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International Conference on Complex Systems
New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711

Eighth International Conference on
Complex Systems

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 8th International Conference on Complex Systems. It was a wonderful week of learning and sharing, and the sense of community was palpable.

We have posted photos from ICCS, available here.

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Conference Overview This is the eighth in a series of conferences with two major aims: first, to investigate those properties or characteristics that appear to be common to the very different complex systems now under study; and second, to encourage cross fertilization among the many disciplines involved.

Past conference programs:
ICCS 2007 | ICCS 2006 | ICCS 2004 | ICCS 2002 | ICCS 2000 | ICCS 1998 | ICCS 1997

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Press Passes

Members of the press should contact Clare Froggat to request passes.

Financial Support

A limited amount of financial support is available for those who need help to attend ICCS 2011. Please contact Luke Evans at with the following information:

  • Name:
  • Affiliation:
  • Status (student/postdoc/faculty/corporate):
  • Estimate and details of requested support:
  • Let us know if you are presenting a paper at ICCS (cite the ID):

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Eshel Ben-Jacob (Tel Aviv University)
Johan Bollen (Indiana University)
Steven Bressler (Florida Atlantic University)
Denis Bushnell (NASA)
Eric Davidson (California Institute of Technology)
Leah Edelstein-Keshet (University of British Columbia)
Len Fisher (University of Bristol)
Neil Gershenfeld (MIT)
John Hopfield (Princeton University)
Alfred Hubler (UIUC)
Jerome Kagan (Harvard University)
Kunihiko Kaneko (University of Tokyo)
Mark Klein (MIT)
Hod Lipson (Cornell University)
Jay McClelland (Stanford University)
Mark Newman (University of Michigan)
Sandy Pentland (MIT)
Stuart Pimm (Duke University)
Thomas Schelling (University of Maryland)
Sorin Solomon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Didier Sornette (ETH Zurich)
Gene Stanley (Boston University)
Nassim N. Taleb (New York University)
Elizabeth Tran (National Science Foundation)
Geoffrey West (SFI)
Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research)

(More plenary speakers TBA)

Conference Subject Areas

ICCS Topics: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems.  The themes are:


  • EMERGENCE: The relationship of component to collective behavior; the relationship of internal structure to external influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and fractals.
  • COMPLEXITY & INFORMATION: Defining complexity; characterizing the information necessary to describe complex systems; structuring, storing, accessing, distributing, visualizing and analyzing information describing complex systems; the dynamics of information and its computational characterization.
  • DYNAMICS & SELF-ORGANIZATION: Time series analysis and prediction; chaos; temporal correlations; the time scale of dynamic processes; spatio-temporal patterns; dynamic scaling; pattern formation; evolution, development and adaptation; interaction between internal dynamics and external inputs; programmability of self-organization.
  • NETWORKS: Complex network topologies; small-world and scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques and communities; dynamical networks; adaptive networks; network modeling and analysis; modularity, degeneracy, redundancy, and substructure; visualization of networks.
  • METHODOLOGY: Computer simulation; agent-based modeling; data-driven research methods; analytical methods; nonlinear statistics; soft computing; methods and tools for complex systems education.


  • PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: Non-equilibrium processes; hydrodynamics; glasses; non-linear chemical dynamics; complex fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation in quantum and classical physical systems; spatio-temporal patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.
  • BIO-MOLECULAR & CELLULAR SYSTEMS: Systems biology; protein and DNA folding; bio-molecular informatics; membranes; cellular response and communication; genetic regulation; gene-cytoplasm interactions; development; cellular differentiation; primitive multicellular organisms; the immune system; origins of life.
  • PHYSIOLOGICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL SYSTEMS: Nervous system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural and cognitive function; perception, cognition and action; psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and development; human-machine interaction; autonomous mental development; neurocognitive networks.
  • ORGANISMS & POPULATIONS: Population biology; ecosystems; ecology; ecological networks; speciation; evolution.
  • HUMAN SOCIAL & ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: Social networks; corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational behavior and management; markets; urban development; the global economy; military systems; global conflict; interactions between human and natural systems.
  • ENGINEERED SYSTEMS: Design and manufacturing; nano-technology; bioengineering; modified and hybrid biological organisms; computer based interactive systems; multi-agent systems; artificial life; artificial intelligence; robots; communication networks; the Internet; traffic systems; distributed control; self-organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering; biologically inspired engineering; sensor networks.
Pedagogical Sessions The conference will include pedagogical sessions on Sunday, June 26 covering fundamental knowledge in concepts, simulation, and analysis tools relevant to complex systems.
Abstract Submission and Proceedings Publication

Camera-Ready Formatting and Submission Instruction


We are still accepting late-breaking news abstracts for short talks. If you plan to submit an abstract, please contact the Program Chair directly.


We welcome suggestions from researchers who are willing to chair any of the following sessions and/or to host another special session on a different topic. Please send your suggestions to

Mathematical Aspects of Social and Cognitive Complexity
Organizer: Christina Kluever
(c.stoica-kluever at

Complex Information Flows
Organizers: Dimitri Perrin
(dperrin at,
Hiroyuki Ohsaki
(oosaki at

Engaging Emergence: Working with Changing Social Systems in Complex, Volatile Times
Organizer: Peggy Holman
(peggy at

State-Topology Coevolution in Adaptive Networks
Organizer: Hiroki Sayama
(sayama at

Aesthetics in Complex Systems
Organizer: Melisa Gerber
(melisagerber at

Syntax in the Brain
Organizer: Jim Houk
(j-houk at

Special Sessions
Economics & Globalization
Complex Networks
Complexity and Management
Social Psychology
Neural Systems & Cognition
Nonlinear Dynamics & Pattern Formation
Distributed & Complex System Engineering
Programmable Self-organization
Evolution & Ecology
Systems Biology
Systems Pathology
Visualization of Complex Systems
Complex Systems Education
Science Fiction & Complex Systems
NSF Funding Session

Important Dates and Deadlines
Abstract submission Late-breaking news abstracts are being accepted for short talk and poster presentation
Notification to authors: April 1, 2011
Early registration: April 15, 2011
Camera-ready abstract & full paper submission: April 30, 2011 (full paper submission is optional)
Conference: June 26 - July 1, 2011
Location and Accommodations The conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy in Quincy, Massachusetts, 8 miles south of downtown Boston.

More information about accomodations can be found on this page.

Executive Committee:
Founding Chair: Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute)
General Chair: Ali A. Minai (University of Cincinnati, USA)
General Co-Chair: Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, USA)
Program Chair: Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY, USA)

Program Committee:
Andy Adamatzky (University of the West of England, UK)
Iqbal Adjali (Unilever, UK)
Athena Aktipis (University of Arizona, USA)
Takaya Arita (Nagoya University, Japan)
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (Northeastern University, USA)
Mark Bedau (Reed College, USA)
Ginestra Bianconi (Nothestern University, USA)
Philippe Binder (University of Hawaii, USA)
Eric Bonabeau (Icosystem Corporation, USA)
Josh Bongard (University of Vermont, USA)
Seth Bullock (University of Southampton, UK)
Guido Caldarelli (INFM, Rome, ITALY)
Iain Couzin (Princeton University, USA)
Marcus de Aguiar (IFGW - UNICAMP, Brazil)
Kevin Desouza (University of Washington, USA)
Fred Discenzo (Rockwell Automation, USA)
Rene Doursat (Complex Systems Institute, Paris, France)
Margaret J. Eppstein (University of Vermont, USA)
Carlos Gershenson (Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)
Robert Ghanea (British Telecom, UK)
William G. Glenney, IV (CNO Strategic Studies Group, USA)
William Griffin (Arizona State University, USA)
Thilo Gross (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany)
Helen Harte (Community Health Plan, USA)
Alfred Hubler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Mark Klein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Juergen Kluever (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Craig Laramee (Binghamton University, USA)
Fabrizio Lillo (Universita di Palermo, Italy / Santa Fe Institute, USA)
May Lim (University of the Philippines, Philippines)
Czeslaw Mesjasz (Krakow University of Economics, Poland)
Pamela Mischen (Binghamton University, USA)
Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi (Stony Brook University, SUNY, USA)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Lael Parrott (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Luis Rocha (Indiana University, USA)
Hava Siegelmann (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Christina Stoica (University of Duisburg Essen, Germany)
Bill Sulis (McMaster University, Canada)
Jun Suzuki (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
Christof Teuscher (Portland State University, USA)
Irina Trofimova (McMaster University, Canada)
Len Troncale (California State University Pomona, USA)
Jonathan Vos Post (Computer Futures, USA)
Richard Watson (University of Southampton, UK)
Justin Werfel (Harvard University, USA)
Brian White (CAU-SES, USA)
Daniel Whitney (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Janet Wiles (University of Queensland, Australia)
Ian Wilkinson (University of New South Wales, Australia)
David Wolpert (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)

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