into clusters of grains, even though flows of macroscopic particles are considered to lack surface tension. (...) Here we demonstrate that the cluster formation is driven by minute, nanoNewton cohesive forces that arise from a combination of van der Waals interactions and capillary bridges between nanometre-scale surface asperities.
On energy transfer between vibrating systems under linear and nonlinear interactions, Nonlinear Dynamics
Abstract: The present study deals with energy transfer in a dissipative mechanical system. Numerical results are given by considering two different potentials and periodical excitation. Specifically, we show energy transfer from linear oscillator to another one, depending on initial conditions. Also, energy transfer from linear to nonlinear (energy pumping), as well as from nonlinear to linear, oscillator is analyzed, under linear and nonlinear interactions.
Complex Sciences: First International Conference, Complex 2009, Shanghai, China, February 23-25, 2009, Springer
Summary: The 227 revised full papers presented together with 23 papers from five collated workshops (COART, ComplexCCS, ComplexEN, MANDYN, SPA) were carefully reviewed and selected. The papers address the following topics: theory of art and music, causality in complex systems, engineering networks, modeling and analysis of human dynamics, social physics and its applications, structure and dynamics of complex networks, complex biological systems, complex economic systens, complex social systems, complex engineering systems, as well as complex systems methods.
Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science (v. 1-10), Springer
Summary: Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science provides an authoritative single source for understanding and applying the concepts of complexity theory together with the tools and measures for analyzing complex systems in all fields of science and engineering. The science and tools of complexity and systems science include theories of self-organization, complex systems, synergetics, dynamical systems, turbulence, catastrophes, instabilities, nonlinearity, stochastic processes, chaos, neural networks, cellular automata, adaptive systems, and genetic algorithms. Examples include: The structure, history and future of the universe; the biological basis of consciousness; the integration of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics as systems biology.
A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin, Templeton Press
Summary: Thus far, the dominant paradigms through which modern scientists have viewed nature have been structured primarily around Newtonian and Darwinian approaches. As theoretical ecologist Robert E. Ulanowicz observes in his new work, A Third Window, neither of these models is sufficient for explaining how real changeï¿½in the form of creative advance or emergenceï¿½takes place in nature. Ulanowicz offers his titular "third window"ï¿½a new way of understanding evolution and other natural processes beyond the common mechanistic or materialistic philosophies of nature.
The Dialectical Tragedy of the Concept of Wholeness: Ludwig von Bertalanffy's Biography Revisited, ISCE Publishing
Summary: The recent discovery of an archive full of personal documents of the philosopher and biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, founder of the General System Theory, paved the way for a reconsideration of important elements concerning his life and thought. This updated biography of a thinker, who is equally often cited as misjudged, takes into consideration all of his publications, his correspondence, as well as the secondary sources devoted to him, and attempts to reveal his richness and complexity to a general reader. This biography thus aims at initiating and promoting a study that is both critical and appreciative of his oeuvre.
Reviving the Living, Volume 6: Meaning Making in Living Systems, Elsevier Science
Description: Modern biology portrays living systems, from the amoeba to the human organism, as mechanical toys shaped by the brute logic of natural selection. In "Reviving the Living": Meaning Making in Living Systems, Dr. Yair Neuman challenges the dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents an alternative that avoids the pitfalls of non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism. In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Dr. Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are "meaning making" systems. Dr. Neuman delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of nature, and presents new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis). Written by a polymath, Reviving the Living is a tour-de-force in interdisciplinary research which is of high interest to any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective.
Links & Snippets
- 7th Intl Conf on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA. 09/07/10-13
- Complex Systems and Social Simulations, Budapest, Hungary, 09/07/13-24
- Second International Workshop on Nonlinear Dynamics and Synchronization (INDS'09), Klagenfurt, Austria, 09/07/20-21
- Third Annual French Complex Systems Summer School, Lyon and Paris, France, 09/07/20-08/14.
- The 19th Annual Intl Conf Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences , Milwaukee, WI USA, 09/07/23-25
- 2009 Intl Conf of the System Dynamics Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 09/07/26-30
- Swarm Cognition Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 09/07/29
- 5th Intl Conf on Fractals and Dynamic Systems in Geoscience, Townsville, Australia, 09/08/13-14
- EULAKS Summer School, Mexico City, Mexico, 09/08/17-30
- 2nd International Workshop on Guided Self-Organisation (GSO-2009), Leipzig, Germany, 09/08/18-20
- NICO Complexity Conference, Evanston, IL, USA, 09/09/1-3
- Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution 2009, Bristol, UK, 09/09/10-11
- Darwin Meets von Neumann: European Conference on Artificial Life 2009, Budapest, Hungary, 09/09/13-16
- IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems , San Francisco, California, 09/09/14-18
- 6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association, Guilford, UK, 09/09/14-18
- European Conference on Complex Systems 2009 (ECCS'09), University of Warwick, UK, 09/09/21-25
- Statistical Mechanics of Molecular and Cell Biology, 09/09/23
- EmergeNET3: Emergence and Networks, 09/09/24
- International Workshop on Natural Computing, Himeji, Japan, 09/09/23-25
- The 2009 International Conference on Adaptive & Intelligent Systems (ICAIS'09), Klagenfurt, Austria, 09/09/24-26
- Complexity Theories of Cities have come of Age, Delft Netherlands, 09/09/24-27
- IC3K 2009 - Int'l Joint Conf. on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management, Madeira, Portugal, 09/10/6-8
- Systems Chemistry II: Evolution and Systems, BalatonfÃ¼red/Lake Balaton, Hungary, 09/10/18-23
- Natural and Biomimetic Mechanosensing, Dresden, Germany, 09/10/26-28
- The 11th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2009) , Lyon, France, 09/11/03-06
- International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems (INCoS 2009) , Barcelona, Spain, 09/11/4-6
- the 9th Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Conference Complex'09 How to Manage Complexity? , Tokyo, Japan, 09/11/4-7
- CAS in the Natural and Social Sciences, AAAI Fall Symposium Arlington, VA, USA, 09/11/5-7
- Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, Venice, Italy, 09/11/12-14
- 1st Global Peter F. Drucker Forum, âManaging the Futureâ, Vienna, Austria, 09/11/19-20
- 9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications, Pisa, Italy, 09/11/30-12/02
- World Congress on Nature & Biologically Inspired Computing (NaBIC 2009), Coimbatore, India, 09/12/9-11
- 5th Biennial Convention about the philosophical, epistemological, and methodological implications of the Theory of Complexity, Havana, Cuba, 10/01/6-8
- 2nd International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2010), Valencia, Spain, 10/01/22-24
- 20th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, EMCSR 2010, University of Vienna, Austria, 10/04/6-9
- Memorial Service for Dr Gottfried Mayer, Founding Editor Complexity Digest, Taipei, Taiwan (1954-2009). Video [RM], 09/02/13
- Making Connections: In Memory and Celebration of the Life of Dr. Gottfried Mayer (1954-2009). Video [RM] [MPG], 09/02/13
- Eulogy for Gottfried Mayer by Dean LeBaron [WMV, 25 Mb], [RM, 10 Mb], 09/02/10
- Can Ants Solve Traffic Jams?, Danielle Parsons, Slatev.com, 08/07/22
- Reseau Nationale des Systemes Complexes , (in French), 2007
- World Economic Forum , Davos, Switzerland, 08/01/22-27
- TED Talks, TED Conferences LLC , since 2006
- Talking Robots: The PodCast on Robotics and AI, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 06/11/03
- Potentials of Complexity Science for Business, Governments, and the Media 2006, Budapest, Hungary, 06/08/03-05
- 6th Intl Conf on Complex Systems (ICCS), Boston, MA, 06/06/25-30
- Artificial Life X, 10th Intl Conf on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, Bloomington, IN, USA. 2006/06/03-07
- 6th Understanding Complex Systems Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, Il, 06/05/15-18
- Ralph Abraham on Complexity Digest, , Calcutta, India, 05/12/27
- An Afternoon with Michael Crichton, Washington, 05/11/06
- Illuminating the Shadow of the Future, Ann Arbor, Mi 05/09/23-25
- Open Network of Centres of Excellence in Complex Systems - Brainstorming Meeting, Paris, France 05/09/19-23
- Complexity, Science & Society Conference 2005, U. Liverpool, UK 2005/09/11-14
- ECAL 2005 - VIIIth European Conference on Artificial Life, Canterbury, Kent, UK 2005/09/5-9
- T. Irene Sanders, Executive Director and Founder, The Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy, 05/08/27, QuickTime video (10:38 min), Podcast
- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity 2005 Conference, Virtual Conference Network, St. Pete's Beach, Florida, 05/06/09-11
- Understanding Complex Systems - Computational Complexity and Bioinformatics, Virtual Conference Network, Urbana-Champaign, Il, UIUC, 05/05/16-19
- Nonlinearity, Fluctuations, and Complexity, with a celebration of the 65th birthday of Gregoire Nicolis. , Complexity Session, Universite' Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 05/03/16
- 1st European Conference on Complex Systems, Torino, Italy, 04/12/5-7
- From Autopoiesis to Neurophenomenology: A Tribute to Francisco Varela (1946-2001), Paris, France, 2004/06/18-20
- Evolutionary Epistemology, Language, and Culture, Brussels, Belgium, 04/05/26-28
- International Conference on Complex Systems 2004, Boston, 04/05/16-21
- Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: Lab Demonstrations, Strogatz, Steven H., Internet-First University Press, 1994
- CERN Webcast Service, Streamed videos of Archived Lectures and Live Events
- Dean LeBaron's Archive of Daily Video Commentary, Ongoing Since February 1998
- Edge Videos
- PhD studentships at the Institute of Complex Systems Simulation, Southampton University, UK.
There are 10 fully funded 4-year EPSRC PhD studentships available every year. We expect to admit a cohort of at least 20 students per year. Applications for October 2009 are invited now.
- Workshop Invitation
Prof. Helen Cooper (Chester University) and Prof. Robert Geyer (Lancaster University) are organising a 2 day workshop funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) entitled 'Can Complexity Improve European Health Policy?'
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together 20-25 leading academics and practitioners throughout Europe (the ESF requires that attendees be based in a EU memberstate) for an intense period of discussion and interaction to examine the potential of complexity theory and its applications to improve European health systems and policy and explore the potential for further European research projects.
The workshop will be held from 23-25 September 2009 at Lancaster University. The ESF will pay travel and accommodation expenses. The workshop themes and structure are available on the workshop website: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/politics/event/2876
If you are interested in attending please contact the workshop organiser Emilie Secker firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely, Helen Cooper and Robert Geyer
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