Dynamics of Multi-Level Systems Seminar/School — 01 - 12 June 2015 Workshop — 15 - 19 June 2015
The emergence of levels is a key feature in a variety of complex systems. Experts from different disciplines will discuss current trends in the theoretical understanding of multi-level and multi-scale systems and present applications from physics and chemistry, sociology and economics, ecology and neuroscience. Workshop topics include ● multiscale methods ● hierarchies in dynamical systems ● physics of information ● self-organization and level identification ● multilevel networks ● coarse graining ● aggregation methods
LOCATION: Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
Complex structures and behaviors spontaneously occur in a variety of simple, table-top chemical experiments. The study of these systems has surged in recent years for a variety of reasons. For example, such chemical systems are excellent laboratories for studying how "more is different." Also, many of these systems have patterns or growth processes that resemble living matter and so may be useful for understanding these more complicated systems. Finally, mastering the growth and control of these systems may lead to new technologies. This international conference seeks to bring together theorists and experimentalists on topics related to: Emergence Hierarchies Self-Construction of Complex Chemical Structures and Systems Systems Chemistry Growth Theory Hydrodynamics and the Formation of Precipitation Structures Chemical Networks Chemical Gardens Protocells Origin of Life
The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) will be holding its 3rd International Symposium on January 13-15, 2015, in Tokyo, Japan.
The main theme of ELSI's 3rd International Symposium is the fundamental question: "Is there life in the Universe, outside Earth?" We still don't know the answer, but there is a good chance that the answer will be found within our lifetime. Robotic exploration within the solar system, as well as observations of planets circling other stars, may soon give us more tentative hints, and possibly even convincing evidence, of extraterrestrial forms of life. During the 3-day symposium, we will address three questions, respectively: 1) which planets seem fit as potential cradles of life; 2) what can we say about the likely properties of more universal forms of life, different from the one specific example we know on Earth; and 3) how can we best try to find signs of life elsewhere.
The annual interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers from the academy, businesses, non profits, governments and the world at large to share insights and ideas from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence in its many forms.
May 31 – June 2, 2015 @ the Marriott Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA
Many real systems can be modeled as networks, where the elements of the system are nodes and interactions between elements are edges. An even larger set of systems can be modeled using dynamical processes on networks, which are in turn affected by the dynamics. Networks thus represent the backbone of many complex systems, and their theoretical and computational analysis makes it possible to gain insights into numerous applications. Networks permeate almost every conceivable discipline —including sociology, transportation, economics and finance, biology, and myriad others — and the study of “network science” has thus become a crucial component of modern scientific education.
The school “Complex Networks: Theory, Methods, and Applications” offers a succinct education in network science. It is open to all aspiring scholars in any area of science or engineering who wish to study networks of any kind (whether theoretical or applied), and it is especially addressed to doctoral students and young postdoctoral scholars. The aim of the school is to deepen into both theoretical developments and applications in targeted fields.
LOEWE-NeFF and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) jointly invite you to a “Workshop on Neural Information Dynamics, Causality and Computation near Criticality” December 12-13th, 2014
The workshop is preceded by a “Software course on Neural Information Dynamics with TRENTOOL, the Java Information Dynamics Toolkit and MuTE” December 10-11th, 2014.
Venue: Workshop and student course will be held at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS, www.fias.uni-frankfurt.de), Ruth-Moufang-Straße 1, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany.
The workshop addresses the analysis of neural computation in large neural systems and covers three tightly related topics in the field of modern analysis of neural data:
- Neural information dynamics
- Large scale organisation and criticality
The supporting software course addresses young scientists who intend to apply information theoretic measures for neuroscience hands on, and that would like to contribute code to one of the open source toolboxes on the topic.
For millennia people have wondered what makes the living different from the non-living. Beginning in the mid-1980s, artificial life has studied living systems using a synthetic approach: build life in order to understand it better, be it by means of software, hardware, or wetware. This review provides a summary of the advances that led to the development of artificial life, its current research topics, and open problems and opportunities. We classify artificial life research into fourteen themes: origins of life, autonomy, self-organization, adaptation (including evolution, development, and learning), ecology, artificial societies, behavior, computational biology, artificial chemistries, information, living technology, art, and philosophy. Being interdisciplinary, artificial life seems to be losing its boundaries and merging with other fields.
COMPACT brings together scholars wishing to engage with the fundamental challenges of developing complexity-based theories, methods and practice in public administration and policy development. Previous conferences and the collaborations that arose from these resulted in a range of journal articles, special issues, books and research collaborations and projects. COMPACT III will build on these contributions in the forthcoming conference by expanding the range of perspectives from which our deliberations draw and focusing on how the theories, methods and practices are applied in specific public administration contexts. As in the past, the proceedings will be published in book form and we anticipate that selected papers will also be included in one or more special issues of the new journal, Complex Governance Networks.
Complexity, Governance and Networks conference (COMPACT III) to be held in Dublin, Ireland, in June 2015.
Call for papers The Global Brain and the Future Information Society
The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components—a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects.
Computational Dynamic Analysis of Biological Processes is one of the most challenging research areas in modern life science. Topics such as Disease Dynamics, Drug Resistance, Immune System Analysis, Emerging Mutations, Microbiome Analysis, and Biological Networks Evolution involve intriguing and still unsolved problems. On the other hand, the availability of Next Generation Sequencing and other High-throughput techniques provide a strong support for scientists working in this field. Our main and special guest lectures will address the scope focusing on algorithms, computational models, biomedical and biotechnological results on this field. From the enclosed bibliography, it appears that the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.
The goal of this workshop is to encourage the collaboration between young researchers with different backgrounds to develop new science in complex systems. Participants will present their current work and interests and begin to develop multidisciplinary projects with other participants through different activities.
Winter Workshop on Complex Systems 2015 19th - 23rd of January 2015 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
The 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015) will be held in York, United Kingdom, 20-24 July 2015, hosted by the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis at the The University of York. ECAL 2015 will be based around the theme "Embodiment, Interaction, Conversation".
The 2015 International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF 2015)，co-sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society and Xidian University, will be held from 2 to 6 June2015, in the beautiful, historic city of Xi’an, CHINA. The aim of this biennial conference is to bring together specialists in fluctuation and noise phenomena from different fields in science, engineering and business, including material, electronic and optoelectronic devices, sensors, mesoscopic systems and nanostructures, analog and digital circuits and systems, complex systems, biological and biophysical systems, social and financial systems, reliability, to address both fundamental and applies issues.
Chemical Complexity & Biology STRASBOURG 2015-01-19:20
This meeting is about the exploration of the complex systems observed in biology at the molecular level. The purpose of the meeting is to show that life is a complex phenomenon indeed and explore the theoretical and molecular aspects of this complexity. This will be addressed in two aspects : - with studies on how molecules (proteins, nucleic acids, metabolites, ...) interact in a complex interaction network and how the structural and spatial organization of the interactants may control the kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of these interactions. - with examples of the large complex biophysics measurements typically found in the study of real biological problems and how to model and handle them. There are a lot of convergence on these aspects between supramolecular chemistry and biochemistry, on measure and big-data, on modeling and mathematical analysis etc. The purpose of the meeting is to invite scientists from various fields in order to have a rich and fruitful discussion on these topics, and to show to the communities of biologists, chemists and analysts, the links which exist between all these approaches.
Summer School, Vienna, July 6-17 2015 (univie: summer schools (USS-SWC))
The Computational Turn. Simulation in Science
Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth) Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia) Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto)
Computational methods now play a central role in many areas of science and engineering ranging from astrophysics through the social sciences to the design and production of artifacts. Computational chemistry, computational biology, computational neuroscience, artificial life, artificial markets - the list is long and growing. Although not everything about these methods is revolutionary, they have nonetheless had a revolutionary impact of many aspects of our lives, from the way we design aircraft to trading in financial markets. Consequently they require us to rethink central topics in the philosophy and sociology of science and technology, such as the limits of human knowledge, the distribution of expertise in research teams, whether these methods are truly cross-disciplinary and if so what conclusions should we draw from that, and the relation between simulations and experiments. In a number of areas, such as complex micro-economic systems as well as high energy physics, the methods hold out the promise of greatly expanding the scope of what can be studied. Some emphasis will be given to the history of these methods and their origins in specific disciplines but special attention will be paid to the current use and future development of computational science including the role of massive data sets, the challenges of transparency, differences in modeling techniques between the natural and social sciences, and the relation between technological and scientific advances. The program is designed to appeal to scholars from a broad range of disciplines, and some sessions will be led by more than one lecturer to take advantage of their different but overlapping areas of expertise.
Computational approaches in natural and social sciences Simulations and models: exploration, explanation and prediction Computational models versus experimentation Idealization and representation Model validation and verification Micro foundations in natural and social sciences Social epistemology and network analysis History of the computational turn Challenges: replication, transparency Data Epistemological consequences of the computational turn
As an international interdisciplinary program, USS-SWC will bring graduate students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. It will operate under the academic supervision of an International Program Committee of distinguished philosophers, historians, and scientists. The program is directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of their career who wish to broaden their horizon through cross-disciplinary foundational issues in science.