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CSS2016 Amsterdam

If the most important annual conference in complex systems simulation is anything to go by then researchers in humanities are slowly infiltrating the ranks of complexity scientists.

This year the CSS (Complex Systems Society) conference is taking place in Amsterdam between 19-22 September. It is structured a bit differently than traditional conferences, that is, it consists of two main parts:

  • Core sessions such as “Foundations of Complex Systems” or “Socio-ecological Systems”, which are held every year, and
  • Satellite sessions, usually focusing on smaller topics or subdisciplines, which are proposed independently and, therefore, change from one year to another.

Archaeology (and humanities in general) has been on and off the agenda since 2013 but usually this meant one dedicated session and perhaps a paper or two in the core sessions classified as social systems simulations. However, this year there seems to be a bit of an explosion (let’s call it ‘exponential growth’!) in the number of sessions led by folk who have interest in the past. These three are particularly relevant:

10. Complexity and the Human Past: Unleashing the Potential of Archaeology and Related Disciplines
Organizer: Dr. Sergi Lozano

26. Complexity History. Complexity for History and History for Complexity 
Organizer: Assoc Prof. Andrea Nanetti

27. The Anthropogenic Earth System: Modeling Social Systems, Landscapes, and Urban Dynamics as a Coupled Human+Climate System up to Planetary Scale
Organizer: Dr. John T. Murphy

In addition, there are a number of satellite sessions that, although not dealing specifically with past systems, may be of interest for anyone who deals with evolution, urban development, economic systems or networks and game theory.  Finally, the most excellent student conference on complex systems (SCCS) will run just prior to the main event, between 16-18 September.

To submit an abstract, get in touch with the session organiser (you can find their emails here). The official deadline is 10th July, but the organisers may have imposed a different schedule so get in your abstract soon. And see you all in Amsterdam!

Image above: http://www.ccs2016.org



Student Conference on Complexity Science

Student Conference on Complexity Science run this year by the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation at the University of Southampton has just released an open call for sessions. Having participated in the last two editions I can happily vouch for it. Originally designed as a forum for the students of UK doctoral training centres in Complexity Science (Bristol, Southampton and Warwick) it grew to become a truly international and interdisciplinary event. It is one of those gatherings where pretty much everyone is out of their depth – 250 students spread through every imaginable field of science from the most hardcore maths to the soothing storytelling of humanities. The program looks exciting with the first day devoted to hands-on workshops, a few high-level keynotes and plenty of opportunities to drink coffee and wine and chat with likeminded PhD student. Not to mention Brighton is probably the ‘hipsterest’ of hipster towns. See you all there in August!

See their CfS below.

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Sessions at the 4th Student Conference on Complexity Science (SCCS2014) is now open.

The Conference

The Student Conference on Complexity Science (SCCS) is the largest UK conference for early-career researchers working under the interdisciplinary framework of Complex Systems with a particular focus

© Tessa Coe from the series 'complexity'. http://www.tessacoe.co.uk
© Tessa Coe from the series ‘complexity’. http://www.tessacoe.co.uk

on computational modelling, simulations and network analysis. Since 2010, this conference series has brought together PhD students and early career researchers from both the UK and overseas interested in areas ranging from quantum physics to the economics of happiness. The 4th Student Conference on Complexity Science will be held between 19-22 August 2014 at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

If your work comes under the general topic of complexity science, we want to hear from you!

The Format
© Tessa Coe from the series ‘complexity’. http://www.tessacoe.co.uk

The conference will consist of 4 hands-on workshops and 10 parallel sessions of 6-9 papers. We particularly encourage sessions crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries and/or dealing with the general theoretical underpinnings of complexity science. The general themes of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Complex Systems Simulation in Physics, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Complexity Theory
  • Artificial Intelligence and Swarm Robotics
  • Network Science
  • Complexity Science applications in Earth and Social Sciences, Digital Economy and Digital Humanities
The Logistics

To submit a session please provide a short abstract and a list of potential speakers at http://sccs2014.soton.ac.uk/sessions.php. The list of chosen sessions will be announced on 17th February 2014.

We are pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation we will be able to offer a number of travel bursaries to the attendees.

The Deadlines
  • Call for Sessions closes: 12 p.m. (UTC) 27th January 2014
  • Sessions announced and Call for Papers opens: 17th February 2014
  • Call for Papers closes: 12 p.m. (UTC) 26th May 2014
  • Papers announced: 16th June 2014

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