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Introduction to Complexity Complexity, SFI's MOOC

Introduction to Complexity Complexity, SFI's MOOC | CxAnnouncements | Scoop.it

Enrollment for Introduction to Complexity will be available on September 30, 2013, at which time the course will begin and the course materials will be available. You may enroll at any time during the course (September 30 - December 13, 2013). 

 

http://www.complexityexplorer.org

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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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Motter Group Postdoctoral/Research Faculty Positions @Northwestern

Prof. Motter has postdoctoral positions open in the broad area of complex systems and networks. Applications for research faculty positions may also be considered.
Research currently pursued in the group includes the modeling of network dynamical processes in physical and biological systems; network rescue and control; cascading failures; network synchronization; network structure beyond communities; applications to the physics of cancer, power transmission networks, and the design of new materials.

 

http://dyn.phys.northwestern.edu/positions_postdoc.html

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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 March, 2014 (with a close deadline!). 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/2013/07/postdoctoral-fellowships-at-unam.html

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EPJ Nonlinear Biomedical Physics

EPJ Nonlinear Biomedical Physics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal for the dissemination of knowledge about the applications of nonlinear dynamics and complexity-inspired integrative systems science, to the quantitative modeling and understanding of how structure, function and/or dysfunctions and diseases, often concomitantly, emerge in complex biomedical matter, systems and processes. The focus will be on the application-driven development of theoretical, experimental and computational techniques. This includes the development of relevant methodologies, instrumentation, and related advanced technology.

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Ludwig von Bertalanffy PhD Scholarship

Call for Ludwig von Bertalanffy PhD Scholarship applications 2013

This call is open until 31st of October 2013.

 

The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), Vienna, offers a scholarship for the support of work in systems science leading to a PhD-degree at an Austrian university.

 

The Ludwig von Bertalanffy PhD Scholarship is intended to enable a PhD student to carry out a dissertation project that contributes to the advancement of systems sciences.

The BCSSS will provide an inspiring work environment available to the student and help the junior scientist focus on the project.

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orgcomplexity.com

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This blog is home to those not put aback by the complexity inherent to healthcare. This is a site for the complexity as well as system science relishers.
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this is a complex topic!

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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Social Network Analysis @ETHZurich

The Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zurich (www.gess.ethz.ch ) invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship in Social Network Analysis. The position is part of the interdisciplinary Behavioral Studies Section and open to applications from all scientific disciplines.

The candidate should have an internationally recognized track record in Social Network Analysis and be able to build and sustain a strong research program. Furthermore, he or she should document an ability to teach effectively and be clearly committed to doing research in an interdisciplinary environment. The new professor will be expected to teach undergraduate level courses (in German or English) and graduate level courses (in English) within the scope of the required electives in the humanities and social sciences. ETH Zurich offers an environment that expects and supports high quality teaching and research.

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Constructed Complexities

Complexity theory and social constructionism are two important meta-theories that have evolved from very different worldviews and knowledge bases. Yet, there are some important similarities between the core arguments of the two meta-theories and these similarities are largely neglected in methodological debates. In essence, both meta-theories reject reductionist, time, space and relationship-free analyses of positivist or Newtonian social science.

While social constructionism reveals existence of multiple realities and viewpoints, history and context dependence of reality and the role of social embeddedness; complexity theory studies heterogeneous populations and the role of stochasticity, path-dependence of processes, the role of interactions and interdependencies and properties of social networks.

This project aims to initiate an international network of scholars working together to identify conflicts or differences as well as links and similarities between complexity theory and social constructionism. The network will also aim to develop a lingua franca through which some stability could be imposed on the terms in which social scientists debate these matters, so that scholars from different disciplines, in particular the early career researchers, could find their way around over crowded terminology.

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Frontiers in Neurorobotics | Research Topics

Frontiers in Neurorobotics Research Topic: "Intrinsic motivations and open-ended development in animals, humans, and robots"

 

The aim of this Research Topic for Frontiers in Neurorobotics and Frontiers in Cognitive Science is to present state-of-the-art research, whether theoretical, empirical, or computational investigations, on open-ended development driven by intrinsic motivations. The topic will address questions such as: How do motivations drive learning? How are complex skills built up from a foundation of simpler competencies? What are the neural and computational bases for intrinsically motivated learning? What is the contribution of intrinsic motivations to wider cognition?

 

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Now is an important moment in the study of intrinsically motivated open-ended development, requiring contributions and integration across a large number of fields within the cognitive sciences. This Research Topic aims to contribute to this effort by welcoming papers carried out with ethological, psychological, neuroscientific and computational approaches, as well as research that cuts across disciplines and approaches. Original research advancing specific aspects of the state-of-the art and review/theoretical papers aiming to systematize the field are both suitable for this Topic.

 

Topic Editors:

Gianluca Baldassarre, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Andrew Barto, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Marco Mirolli, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Italy
Peter Redgrave
Richard M. Ryan, University of Rochester, USA
Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

 

Deadline for full article submission: 21 May 2013

Extended deadline for full article submission: 21 Jun 2013

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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Systems Pharmacology, UCSF

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Systems Pharmacology
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

 

The UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Expertise in systems pharmacology is preferred. 

http://bts.ucsf.edu/careers/

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Global Multi-Level Analysis of the ‘Scientific Food Web'

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We introduce a network-based index analyzing excess scientific production and consumption to perform a comprehensive global analysis of scholarly knowledge production and diffusion on the level of continents, countries, and cities.

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From Politics and Finance to Power Grids and Products: Addressing Complexity in the Interconnected World

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From Politics and Finance to Power Grids and Products: Addressing Complexity in the Interconnected World
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

 

Dan Braha, PhD
Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division

 

Date: February 11, 2013
Time: Noon - 1 p.m. EDT
Free and open to all

 

About the Presentation
How can we manage the financial crisis? How do civil unrest, religion, and rumors spread, and how is that related to epidemics and earthquakes? Can human behavior and societal systems be studied in the same way as biological systems and complex man-made systems?

In this webinar, Dr. Dan Braha will demonstrate how the field of complexity research provides clues to these intriguing questions. He will focus on why and how complex socio-economic systems evolve and why these large scale engineering systems fail and offer guidelines that can be applied across industries and organizations around the world.

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Infographic: The Incredible Growth of Web Usage [1984-2013]

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In the three decades since the Internet evolved from an experimental band of academic and government computer systems into a globe-spanning network of interconnected systems, the amount of time spent online has grown to rival (or even exceed) the time spent living offline. Personal computers, tablets and smartphones have made the connected life a reality, and the number of folks pursuing it has exploded.

 

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Andrew Earnshaw's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:23 PM

Yes, I too can remember when there wasn't an Internet. Is there an application that's not yet been produced. What next will we all wonder how we did without ?

Al Marqz's curator insight, September 27, 2013 7:14 PM

La humanidad en bloque ha optado por la gran Red y de ésta, por las redes sociales... ¡Larga vida a la web!

Pallab Kakoti's curator insight, April 16, 2014 7:44 AM

The rise & rise of web usage is one of the most unifying & reformative development to have impacted on a global scale. An insightful info-graphic that offers a unique purview from the inception days of internet to the latest trend of app usage estimating an annual revenue of $24 billion.

 

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PyCX 0.3 Now Available

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The PyCX Project aims to develop an online repository of simple, crude, yet easy-to-understand Python sample codes for dynamic complex systems simulations, including iterative maps, cellular automata, dynamical networks and agent-based models.

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Open Economics Principles

Economic research is based on building on, reusing and openly criticising the published body of economic knowledge. Furthermore, empirical economic research and data play a central role for policy-making in many important areas of our economies and societies.
Openness enables and underpins scholarly enquiry and debate, and is crucial in ensuring the reproducibility of economic research and analysis. Thus, for economics to function effectively, and for society to reap the full benefits from economic research, it is therefore essential that economic research results, data and analysis be openly and freely available, wherever possible.

 

http://openeconomics.net/principles/

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Special Issue: Entropy Methods in Guided Self-Organization

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The goal of Guided Self-Organization (GSO) is to leverage the strengths of self-organization while still being able to direct the outcome of the self-organizing process. GSO typically has the following features: (i) an increase in organization (structure and/or functionality) over some time; (ii) the local interactions are not explicitly guided by any external agent; (iii) task-independent objectives are combined with task-dependent constraints.

A number of attempts have been made to formalize aspects of GSO within information theory, thermodynamics and dynamical systems. However, the lack of a broadly applicable mathematical framework across multiple scales and contexts leaves GSO methodology incomplete. Devising such a framework and identifying common principles of guidance are the main themes of the GSO workshops.

Of particular interest are well-founded, but general methods for characterizing GSO systems in a principled way, with the view of ultimately allowing them to be guided toward pre-specified goals. In general, various entropy methods drawing from, and overlapping with, information theory, thermodynamics, nonlinear dynamics and graph theory are relevant, while quantifying complexity and its sources is a common theme.

 

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2014

http://www.mdpi.com/journal/entropy/special_issues/self-organization

See also http://prokopenko.net/cfp13.html ;

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Human agency and the node

According to Anthony Giddens (1979), human agency must include an acting subject that deals with action linearly. Sound simple, huh? In this duality of structure, on the most basic level people make up society but are inherently constrained by it (Giddens, 1979). Social interaction is strongly linked this unavoidable embeddedness of the individual within a (social) system (Giddens, 1979). But in Giddens’ writing, I find his musings around power most interesting.

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Discrete Dynamics Lab, June 2013 update

Discrete Dynamics Lab, June 2013 update | CxAnnouncements | Scoop.it

Network (and jump) graph nodes contract down to 1 pixel -- improving the scolling tube for large 1d networks, improvements to enlarged DDLab window layout, load/save ascii seed files.
The Derrida plot (described in EDD#22) is usually applied as an order-chaos measure for large RBN in the context of models of genetic regulatory networks, but it also provides Liapunov-like insights into CA rules. New options allow automatic plots of sets of rules in ascending decimal order, filtering out equivalent binary rcode and tcode, and listing equivalence classes and rule clusters.

For Null Boundary Conditions, inputs beyond the network's edges are held at a constant value of zero. All DDLab functions can now be easily switched between Periodic and Null. Null boundaries are of interest in pattern recognition, and where the system is grounded or quenched, or bounded by an edge, skin or membrane.
The new 2d hex/triangular neighborhoods for k3 and k4 permit investigating the dynamics on these simpler lattices, with many instances of complexity.

 

http://www.ddlab.com

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Big Data Drives 'National Day Of Civic Hacking'

Nationwide hackathon this weekend encourages coders to use publicly available data to tackle problems ranging from poverty to poultry handling.
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Special Issue “Physics of Information”

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2013

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Six tenure-track researcher positions at Chemistry Institute, UNAM

In the following areas:

1. Phisicochemistry
2. Biomacromolecules
3. Natural products
4. Organic chemistry
5. Inorganic chemistry
6. Analysis and material study of art and cultural works.

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Math:Rules - Strange Attractors

I wanted to create a series of pictures representing mathematical shapes on white background, like a "tribute to mathematics" that I often use in my work. I chose the "strange attractors" for their dynamic forms and "chaotic feel".
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Metaknowledge Network: Postdocs and Programmers

Metaknowledge research is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that blends Big Data, complex systems methods, and computational social science with sociological, anthropological, historical, and philosophical approaches in order to develop “knowledge about knowledge.”

 

Postdocs positions:

http://www.ci.uchicago.edu/about/jobs.php#pd-metanet

http://www.ci.uchicago.edu/about/jobs.php#pd-prog-nsf

 

Programmer positions:

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Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:44 PM

Big Data is getting bigger and bigger!

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CFP: Springer CASM Special Issue on Modeling Large-scale Communication Networks

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