From n.gilbert@SURREY.AC.UK Mon Feb 13 09:53:46 2006
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 19:54:08 +0000
From: Nigel Gilbert 
To: SIMSOC@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Subject: CfP: European Conference on Complex Systems 2006 (ECCS'06)

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CALL FOR PAPERS ­ DEADLINE: 7 APRIL 2006
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS ­ DEADLINE: 5 MAY 2006
 
European Conference on Complex Systems 2006 (ECCS'06)
 
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
25-29 September 2006
 
http://complexsystems.lri.fr/ 
 
CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS include:
 
Henri Atlan, EHESS, Paris (France)
Cris Moore, University of New Mexico (USA)
David Mumford, Brown University (USA)
Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zürich (Switzerland)
Sander van der Leuuw, Arizona State University (USA)
Marcelo Viana, IMPA, (Brazil)
 
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TOWARDS A SCIENCE OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
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Complex systems, as networks of interacting entities, are studied
empirically through the rapidly increasing mass of data which has become
available in many different domains.  At the same time, these different
domains also appear to share many new and fundamental theoretical questions.
These circumstances should encourage the interdisciplinary development of a
new science of complex systems.
 
It is possible to identify two kinds of interdisciplinarity within complex
systems research. The first begins with a particular complex system and
addresses a variety of questions coming from that particular domain and
disciplinary point of view. This may lead to the emergence of new
domain-specific interdisciplinary fields such as cognitive science. The
second kind of interdisciplinarity starts from questions that are
fundamental to complex systems in general. The new science of complex
systems is primarily characterised by this second kind of
interdisciplinarity, which starts from fundamental open questions relevant
to many domains, and searches for general methods to deal with them.
 
These two kinds of interdisciplinarity are complementary and interdependent:
any advance in one can lead to progress in the other. The new science of
complex systems will need to develop through a continually renewed process
of reconstructing data from models, and will require engagement with both
kinds of interdisciplinarity. In particular, modelling and understanding the
dynamics of complex systems remains one of the major challenges for modern
science. Our increasing ability to address this challenge is based on a
combination of the growing mass of empirical data which has recently become
accessible, and the large increase in computational power which can support
and underpin significant advances in our theoretical understanding of
complex systems.
 
ECCS ¹06 is the second in an annual series of conferences organised by the
new European Complex Systems Society.  The European Commission is providing
financial support for the conference through the ONCE-CS Coordination
Action, which is funded under the Sixth Framework by the Future and Emerging
Technologies Unit of the Information Society Technology Programme. The
current conference follows ECCS ¹05, the first conference organised by the
European Complex Systems Society, which was held in Paris on 14-18 November
2005. An earlier European Conference on Complex Systems was held in Turin on
5-7 December 2004.
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GUIDANCE NOTES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PAPERS AND POSTERS
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CALL FOR PAPERS ­ DEADLINE: 7 APRIL 2006
 
ECCS ¹06 invites submissions for long papers, short papers, and posters.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the Programme Committee,
and by additional referees if necessary.  Submissions for long papers should
be up to 15 pages (single-spaced, 11 point font minimum, 3.0 cm left and
right margins minimum), and if accepted may be published as part of the
conference proceedings in full.  In those cases where a long paper is not
accepted, it will automatically be considered for inclusion as a short paper
or poster unless a request to the contrary is received.  Submissions for
short papers should be up to 6 pages (single-spaced, 11 point font minimum,
3.0 cm left and right margins minimum), and if accepted can also be
published in the conference proceedings. In those cases where a short paper
is not accepted, it will automatically be considered for inclusion as a
poster unless a request to the contrary is received.  Submissions for
posters will be judged on the basis of an abstract of 1 page or less, and
the abstract of accepted posters will be published in the conference
proceedings.  All submissions must be made electronically as PDF files via
the conference website (http://complexsystems.lri.fr/myreview). Page limits
will be strictly enforced.
 
ECCS ¹06 has been organised according to a set of broadly defined topics,
which will form the conference tracks.  These topics are:
 
·      Bio-Inspired Methods
·      Biological Modelling
·      Complex Systems Methods
·      Information Technology Modelling
·      Modelling Cognition
·      Network Modelling
·      Social and Economic Modelling
·      ³Other²
 
All authors are requested to identify one of these topics as best
representing their submitted work.  This self-identification process will be
used to locate suitable referees.  Submissions which lie outside the defined
topics (i.e. ³other²) are also encouraged, and will be refereed on an ad hoc
basis.
 
The abstracts of all accepted papers and posters will be made available as a
CD-ROM at the beginning of the conference.  The authors of accepted papers
will also have the opportunity to be included in the published conference
proceedings, which will be available in electronic form and as a
print-on-demand volume.  Negotiations are currently underway to allow some
of the long papers to be published in an established journal.
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Schuster (Vienna)        ECCS ¹06 Programme Chair
Felix Reed-Tsochas (Oxford)    ECCS ¹06 Programme Vice-Chair
Jürgen Jost (Leipzig)          ECCS ¹07 Programme Chair-Elect
 
 
On behalf of:
The ECCS ¹06 Programme Committee
The ECCS ¹06 Local Organising Committee
The ECCS Conference Steering Committee
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GUIDANCE NOTES FOR SATELLITE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
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CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS ­ DEADLINE: 5 MAY 2006
 
The Conference Steering Committee invites proposals for satellite workshops
to be held during the two last days of the 2nd European Conference for
Complex Systems (ECCS ¹06).  ECCS ¹06 will be held at the Saïd Business
School of the University of Oxford on 25-29 September 2006.
 
In line with the theme of the conference these one or two day workshops will
either focus on domains where complex systems approaches are applied, or on
a complex systems specific question, or on a complex systems specific
method.  The details of satellite workshops which were organised for ECCS
¹05 are available from http://complexite.free.fr/ECSS/.
 
All proposals for satellite workshop should include the information listed
below, and need to be submitted as PDF files via the conference website
(http://complexsystems.lri.fr/myreview) by 5 May 2006.  The decision of the
Steering Committee will be sent to the applicants by 2 June 2006.
 
Satellite workshop proposals which have been accepted will be supported by
ECCS ¹06 through the provision of rooms and audiovisual facilities, and
lunch and refreshments for the participants.  The scientific organisation of
each workshop will be the full responsibility of the scientific
organiser(s).
 
Required information:
 
(1) Title of the workshop?
 
(2) Scientific organiser(s)?
 
(3) Topics to be covered?
 
(4) Workshop abstract (5 lines)?
 
(5) Type of workshop (invited or submitted contributions or both)?
 
(6) Length of workshop (from 1/2 day to 2 days)?
 
(7) List of tentative or confirmed invited speakers (if appropriate)?
 
(8) Maximum number of participants?
 
(9) Will there be published proceeding of the workshop ?
 
 
 
Peter Schuster (Vienna)     ECCS ¹06 Programme Chair
Felix Reed-Tsochas (Oxford) ECCS ¹06 Programme Vice-Chair
Jürgen Jost (Leipzig)       ECCS ¹07 Programme Chair-Elect
 
 
On behalf of:
The ECCS ¹06 Programme Committee
The ECCS ¹06 Local Organising Committee
The ECCS Conference Steering Committee

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Professor Nigel Gilbert,  Editor, Journal of Artificial Societies and
     Social Simulation, 
        Centre for Research on Social Simulation (CRESS)
   Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
       Tel:+44 1483 689173   N.Gilbert@soc.surrey.ac.uk
                       
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