NIDISC 2014 is the 17th International Workshop on Nature Inspired Distributed Computing
Held in conjunction with The 28th IEEE/ACM International Parallel and Distributed Processing (IPDPS 2014)
May 19-23, 2014 Phoenix, Arizona
Techniques based on metaheuristics and nature-inspired paradigms can provide efficient solutions to a wide variety of problems. Moreover, parallel and distributed metaheuristics can be used to provide more powerful problem solving environments in a variety of fields, ranging, for example, from finance to bio- and health-informatics.
This workshop seeks to provide an opportunity for researchers to explore the connection between metaheuristics and the development of solutions to problems that arise in operations research, parallel computing, telecommunications, and many others. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Nature-inspired methods (e.g. ant colonies, GAs, cellular automata, DNA and molecular computing, local search, etc) for problem solving environments.Parallel and distributed metaheuristics techniques (algorithms, technologies and tools).Applications combining traditional parallel and distributed computing and optimization techniques as well as theoretical issues (convergence, complexity, etc).Other algorithms and applications relating the above mentioned research areas.
Submission Deadline - December 16, 2013 Notification of Acceptance - January 27, 2014 Final Copy Due - March 14, 2014 Workshop - May 19-23, 2014
Jan. 6-10 CX201: Complex Physical, Biological & Social Systems
Jan. 12 CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems
Jan. 13-17 CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks
Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA
These courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals and others who would like to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of complex systems for application to research in their respective fields, or as a basis for pursuing complex systems research. The winter school offers two intensive week-long courses. The courses consist of lectures, discussions, and supervised group projects. Though the second week builds on material covered in the previous week, CX201 is not a prerequisite for CX202. You may register for either or both weeks. If desired, arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.
Les Houches thematic school on: structure and dynamics of complex networks The field of complex network has reached a mature stage, with many concepts, tools and methods widely used by many research groups.
The school aims at giving a solid fundamental background to PhD students and young researchers working with or on complex networks, by introducing the main concepts and tools that are useful in this field. The school will introduce the concepts and tools of graph theory, statistical physics, statistical analysis, modeling, and visualization used in the field of complex networks.
International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (AROB 19th '14, Beppu, JAPAN, Jan. 22-24, 2014) invites you all to present original research and to discuss development of new technologies concerning artificial life and robotics based on computer simulations and hardware designs of state-of-the-art technologies.
The Network Frontier Workshop 2013 is a three-day event highlighting leading-edge research on complex networks. Participants working on innovative aspects of complex systems will communicate recent results and ideas relevant to fields as diverse as brain, climate, and socio-technological research. Sessions will include theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics in the context of synchronization, cascades, transportation, control, and failure recovery in complex dynamical systems.
December 4-6, 2013 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
EVENT: Open Knowledge Conference-: Geneva 2013 16th-18th September http://okcon.org/
About OKCon 2013 The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to invite you to the 2013 Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) in Geneva, Switzerland on 16th-18th September. OKCon is the world’s leading open data and open knowledge conference, running since 2005.
Our line-up of speakers this year already includes Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation), John Ellis (CERN and Kings College, London), Chris Vein (World Bank) and Victoria Stodden (Columbia University). Many more will be announced very soon.
Our theme for OKCon 2013 is OPEN DATA – Broad, Deep Connected. In the last few years we have seen government open data initiatives grow and become important in areas such as research, culture and international development. OKCon will explore how open data is not only expanding geographically but also touching new sectors and new areas. It will focus on how we can coordinate and strengthen public policy around the world to support a truly global and interconnected ecosystem of open data.
The Annual Complexity in Business Conference endeavors to be the premier meeting for the intersection of Complex Systems and Business. The 5th annual conference will be a one and a half day event and will include talks by thought leaders and an audience blend of academics and industry practitioners. We are very excited to announce that this year we will be having a concurrent track during the conference and will be accepting abstract submissions from the public. We are looking forward to a lively set of interactions among a very distinguished group of researchers and business leaders. On Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. a series of talks at the Ronald Reagan Building will kick off the conference, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at a D.C. restaurant.
5th Annual Complexity in Business Conference Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, 2013 • Washington, DC
BCBT is an annual international summer school that promotes a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems. BCBT addresses students and researchers involved in research at the interface between brains and technology such as in the ambit of “Bio-ICT convergence” "Brain Inspired ICT" and “cognitive systems and robotics”.
The Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school. Barcelona, Spain, Sept 2-13, 2013
The workshop will feature two outstanding invited speakers covering the collective behaviours and social dynamics (see also the program below): Dr. Simon Garnier from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University (http://www.theswarmlab.com) will give a talk titled "Ant wuz here! Following the trail of recent ant network research". Dr. Andrea Baronchelli from the Northeastern University (https://sites.google.com/site/andreabaronchelli), will give a talk on "Modeling interaction networks of mobile individuals: from artificial agents to human gatherings".
This two-and-a-half day introductory course focuses on the science of networks: a new field that studies common principles of complex networks across disciplines. Social and economic networks, food webs, the World Wide Web, and the power grid are examples of the kinds of systems that network science seeks to understand. In this course, taught by prominent Santa Fe Institute faculty and associates, you will learn the basic concepts and tools of this new science, and see several case studies of their application in diverse areas. You will also have the opportunity for discussion with the faculty and other participants about applications within your own areas of interest. You will come away with an understanding and appreciation of the importance of network science for biology, ecology, economics, business, human health, social life, and other pursuits.
We are delighted to welcome the International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2013) to Kyoto, Japan. The conference will take place from November 25 to 27 at Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University.
The International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2013) is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena. The ultimate goal of Social Informatics is to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as a technology, but also as a set of social phenomena. To that end, we are inviting interdisciplinary papers, on applying information technology in the study of social phenomena, on applying social concepts in the design of information systems, on applying methods from the social sciences in the study of social computing and information systems, on applying computational algorithms to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, and on designing information and communication technologies that consider social context.
Program The workshop will run for two days, with an evening dinner cruise on Lake Zurich after the first day. Two sessions each day will consist of talks by invited speakers and there will be a panel discussion at the end of each day. A detailed agenda will be published soon.
Poster session The poster session offers an opportunity for an interactive presentation of your work. If you want to present a poster, please submit a pdf file of it (max. 5 megabytes) to email@example.com. The best posters will be selected for the poster exhibition by the program committee. The submission deadline is July 31.
Cellular Automata present a very powerful approach to the study of spatio-temporal systems where complex phenomena build up out of many simple localinteractions.
The ACRI conference has been traditionally focused on challenging problems and new research not only in theoretical but application aspects of cellularautomata, including cellular automata tools and computational sciences. It is also concerned with applications and solutions of problems from the fields of physics, engineering, environment science, social science and life sciences. Its primary goal is to discuss problems from a variety of scientific fields, to identify new issues and to enlarge the research fields of cellular automata. Since its inception, the ACRI conference has attracted an ever-growing community and has raised knowledge and interest in the study of cellular automata for both new entrants into the field as well as researchers already working onparticular aspects of cellular automata.
The main goal of the 11th edition of ACRI 2014 Conference (Cellular Automata for Research and Industry) is to offer both scientists and engineers in academies and industries an opportunity to express and discuss their views on current trends, challenges, and state-of-the art solutions to various problems in the fields of arts, biology, chemistry, communication, cultural heritage, ecology, economy, geology, engineering, medicine, physics, sociology, traffic control,etc.
Paper submission: March 19, 2014Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: April 15, 2014Final version of the paper for the proceedings: May 14, 2014Conference: September 22-25, 2014
The purpose of the meeting is to bring together the national community of physicists working on statistical physics and related areas, in order to exchange knowledge, results and discuss new lines of research. We also invite a group of internationally-well known scientists who have made fundamental contributions in their respective fields. This provides the opportunity to exchange ideas between national and foreign colleagues in a pleasant and informal environment.
The 2013 Brainhack will be held from October 23-26, 2013 at the Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques, Sèvres (just outside of Paris). Brainhack 2013 is a unique event with the goals of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and open neuroscience. The structure builds from the concepts of an unconference and hackathon. Participants interested in neuroimaging from any discipline are welcome. Ideal participants span in range from graduate students to professors across any disciplines willing to contribute (e.g., mathematics, computer science, engineering, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, medicine, art, etc…).
October 23-26, 2013
Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques, Sèvres, France
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: • human computation • social computing • crowdsourcing • wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) • group memory and extended cognition • collective decision making and problem-solving • participatory and deliberative democracy • animal collective behavior • organizational design • public policy design (e.g., regulatory reform) • ethics of collective intelligence (e.g., “digital sweatshops”) • computational models of group search and optimization • emergence and evolution of intelligence • new technologies for making groups smarter
EvoStar 2014 will be hosted at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA) which is situated in Baeza, Jaén, Spain between the 23rd and 25th April 2014. The Submission Deadline for all conferences is the 1 November 2013. Further details can be found on the individual conference pages. EuroGP, EvoBIO, EvoCOP, EvoMUSART and EvoApplications
Health Systems Complexity is a cross-disciplinary research field that takes a unique system dynamics view of health, examining all aspects from the molecular level all the way up to healthcare and governance itself. Health Systems Complexity at the NTU in Singapore is aligned with world-wide initiatives to model patients, like the Virtual Physiological Human, and the health systems in which they function. At the NTU one of the aims is to develop scenario-based decision support systems to assess the influence of healthcare and medication measures on the whole health chain, from the biomedical effects to the impact on social and health policy.
The Health Systems Complexity symposium is pleased to have renowned scholars, scientists, educators and leaders from different corners of the world to talk about how the notion of complexity science can help in understanding health in an integrative way. The symposium presents a revolutionary approach to reforming basic practice and large-scale care delivery, based on the concept of health care as a complex, self-organized, and self-interactive system. The goals of this symposium is to bring together original thinkers who do not shy away from unconventional methods to address the tremendous challenges the growing and aging population of our world is facing.
Event Date 08 Jul 2013 09:00 AM (Mon) - 09 Jul 2013 06:00 PM (Tue) Venue Education Wing, Level 3, Lecture Room 4, Nanyang Executive Centre, NTU, Singapore
Nowadays there is an ongoing intense scientific debate around the definition of the foundational concepts as well as about the most appropriate methodological approaches to deal with the understanding of social dynamics. The challenge of understanding human behaviors is complex and intricate. Humans are intentional (and not necessarily rational) and the dynamics of social behavior are influenced by multitude of factors. In particular, with the advent of the Big Data era– i.e. the explosion of available datasets from technological mediated communication – that challenge has increased its complexity. If on the one hand we can have access to an enormous set of observable social and mobility traces, on the other hand there is a lack of theoretical concepts to ground and interpret data as an expression of individual and social behavior. The event is intended to gather the most proficient scientists and companies working at the edge of the computational social science and big data to detail the new frontiers and challenges with an interdisciplinary, tight and non reductionist approach.The symposium is open to all researchers, scientists and practitioners.
Invited Speakers: Alessandro Vespignani, David Lazer, Nicola Santoro