The workshop Complexity72h is an interdisciplinary event whose aim is to bring together young researchers from different fields of complex systems.
Inspired by the 72h Hours of Science, participants will form working groups aimed at carrying out a project in a three-day time, i.e. 72 hours. Each group’s goal is to upload on the arXiv a report of their work by the end of the event.
A team of tutors will propose the projects, and assist and guide each group in developing their project.
Alongside teamwork, participants will attend lectures from scientists coming from different fields of complex systems, and applied workshops.
The effect of ecological network structure on the dynamics, stability, and, ultimately, diversity of ecological communities has been the center of an ongoing debate in the past 45 years. Several authors hypothesized that the observed departures from random structure observed in ecological networks are therefore “adaptive”. Indeed, a common hypothesis is that biological network structure is influenced by evolution, coevolution and/or adaptation: structures yielding unfavorable dynamics would be eliminated from the space of possible networks, so that in nature we would tend to observe structures that have withstood the test of time. An alternative view is the “network spandrel” hypothesis – a nod to the famous critique of the adaptionist programme by Gould and Lewontin: deviations from randomness in biological networks are the by-product of the network assembly process, and are therefore non-adaptive. While the implications of network structure for community/population dynamics are well studied, we know very little regarding the effect of dynamics on the structure of networks. The goal of this satellite is to explore how these two alternative processes contribute to the structure of biological networks and to explore whether, and how, they can be disentangled. This debate is crucial for our understanding of network assembly in particular and for understanding processes of network optimization in nature in general. The satellite we are proposing will not only spark a new debate in biology, but is also highly relevant for other disciplines because understanding the relationship between structure and dynamics is a cornerstone of every complex adaptive system.
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The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science. The conference will be held July 22-27, 2018, in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Special Topic – Artificial Intelligence: This year’s conference will include a day on AI, including its development and potential future. This session will be chaired by Iyad Rahwan of MIT’s Media Lab.
Workshop proposal & Abstract submission deadlines: February 16, 2018
- Albert-László Barabási
- Cameron Kerry
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Stuart Kauffman
- Peter Turchin
- Olaf Sporns
- Iyad Rahwan
- Sandy Pentland
- Irving Epstein
- Simon DeDeo
- H. Eugene Stanley
- Stephen Wolfram
- César Hidalgo
- More Speakers TBA
Over recent years it has become clear in various sciences that many natural systems perform computations. Research into the properties of these natural computers remains fragmented along disciplinary boundaries between computer science, physics, engineering and biology. The objective of this meeting is to overcome the fragmentation by bringing together researchers from different fields to discuss their latest finding on natural computation.
Computation by natural systems
Theo Murphy scientific meeting organised by Dr Dominique Chu, Professor Christian Ray and Professor Mikhail Prokopenko.
March 21-22, 2018
Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ
In the last decade, network theory has been revealed to be a perfect instrument to model the structure of complex systems and the dynamical process they are involved into. The wide variety of applications to social sciences, technological networks, biology, transportation and economic, to cite just only some of them, showed that network theory is suitable to provide new insights into many problems.
Given the success of the Fourth Edition in 2017 of the Mediterranean School of Complex Networks, we call for applications to the Fifth Edition in 2018.
Salina, Sicily 1 Sep – 8 Sep 2018