About ICCS 2018

The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science. The conference will be held July 22-27, 2018, in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Special Topic - Artificial Intelligence: This year’s conference will include a day on AI, including its development and potential future. This session will be chaired by Iyad Rahwan of MIT's Media Lab.

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For more information, contact us at programs@necsi.edu.


Abstract Submission and Proceedings Publication

For presentation at the conference, authors should submit an abstract through EasyChair. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the online proceedings on the conference website. Authors of accepted abstracts may submit full papers for inclusion in the online proceedings. Full paper submission is optional. Make sure to register for the conference in addition to submitting to EasyChair.

Abstracts should be around 500 words and full papers around 8 pages. Please indicate during submission if you would like to present your work as a poster. Previously published work and multiple abstracts by the same authors may be submitted.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Workshop proposal:

February 16, 2018

Abstract submission:

March 12, 2018

Notification to authors:

March 30, 2018

Early registration:

April 13, 2018

Camera-ready abstract
& full paper submission:
(full paper submission is optional)

May 4, 2018

Late abstract submission:

June 1, 2018


July 22-27, 2018

ICCS Topics: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems.

The themes are:


The relationship between components and collective properties and behaviors; the relationship of internal structure to external influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and fractals.

Complexity & Information

Defining and measuring 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; nonlinear dynamics and 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.

Structures & Networks

Complex network topologies; multilayer and multiplex networks; dynamical networks; adaptive networks; temporal networks; network modeling and analysis; small-world and scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques and communities, modularity, degeneracy, redundancy, and substructure; network visualization.


Computer simulation; agent-based modeling; data-driven research; machine learning; artificial intelligence; analytical methods; nonlinear statistics; soft computing; methods and tools for complex systems education.

And the system categories are:

Mathematical, Physical & Chemical Systems

Non-equilibrium processes; hydrodynamics; glasses; nonlinear chemical dynamics; complex fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation in quantum and classical physical systems; supramolecular chemistry; 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; biological networks in human health: protein-protein interaction, metabolic and gene regulatory networks; Systems pharmacology.

Physiological & Psychological Systems

Nervous system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural and cognitive function; perception, cognition, memory and action; psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and development; human machine interaction; autonomous mental development; neurocognitive networks.

Organisms & Populations

Population biology; collective behavior of animals; ecosystems; ecology; ecological networks; microbiome; speciation; evolution.

Human Social & Economic Systems

Social networks; socio-technical systems; computational social science; collective intelligence; corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational behavior and management; urban development; city science; economies and markets; financial systems; risk management; globalization; military systems; global conflicts; social unrest; political networks; 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; resilience; self organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering; biologically inspired engineering; synthetic biology; sensor networks.


There will be several time slots available during the conference for organizing workshops on specific topics. All the accepted abstracts/papers for the workshops will be included in the conference proceedings as well.

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, email the following information to programs@necsi.edu by February 16, 2018:

  • Name(s) and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)
  • Title of the workshop
  • A short description of the workshop: (aim, scope, target audience, format and expected outcome)
  • A list of confirmed and prospective speakers

Invited Speakers

Albert-László Barabási
(Northeastern University, USA)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
(Real World Risk Institute, USA)

Marta González
(University of California Berkeley, USA)

Stuart Kauffman
(Institute for Systems Biology, USA)

Peter Turchin
(University of Connecticut, USA)

Mercedes Pascual
(University of Chicago, USA)
Pending confirmation

Iyad Rahwan
(MIT Media Lab, USA)

Natalia Komarova
(University of California Irvine, USA)

Theresa Whelan
(U.S. Department of Defense)
Pending DOD approval

Simon DeDeo
(Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

H. Eugene Stanley
(Boston University, USA)

Stephen Wolfram
(Wolfram Research)

César Hidalgo
(MIT Media Lab, USA)

Ricardo Hausmann
(Harvard University, USA)

Sandy Pentland
(MIT Media Lab, USA)

Daniela Rus
(MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, USA)
Pending confirmation

Olaf Sporns
(Indiana University Network Science Institute, USA)

Michelle Girvan
(University of Maryland, USA)
Pending confirmation

Cameron Kerry
(MIT Media Lab, USA)

Irving Epstein
(Brandeis University, USA)

John Sterman
(MIT Sloan School of Management, USA)
Pending confirmation

Stephen Grossberg
(Boston University, USA)

Hyejin Youn
(Kellogg School of Management, USA)

More Speakers TBA

Executive Committee

Conference Emeritus:

Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)

General Chair:

Ali A. Minai (University of Cincinnati, USA)

Program Chair:

Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, USA)
Alfredo J. Morales (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)
Carlos Gershenson (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)

Special Sessions Chair:

Marc Santolini (Northeastern University, USA)
Emma Towlson (Northeastern University, USA)

Sponsors Chair:

Kim Severino (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)

Logistics Chair:

Sageet Braha (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)
Elisabeth Perry-Montgomery (New England Complex Systems Institute, USA)

Supporting & Sponsoring Organizations

The MIT Media Lab is a supporting organization of ICCS 2018.

The HumanCurrent is the official podcast of ICCS 2018.

Springer is the official publisher of ICCS 2018.


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Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts, minutes from Boston. Reservations can be made directly with Hyatt reservations at 1-888-421-1442, or online.

A block of rooms has been reserved at a conference discount rate starting at $259 + tax per night. Internet access is included. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive the discount rate identify yourself as a member of ICCS 2018. These rates are available until June 29th, 2018. Cancellations may be made up to 48 hours in advance without penalty.

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