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Human Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal

The journal Human Computation provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the electronic publication and print archiving of high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of human computation. There are no author fees and all published papers are freely available online.

 

http://hcjournal.org

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Modeling Complex Systems for Public Policies – a book project

The Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) – a Brazilian think-tank linked to the government – is making a request for proposals for eight IDB consultants to contribute with chapters to a seminal book on Complex Systems applied to Public Policies. On one hand, the project aims at pushing forward the modeling frontier, its methodologies and applications for the case of Brazil. On the other hand, the project pursues actual improvement on the understanding of public policies’ mechanisms and effects, through complex systems’ tools and concepts.
The book encompasses five broad themes: (1) concepts and methods; (2) computational tools; (3) public policy phenomena as complex systems (specifically: society, economics, ecology and the cities); (4) applied examples in the world and its emergence in Brazil; and (5) possibilities of prognosis, scenarios and policy-effect analysis using complex systems tools.
The consultant is expected to deliver a proposed extended summary, a preliminary version to be discussed in a seminar in Brazil (July-September 2014) and the final version of the chapter.


http://www.ipea.gov.br/portal/index.php/?option=com_content&view=article&id=21745&Itemid=5

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we're hiring | ESSENCE – Marie Curie Initial Training Network

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Six pre-doctoral fellowships (Edinburgh/Trento/Barcelona/Madrid)

 

The ESSENCE (Evolution of Shared SEmaNtics in Computational Environments, www.essence-network.eu) Marie Curie Initial Training Network is offering six Early-Stage Researcher (pre-doctoral) positions, to start in September 2014. The application deadline for these posts is 24th April 2014.

 

This is a rare opportunity to be involved in a highly prestigious European training network for outstanding applicants in an emergent and important research area, led by internationally leading groups in their fields!

 

ESSENCE conducts research and provides research training in various aspects of translating human capabilities for negotiating meaning to open computational environments such as the web, multi-robot systems, and sensor networks. The network will support 15 pre- and post-doctoral fellows who will work toward a set of different research projects within this overall theme, ranging from symbol grounding and ontological reasoning to game-theoretic models of communication and crowdsourcing.

 

ESSENCE involves a top-quality consortium of internationally leading research institutions which will act as hosts for the following projects in the current recruitment round:

 

Early-Stage Researchers (36 months):

- Dynamic, focussed data matching (School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, UK)

-A collaborative platform for domain knowledge construction (Information Engineering and Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)

-An entity-centric crowdsourcing pipeline for large-scale up-to-date high quality knowledge (Information Engineering and Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)

-Concept Convergence: Argumentation and Agreement on Meaning (IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)

-Advanced interaction-situated semantic alignment (IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)

-Robust communication and alignment of concept extensions (playence, Madrid, Spain)

 

Early-Stage Researchers must, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers, and not yet have a doctoral degree. Research experience is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitled them to embark on a doctorate.

 

All positions are very competitively remunerated (significantly above the respective average national salaries/studentships) and aimed at outstanding candidates. Please consult the individual descriptions of projects at 

http://www.essence-network.eu/hiring for detailed salary information.

 

Researchers can be of any nationality, though at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. (Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.)

 

The ESSENCE network aims to attract 40% females among the recruited researchers. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply and treated preferentially whenever they are equally qualified as other male candidates. The ESSENCE network will encourage flexible working hours at each host institution and/or the opportunity to work part-time from home if necessary. ESSENCE will provide specific support for female researchers in terms of targeted training events and dedicated mentoring.

 

All applicants are asked to pre-apply at http://www.essence-network.eu/hiring. Please contact Dr Michael Rovatsos (mrovatso@inf.ed.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

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Guided Self-Organisation

Typically, self-organisation (SO) is defined as the evolution of a system into an organised form in the absence of external pressures. SO within a system brings about several attractive properties, in particular, robustness, adaptability and scalability. In the face of perturbations caused by adverse external factors or internal component failures, a robust self-organising system continues to function. Moreover, an adaptive system may re-configure when required, degrading in performance “gracefully” rather than catastrophically. In certain circumstances, a system may need to be extended with new components and/or new connections among existing modules — without SO such scaling must be preoptimised in advance, overloading the traditional design process.
In general, SO is a not a force that can be applied very naturally during a design process. In fact, one may argue that the notions of design and SO are contradictory: the former approach often assumes a methodical step-by-step planning process with predictable outcomes, while the latter involves non-deterministic spontaneous dynamics with emergent features. Thus, the main challenge faced by designers of self-organising systems is how to achieve and control the desired dynamics. Erring on the one side may result in over-engineering the system, completely eliminating emergent patterns and suppressing an increase in internal organisation with outside influence. Strongly favouring the other side may leave too much non-determinism in the system’s behaviour, making its verification and validation almost impossible. The balance between design and SO is the main theme of guided self-organisation (GSO). In short, GSO combines both task-independent objectives (e.g., information-theoretic and graph-theoretic utility functions) with task-dependent constraints.


http://guided-self.org

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Liz Rykert's curator insight, March 3, 5:17 PM

Love the paradox in this. Worth digging into. 

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 3, 9:24 PM

Indeed, you must obey the laws of society and those of economics, environmental science and psychology in order to govern a world.

 

The simple rules are already in place.  The question is how do we conform to those rules so that we realize the most optimal social function for everybody?

 

This is where lawyering and traditional politiking takes a back seat, and the technical world of governing begins.

Think about it.

Colbert Sesanker's curator insight, March 25, 4:07 PM

the first in the theme of complex system control, a current fantasy 

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Complexity Explorer -- Resources

The Resources section contains annotated links to a wide variety of web-based resources related to complex systems. These include journals, conferences, tutorials, software, videos, among other types of resources that will be useful for all levels of interest.

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Postdoc, ETH Zurich

Postdoc with a strongbackground in computer science to strengthen our interdisciplinary team in the areas of Web science, Big Data analytics, smartphone platforms, and distributed computing. The goals of this project include designing a "Planetary Nervous System" that would give us a detailed real-time view of the world, crawling and analyzing web content on a large scale, and establishing a smartphone platform for gathering scientific data. The successful applicant is expected to actively interact with other team members from different disciplines and to acquire a high-level understanding of the general topics in quantitative social sciences, sociophysics, and related areas.


https://pub.refline.ch//845721/2982/++publications++/1/index.html

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Complex Adaptive Systems - Area 51 - Stack Exchange

Complex Adaptive Systems
Proposed Q&A site for economists, biologists, physicists, and anyone interested in emergent behavior.

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/64773/complex-adaptive-systems

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Luciano Lampi's curator insight, February 5, 8:16 AM

are our economists still thinking linearly? do they know emergent behavior?

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Wanted: SFI's next president

Since its founding in 1984, the Santa Fe Institute has reinvented the practice of science by creating a unique research environment that rejects disciplinary boundaries.
Here, leading theoretical scientists from many fields collaborate in search of fundamental principles that govern physical, biological, social, and informational organization at all scales.
The Institute now seeks an uncommon leader to guide this world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. Dr. Jeremy Sabloff will retire in August 2015 after serving two 3-year terms leading the Institute.


http://www.santafe.edu/news/item/president-search-announce/

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Infrastructure Complexity journal

Infrastructure Complexity aims to understand, shape and design complex systems and services that emerge from a collection of interacting physical objects and social actors in an urban environment. It aims to propel sustainable urban systems, through urban metabolism, and is rooted in the fundamental understanding of urban (infrastructure) systems and services.


http://www.infrastructure-complexity.com

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Academics Against Mass Surveillance

The signatories of this declaration call upon nation states to take action. Intelligence agencies must be subjected to transparency and accountability. People must be free from blanket mass surveillance conducted by intelligence agencies from their own or foreign countries. States must effectively protect everyone's fundamental rights and freedoms, and particularly everyone's privacy.


If you are an academic and you would like to sign the declaration, please email info (at) academicsagainstsurveillance.net
with your name, academic function and university in the subject line.

http://www.academicsagainstsurveillance.net

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How to write a scientific paper

Here is a suggestion of the components and sections that commonly go into a scientific paper. Note that none of the sections in between Introduction and References is strictly necessary: here you should adapt the scheme to your own subject and approach, and choose different headings for your sections. For example, theoretical papers will normally not have a "methodology"  or "results" section, but are likely to have a more extensive review of the literature, and development of the arguments.  

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Advice from Francis Heylighen.

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Indiana University: Asst/ Assoc/ Full Professor - Data Science

Data science applications are invited from candidates in all areas including data analytics and information extraction; data life cycle; data management, semantics, and infrastructure; data policy and security; data science foundations; and Big Data, including candidates with a record of achievement in industrial research.

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Interdependent Networks: Structure, Dynamics and Evolution, CASM special issue

Not only are our interactions limited and thus best described not by well-mixed models but rather by models entailing networks, it is also a fact that these networks are often interconnected and indeed very much interdependent. From the World economy to Google Circles, it is clear that processes taking place in one network might affect what is happening in many other networks. Within an interdependent system, each type of interaction has certain relevance or meaning, so that treating all the links identically inevitably leads to information loss. Interdependent or multiplex networks are therefore a much better description of such systems, and this Special Issue is devoted to their structure, dynamics and evolution, as well as to the study of emergent properties in multi-layered systems in general. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the spread of epidemics and information, synchronization, diffusion, random walks, collective behavior and evolutionary games on interdependent networks.

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2014

 

http://www.casmodeling.com

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Faculty Position in Complex Systems, University of Vermont

Faculty Position in Complex Systems
College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences
The University of Vermont

http://www.cems.uvm.edu/facsearch/igert.php

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Spatial dimensions and preference Survey

Spatial dimensions and preference Survey | CxAnnouncements | Scoop.it

What makes a room feel more comfortable? What makes a room feel more interesting?
Would you like to participate in an online-questionnaire and rate your preference for different virtual interiors on the basis of feelings of enclosure, exposure, comfort and complexity?
The School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle, Australia, is looking for volunteers to participate in a research project that might give you a better understanding of your own preferences for spatial dimensions of interiors.
The duration of the online-questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes and the survey can be taken at any convenient time during the following eight weeks.
If you are over the age of 18 and you would like to participate please read the Information Statement online via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8XYHQ2


Professor Michael Ostwald
School of Architecture and Built Environment University of Newcastle, Australia

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PhD Student at ETH Zurich

preferably with a background in computer science or physics for the ambitious ERC Advanced Investigator Grant "Momentum – Modeling the Emergence of Social Complexity and Order: How Individual and Societal Complexity Co-Evolve".

The Momentum project is about creating emergent social intelligence based on computational evolution and learning. It aims to model and simulate social interactions between sophisticated agents with cognitive capabilities and the resulting complex social dynamics on the macro-level, including phenomena such as self-organization, emergence of cooperation, social norms, and culture. The successful applicant will focus on the more technical, computation-related aspects, but will actively interact with the other team members and should also acquire a high-level understanding of the topic.


https://pub.refline.ch//845721/2943/++publications++/1/index.html

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Complexity Explorer -- Course Syllabi

The Course Syllabi database contains a collection of annotated links to course syllabi related to complex systems. These syllabi can be searched according to class topics, institution, instructor, education level, and several other attributes. These syllabi will be useful for instructors developing their own courses on various topics, as well as serving as guides to people who want to learn on their own.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships at UNAM

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has an open call for postdoctoral fellowships to start in September, 2014 or March, 2015. 

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 area of interests of candidates should fall within complex systems, artificial life, information, evolution, cognition, robotics, and/or philosophy.




http://complexes.blogspot.mx/2014/02/postdoctoral-fellowships-at-unam.html

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12 Faculty Positions at the Instituto de Física Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

The Instituto de Física of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) seeks exceptional candidates for tenure track positions in Theoretical or Experimental Physics starting autumn 2014.

Application deadline 2014-03-28

http://www.fisica.unam.mx/posiciones_academicas_ifunam.php

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PhD program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Since 1994, the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, has been the home of a unique cross-disciplinary Ph.D program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. The aim of this program is to create a new kind of brain behavioral scientist who will be biologically and mathematically literate, able to relate experimental data with theoretical/computational modeling and bring new ways of thinking and doing into the field of neuroscience. The courses are research oriented and consist of a core curriculum in neuroscience (including behavioral, computational and cognitive neuroscience), psychology, physics, and the mathematical concepts and tools of complex, nonlinear dynamical systems. Students learn how medical imaging techniques, laboratory research, and analytical and computational methods can be combined to offer powerful and unique insights into the human brain, its relation to mind and behavior and disorders thereof.


Applications are welcomed until February 15, 2014.
http://www.ccs.fau.edu/phd/phd-program.html

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Complexity Studies in Economics, a new course on the éToile Platform

Complexity Studies in Economics, a new course on the éToile Platform | CxAnnouncements | Scoop.it
This course is anchored on the seven main sections associated with the key Economics areas where the complex systems studies approach to economy has been known to have important influence. These sections are: Section I: A Philosophical and Methodological approach to Economy using Complexity Sciences; Section II: The structure of interaction; Section III: Macroeconomics and Growth; Section IV: Financial Markets; Section V: International and Monetary Economy Dynamics; Section VI: Regional Economic Systems; Section VII: Evolutionary Economic Dynamics. Other than discussing the literature, the students will be invited to model, implement and discuss some of the underlying mentioned models using social simulation programming libraries.
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Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education

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Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education.


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2014 Proposal Workspace - MIT Climate CoLab

In this workspace, you can submit your proposal on what you think should be done to address global climate change. Try out new ideas, connect with other members, recruit collaborators, share your work, engage support, and invite a global community to review and help develop your proposal.
This is just to get you started. When we release the 2014 round of Climate CoLab contests, you will be able to move your proposals from here to any relevant contest. 
All submissions are welcome: technologies, policies, products, public outreach campaigns, educational programs, economic models, community projects; new ideas or improvements on something that already exists; addressing climate change mitigation, adaptation, or geoengineering; local, regional, national, or global in scope.

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SFI MOOC: Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos

SFI MOOC: Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos | CxAnnouncements | Scoop.it

This course will begin on January 6, 2014.  If you are enrolled, you will receive email notification that the course has started. 
In this course you'll gain an introduction to the modern study of dynamical systems, the interdisciplinary field of applied mathematics that studies systems that change over time. 
Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

 

Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos (Winter, 2014)
Instructor: David Feldman

http://www.complexityexplorer.org/online-courses/4

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Innovation Accelerator

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University of Sydney - PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN COMPLEX CIVIL SYSTEMS

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