Category: Conferences

CCS2018 Satellite. ReACT#3: Robustness, Adaptability and Critical Transitions in Living Systems #3.

Deadline 28/06. Register your abstract soon! 
After the success of the Satellite at ECCS 2014 and CCS 2016, we would like to propose a follow-up Satellite always focusing on Robustness, Adaptability and Critical Transitions in Living Systems 

Living systems are characterized by the recurrent emergence of patterns: power-laws distributions, long-range correlations and structured self-organization in living matter are the norm, rather than the exception. All these features are also typical of thermo-dynamical systems poised near a critical point. The great lesson from physics is that criticality can emerge as a collective behaviour in a many-body system with simple (e.g. pairwise) interactions and its characteristics depend only on few details like the dimensionality or symmetries. 

In a statistical-mechanics approach, it is fundamental to determine the order parameter, which characterizes the different system phases. This is a crucial step to obtain the key ingredients needed to formulate a modeling framework, so as to obtain a better understanding of the system’s macroscopic behaviour. However, the understating of biological/social systems needs more than a mere generalization of the standard statistical mechanics approach. 

One of the most striking feature of living systems is that they are structured as evolving systems were interactions can turn-on or off, as well as strengthening and weakening, reconfiguring the system connectivity. Thus, by rearranging both the structural and functional topology, living interacting systems may demonstrate unique evolvability, scalability and adaptability properties. 

It is of crucial importance to make further steps in the understanding of the main properties that simultaneously confer to these systems high level of both adaptability and robustness. If we can “learn” from evolution, then we would be able to both better manage/supervise these systems and also design more optimal and sustainable new systems. 

Relevance to the conference main tracks 

1. Foundations of Complex Systems* (Complex networks, self-organization, nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics, mathematical modeling, simulation) 

2. Biological Complexity* (Biological networks, system biology, evolution, natural science, medicine and physiology)


UrbanSys 2018

Following a series of successful satellites organised at previous ECCS/CCS events, (UrbanNet2013 at ECCS13, CitiNet 2014 at ECCS14, UrbanNet2015 at NetSci 2015, UrbanNet2016 at CCS2016 and UrbanSys2017 at CCS2017), the objective of the UrbanSys2018 satellite of CCS2018 is to create a space for exchanging state-of-the-art results and innovative ideas on how to address the problems and opportunities opened by smart cities through complex systems theory and methodologies. In this sense, we have launched a call for contributions for the satellite. Particular attention will be devoted to new data-driven approaches for improving the planning and management of urban infrastructures, including land use, transportation, energy and tourism planning, to mention some examples.


Complex Systems for the Most Vulnerable, Satellite @CCS18

In recent years, research efforts addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations — from those with low incomes to children, women and other minorities — have started to draw the attention of the scientific community. Notable examples in this space are the Data for Development and Data For Refugees challenges, organized by Orange and TurkTelecom respectively. However, the gap between the academic world and the organizations that could use the proposed methods and insights for their programmatic purposes is still wide. This satellite workshop, organized by UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, aims at focusing the attention of the Complex System scientific community on the pressing issues that affect the most vulnerable. In addition, this will be a venue to showcase the most relevant theoretical and operational work in complex systems research — where the challenges of the most vulnerable are a core component.


Conference on Complex Systems CCS2018 Satellite Meeting
"Complex Systems for the Most Vulnerable"
Thessaloniki, 27 September 2018


Complex Networks Winter Workshop

The Complex Networks Winter Workshop (CNWW) is a week-long international school that offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to engage in rigorous transdisciplinary complexity science research alongside some of the top researchers in the field of networks. The CNWW is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals.


Québec City, Québec, December 15-21, 2018.


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Innovation, Economic Complexity and Economic Geography Workshop

The workshop aims to bring together experienced researchers with young scholars in the fields of Innovation, Economic Complexity and Economic Geography to understand knowledge accumulation and spillovers through products, people and places. Those interested in interdisciplinary research, especially bridging a gap between these topics are strongly encouraged to apply.  Complementary to the workshops provided there will also be young scholar presentations where the invited speakers will provide feedback in their respective relevant sessions. 


August 5-7, 2018
MIT Media Lab, E14 – 633
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA