The journal Applied Network Science is intended to focus on applied research benefiting from or using network science. The breadth of areas where network science is being used continues to increase and is far from reaching its peak. Annual meetings on network science continue to attract a diverse crowd—from physicists to urban planners; from computer scientists to art historians. These works contribute to the body of knowledge of applications which can benefit from network science. We have set the scope of this journal to be on “applied” work exactly to highlight the multi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of the journal. We encourage contributions from diverse fields as long as the contributions are not solely theoretical. Papers should clearly indicate how the concepts proposed can be applied to practical, real-world problems. Note that we are open to papers with theoretical results, but there should be a clear indication in the body of the work about the applied impact of the proposed theory. Our first submissions are currently being reviewed and we expect a quick turn-around. Many other submissions are being prepared. We invite you to submit your work to demonstrate the world-wide applicability of network science.
Hocine Cherifi and Ronaldo Menezes Editors-in-Chief
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has an open call for postdoctoral fellowships to start in March 1st, 2017. Candidates should have obtained a PhD degree within the last three years and be under 36 years, both to the date of the beginning of the fellowship.
The Quantum and Complexity Science Initiative is currently seeking a number of research fellows for interdisciplinary research in quantum and complexity science. The positions are ideal for quantum information theorists interested in adapting their knowledge to complex systems, and complexity theorists who wish to generalize their work to the quantum regime.
In order to improve our intuitive understanding of the complex dynamics in human economy, sociology and the life sciences, a depository of games and educational simulations is being expanded at http://www.bcv.cee.usb.ve/juegos.php (a special multilingual website sponsored by the Central Bank of Venezuela and the University Simon Bolivar). Links to appropriate resources, submission of new material to the site, and suggestions and recommendations for its improvement are requested. The website will serve, among others, UNESCO-Unitwin-CD-DC educational activities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Complex Systems Society (CSS) promotes the Junior Scientific Award to recognize the scientific career of CSS members. It will be awarded to a maximum of two young researchers (up to seven years after PhD completion) who have achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS.
There is no doubt that humankind has changed the face of the planet fundamentally, and this has now a name: the age of the Anthropocene. However, the question is, whether we should be proud or concerned about it, and how long it will last.
From Communism 2.0 to Capitalism 2.0: Tackling the Anthropocene Challenges By Dirk Helbing
The Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS.indiana.edu), jointly with the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI.iu.edu), has two open postdoctoral positions on the characterization and modeling of complex systems. The appointments start in Fall 2016 for one year and are renewable for another year, subject to funding and performance. The salary is competitive and benefits are generous.
The postdocs will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team that includes computer, physical, and cognitive scientists. The postdocs will work with Prof. Santo Fortunato on various areas of complex systems research, including community detection in networks, computational social science (opinion dynamics, online experiments on social influence) and science of science (citation and collaboration patterns between scientists, impact dynamics).
The increasing complexity cities face calls for a different way of City Making, one that combines top-down management with bottom-up social innovation. The STW-funded Participatory City Making project considers the collaborative construction of new visions through small-scale experimenting as a way of triggering a process of broader change and transformation. The project explores methods and intervention strategies for participatory city making, and aims to take smart city activities a step further than the generalised smart city ‘visions’ by bringing together theories from (participatory) design research and transition management as well as perspectives from design thinking and system thinking. We are seeking two excellent, motivated, and ambitious post-docs who are willing to join forces and develop with other researchers an arsenal of new tools enabling heterogeneous stakeholders to participate actively, as well as to explore the collaborative envisioned potential and articulate their own role in the new city making process. Post-doc 1 will uncover the unique governance perspective in participatory city making and will take a central role in developing the framework, incorporating contributions from partners, and providing guidelines for the tools. Post-doc 2 will focus on the outcomes of the research through the design approach as well as on the value of prototyping for systemic change.
The YRNCS mobility grants aim to foster interdisciplinary collaborations within the broader Complex Systems community. The aim of these grants is to fund young researchers who have already started collaborating with other young researchers in different institutions on topics that do not belong to their main research lines. This is meant to encourage cross-disciplinary and creative research on both sides.
This Assistant professor (A/P) position will be within the Computational Science Laboratory (CSL), Informatics Institute, Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. This research driven laboratory concentrates on novel ways to model and simulate the highly complex world around us. CSL consists of a truly multi- and cross disciplinary team of researchers spanning fields as diverse as finance, biology, medicine and computer science. Within the laboratory there is a growing need and interest in the foundations of Complex Adaptive Systems, the chair of Prof. Peter M.A. Sloot.
The ISI Foundation (http://www.isi.it) is seeking to appoint two talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to undertake research activities related to develop computational topology approaches to the analysis of neuroimaging data within the scope of the recently-funded AdnD project. The ADnD (“Algebraic-topological Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases“) project is a highly multidisciplinary project that aims to develop, implement and validate a set of novel theoretical topology-inspired tools for the detection and analysis of brain activity patterns, able to capture functional and physical distributed (or mesoscale) coordination patterns. The project focuses mainly on Parkinson’s Disease, but its insights are expected to be valuable across a range of normal and neurodegenerative conditions, thanks to its symbiosis data-driven approaches, complex systems and computational topology tools, and computational mesoscopic modelling. Duties of the researches will range from experimental studies to theoretical and methodological work including the development and testing of computational algorithms.
A fully-funded postdoctoral fellow position is available in the area of decentralised cognitive processing for autonomous multi-agent systems (e.g., swarm robotics system). The position is open within the DICE project (Distributed Cognition Engineering, http://laral.istc.cnr.it/dice-project), with starting date as early as March 2016 (flexible).
The applicant will study cognitive processing in distributed systems resulting from the interaction among the autonomous agents constituting the system. From a theoretical point of view, the research project requires the identification and characterisation of the population-level dynamics that describe the system behaviour. From a practical point of view, the project requires the design of implementation strategies for multi-agent systems (e.g., swarm robotics systems) in order to precisely reproduce the desired macroscopic dynamics. The candidate will focus on problems involving collective decision-making and categorization. Analytical, modelling and programming skills are required, as the research will involve both theoretical investigations and experimental studies with swarms of robots (Kilobots).
The deadline for submitting applications is January the 20th, 2016. The notice of selection and the procedure to be followed for submitting applications is available at the following address: http://www.istc.cnr.it/vacancy/assegno-di-ricerca-n°-2262015-modelli-teorici-e-simulazioni-multi-agente-di-processi-cogniti
Research subjects of particular interest are: agent-based, multi-level, and/or evolutionary game theoretical models of social processes; artificial societies; social technologies; real-time measurement of socio-economic activities; measurement of social capital; methods and technologies to create collective awareness; reputation and incentive systems; innovative financial and socio-economic systems; qualified money; Blockchain technologies; sharing economy; Virtual Reality; collective intelligence; digital societies; resilient societies; ethical and value-sensitive ICT; responsible innovation; design for emergence and values. Candidates should have an interest in supporting the visions and goals of the FuturICT and Nervousnet projects (see nervousnet.info, www.futurict.eu and the related facebook, twitter and vimeo pages).
MSc Network Science, run jointly by the School of Mathematical Sciences and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the Russell's Group Queen Mary University of London is now accepting applications for the 2016/2017 entry. This is a specialist masters in network science and mathematical modelling of complex systems, along with the principal analytical, numerical and data analysis methodologies. This MSc will open to students a host of career opportunities in modelling of complex systems, networks and data science related industries that require such specialist knowledge and skills. Internship possibilities available in a selection of world leading companies in London and Paris, as well as PhD opportunities in the complex systems & networks group.
The Complex Systems Society (CSS) promotes the Senior Scientific Award to recognize the scientific career of CSS members. It will be awarded to a scientist member of the CSS who has achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS.
EON is seeking applications for grants of up to US$50,000 to support internationally collaborative research projects on the topic of the origins of life. The purpose of these grants is to support innovative high-risk/high-reward research projects, accomplishable during short periods of time (from 1 to 9 months) to be worked on by a team of two or more members or more, and addressing any of the main questions of the EON project: – How did life arise on Earth? – How common is life in the universe? – What fundamental principles explain the emergence of life? We welcome Seed Grant projects to be carried out at ELSI where office space and laboratory facilities for many types of study are available. ELSI is a unique institution, chartered to study the origin of the Earth and the origin of Life as interconnected processes. EON is supported by the John Templeton Foundation and was initiated to link the global Origins of Life research community, build a shared research framework that integrates its many technical aspects, and train the next generation of origins researchers.
This degree will provide you with the expertise to model, analyse and design resilient technological, socio-economic and socio-ecological systems as well as develop strategies for crisis forecasting and management.
The Movement Ecology Cluster is a joint venture of the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Society to decode the general mechanisms and principles of movement and collective behavior from the cellular to the population level. For this cluster, the University of Konstanz is filling as soon as possible 3 Full Professor (W-3) positions:
The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science (http://beyond.asu.edu ), the School of Life Sciences (http://sols.asu.edu ), and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (http://cidse.engineering.asu.edu ) at Arizona State University invite applications for a postdoctoral research position investigating mechanisms of emergent computation in collective-decision making by eusocial insects. The anticipated research will combine techniques from information theory as applied to complex systems with experimental work on collective-decision making in nest-site selection by laboratory colonies of Temnothorax crevice-dwelling ants. The project is a collaboration between the groups of Sara Imari Walker (www.emergence.asu.edu ), Stephen C. Pratt (http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/ ) and Theodore P. Pavlic (http://www.tedpavlic.com/ ). The position is primarily theoretical, but there is opportunity to conduct experimental work.
Society is not a machine. It cannot be steered like a car. Interaction - and the resulting complex dynamics of the system - changes everything. We know this, for example, from spontaneous breakdowns of traffic flow. Even if we could read the minds of all drivers, such "phantom traffic jams" could not be prevented. But there is a way to prevent them, based on the use of suitable driver assistant systems: distributed control approaches, using knowledge from complexity science.
At the Chair of Systems Design, we apply complex systems theory to model and to understand the dynamics of social, socio-technical and socio-economic systems. Our approach is inherently quantitative and combines expertise from various disciplines – statistical physics, applied mathematics, computer science, social science and engineering. We are currently looking for Postdoctoral candidate to fill in a teaching and research position starting as soon as possible or by agreement.
People increasingly understand that the digital economy is not a zero-sum game. In the area of the Internet of Things, Google has engaged in open innovation, and it recently made its Tensorflow Artificial Intelligence software open source. Tesla Motors has opened up many of its patents, and many billionaires have recently promised to donate large sums of money for good. So, we see many signs of change. The benefit of open information exchange is becoming increasingly evident. Sharing information often increases the value of information, inventions, and companies. If properly organized, the digital economy provides almost unlimited possibilities because intangible goods can be reproduced as often as we like. In fact, more and more money will be earned in virtual worlds. This relates not just to computer games; Bitcoin has even shown that bits can be transformed into gold. Almost nobody believed that this were possible. So, the only question is when Europe will finally make use of the fantastic opportunities afforded by the digital revolution. We are entering a digital age that increasingly frees itself of material limitations. I find this absolutely fascinating!
Climate Change And Resource Shortages: HOW WE CAN SAVE LIBERALISM AND THE WORLD
An Interview with Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich and TU Delft)
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