Conferences on Complex Systems

IWSOS 2012

Sixth International Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems

15 Mar 2012 to 16 Mar 2012

Delft, The Netherlands

Submissions due: 26 Oct 2011

Notes: IWSOS 2012 is the sixth workshop in a series of multidisciplinary events dedicated to self-organization in networks and networked systems.

Self-organization relates the behavior of the individual components (the microscopic level) to the resulting networked structure and functionality of the overall system (the macroscopic level), where simple interactions at the microscopic level may already give rise to complex, adaptive, and robust behavior at the macroscopic level. The growing scale, complexity, and dynamics of (future) networked systems have been driving research from centralized solutions to self-organized networked systems. The applicability of well-known self-organizing techniques to specific networks and networked systems is being investigated, as well as adaptations and novel approaches inspired by cooperation in nature. Models originating from areas like control theory, complex systems research, evolutionary dynamics, sociology and game theory are increasingly applied to complex networks to analyze their behavior, robustness and controllability.

Self-organization principles do not only apply to the Internet and computer networks but also to a variety of other complex networks, like transportation networks, telephony networks, smart electricity grids, financial networks, social networks, and biological networks. “Network Science” and “Complex Networks theory” constitute new research areas that provide additional insights into self-organizing systems.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcome you at IWSOS 2012 in Delft, The Netherlands, at the premises of Delft University of Technology!

INSC 2012

5th International Nonlinear Science Conference 2012

15 Mar 2012 to 17 Mar 2012

Barcelona, Spain

Submissions due: 21 Dec 2011

Notes: The principal aim of the INSC is to provide a scholarly environment conducive to promoting exchanges between an array of disciplines to facilitate research and related academic activities in collaboration with colleagues worldwide.

The topics covered by the conference include applications of nonlinear dynamical systems theory and techniques to problems encountered in any area of the behavioral, social and life sciences including psychology, sociology, economics, management sciences, anthropology, aesthetics, education, biology, physiology, ecology, neuroscience and medicine. One or more of the following nonlinear concepts must be an explicit part of the presentation: attractors, bifurcations, chaos, fractals, solitons, catastrophes, self-organizing processes, cellular automata, agent-based models, network analysis, genetic algorithms and related evolutionary processes, econophysics, dynamical diseases, or closely related constructs. The broad mixture of the disciplines represented here indicates that many bodies of knowledge share common principles.

Contributions from other disciplines such as computer science, mathematics and engineering are also welcome provided the main focus of the paper is an application of nonlinear science in the behavioral, social or biological sciences.


4th International Workshop on Security and Online Social Networks

19 Mar 2012 to 19 Mar 2012

Lugano, Switzerland

Submissions due: 26 Sep 2011

Notes: Online Social Networks arguably are the most accepted service on the web, today. Facebook alone has a claimed base of over 650 millons of users world wide and several traffic analysis reports show that their website is not only among the top 3 most visited sites, but that the average time spent on their pages per week exceeds all other services on the web by far. So far, Online Social Networks are self-contained, walled garden services, which see next to no integration among each other at all. Yet, the history of the Internet has shown that open and integrated services on the long run prevail.

The future hence will see an open social layer on the web, and enhancements of several services, which take the users and their relationships into account.
The problems of security and privacy in such an environment are becoming more and more crucial. New communication systems are becoming even more dynamic, open and heterogeneous, enriched with social information. The emerging pervasive communication systems, which, with high probability will more often than today face lack of connectivity to central services, cannot rely on any a-priori knowledge, on any pre-established trust relationship nor on sophisticated integrated security infrastructures. They therefore are calling for new and dedicated security and trust mechanisms.
Moreover, observing the current trends, future pervasive communication systems aim at supporting social and collaborative communications: the evolving topologies are expected to resemble the actual social networks of the communicating users and information on their characteristics can be a powerful aid for any network operation. Social networking services (facebook, linkedin, xing, …) may be leveraged for providing extended information on contacts and their relations based on the containing online identities and the information they share. However, this information, spanning social relations and personal opinions, consist of highly sensitive data at the same time, a fact that leads to a high risk of misuse or abuse.
New emerging technologies using some information on the social characteristics of nodes raise entirely new privacy concerns and require new reflections on security problems such as trust establishment, cooperation enforcement or key management.

Evostar 2012

11 Apr 2012 to 13 Apr 2012

University of Málaga

Submissions due: 7 Dec 2011

Notes: The submission deadline for all evo* events has been extended to Wednesday 7 December.


Collective Intelligence 2012

18 Apr 2012 to 20 Apr 2012

MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

Submissions due: 4 Nov 2011

Notes: Collective intelligence has existed at least as long as humans have, because families, armies, countries, and companies have all–at least sometimes–acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent. But in the last decade or so a new kind of collective intelligence has emerged: groups of people and computers, connected by the Internet, collectively doing intelligent things. For example, Google technology harvests knowledge generated by millions of people creating and linking web pages and then uses this knowledge to answer queries in ways that often seem amazingly intelligent. Or in Wikipedia, thousands of people around the world have collectively created a very large and high quality intellectual product with almost no centralized control, and almost all as volunteers!


The 9th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

22 Apr 2012 to 25 Apr 2012

Vancouver, Canada

Submissions due: 15 Nov 2011

Notes: ISCRAM 2012 welcomes emergency management researchers and practitioners to beautiful Vancouver. You are invited to present research findings and application experiences that address the practical and technical challenges of implementing current Emergency Management Information Systems (EMIS) and the design and evaluation of next-generation analytic EMIS.

SDM 12

The Twelfth SIAM International Conference on Data Mining

26 Apr 2012 to 28 Apr 2012

Anaheim, California, USA

Submissions due: 14 Oct 2011

Notes: Data mining is an important tool in science, engineering, industrial processes, healthcare, business, and medicine. The datasets in these fields are large, complex, and often noisy. Extracting knowledge requires the use of sophisticated, high performance and principled analysis techniques and algorithms, based on sound theoretical and statistical foundations. These techniques in turn require implementations that are carefully tuned for performance; powerful visualization technologies; interface systems that are usable by scientists, engineers, and physicians as well as researchers; and infrastructures that support them.

This conference provides a venue for researchers who are addressing these problems to present their work in a peer-reviewed forum. It also provides an ideal setting for graduate students and others new to the field to learn about cutting-edge research by hearing outstanding invited speakers and attending presentations and tutorials (included with conference registration). A set of focused workshops are also held on the last day of the conference. The proceedings of the conference are published in archival form, and are also made available on the SIAM web site.


17th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems

18 Jul 2012 to 20 Jul 2012

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris – France

Submissions due: 1 Feb 2012

Notes: The success of key human activities ranging from research and business to everyday services relies on the use of ever more sophisticated, feature-rich and complex computer systems. These complex computer systems are regularly required to accomplish more, faster and on a broader scale, to adapt dynamically to changing workloads, scenarios and objectives, and to achieve guaranteed levels of performance and dependability. Satisfying such demanding requirements in the presence of the variability, heterogeneity and non-linear behaviour that characterise complex computer systems poses numerous challenges to both their developers and their users.


European Conference on Complex Systems 2012

3 Sep 2012 to 7 Sep 2012

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Submissions due: 30 Apr 2012

Notes: Call for Satellite Meetings now open