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Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Live Tweetcast of CCS’17: The Conference on Complex Systems 2017
September 17-22 Cancun, Mexico   Follow the CCS’17 action with the hashtag #CCS17 and through @ccs17mx. Source:
5 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?
Can you discover a simple mathematical result of Mendelian genetics that describes how genes interact with each other? Source:
7 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Modeling and Visualizing Science and Technology Developments
This colloquium brings together researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines to present, discuss, and advance computational models and visualizations of science and technology (S&T). Existing computational models are being applied by academia, government, and industry to explore questions such as: What jobs will exist in ten years and what career paths lead to success? Which types of institutions will likely be most innovative in the future? How will the higher education cost bubble burst affect these institutions? What funding strategies have the highest return on investment?...
9 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled International School and Conference on Network Science: NetSci 2018
NetSci 2018, the flagship conference of the Network Science Society, aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working in the emerging area of network science. The conference fosters interdisciplinary communication and collaboration in network science research across computer and information sciences, physics, mathematics, statistics, the life sciences, neuroscience, environmental sciences, social sciences, finance and business, arts and design. Source:
11 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled YRNCS Job Fair at CCS’17
Have you got an open position in your group that you’d like to advertise? Are you a young researcher looking for career opportunities? The YRNCS Job Fair will provide PhD students and early career researchers with a great opportunity to find out about open positions during CCS 2017. It will take place during the Welcome Cocktail reception on Monday 18th September from 7pm onwards, and flyers and posters to advertise the positions will be visible all week. The Job Fair will offer a great chance to meet potential employers and employees, or even just to mingle and make new contacts! If...
11 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled NetSciX2018: International School and Conference on Network Science
The central winter conference on Network Science, NetSci-X, is coming to Hangzhou, China. Bringing together leading researchers and innovators to connect, meet and establish interdisciplinary channels for collaboration. From biological and environmental networks, to social, technological and economic networks, NetSci-X 2018 links the Hangzhou spirit with the fresh outlook of Network Science.   International School and Conferenceon Network ScienceJan 5-8 Hangzhou China Source:
11 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Concurrency-Induced Transitions in Epidemic Dynamics on Temporal Networks
Social contact networks underlying epidemic processes in humans and animals are highly dynamic. The spreading of infections on such temporal networks can differ dramatically from spreading on static networks. We theoretically investigate the effects of concurrency, the number of neighbors that a node has at a given time point, on the epidemic threshold in the stochastic susceptible-infected-susceptible dynamics on temporal network models. We show that network dynamics can suppress epidemics (i.e., yield a higher epidemic threshold) when the node’s concurrency is low, but can also...
12 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Individuality drives collective behavior of schooling fish
New research sheds light on how “animal personalities” – inter-individual differences in animal behaviour – can drive the collective behaviour and functioning of animal groups such as schools of fish, including their cohesion Source:
12 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Electron-Eating Microbes Found in Odd Places
The electricity-eating microbes that the researchers were hunting for belong to a larger class of organisms that scientists are only beginning to understand. They inhabit largely uncharted worlds: the bubbling cauldrons of deep sea vents; mineral-rich veins deep beneath the planet’s surface; ocean sediments just a few inches below the deep seafloor. The microbes represent a segment of life that has been largely ignored, in part because their strange habitats make them incredibly difficult to grow in the lab. Source:
14 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Generative Models for Network Neuroscience: Prospects and Promise
Network neuroscience is the emerging discipline concerned with investigating the complex patterns of interconnections found in neural systems, and to identify principles with which to understand them. Within this discipline, one particularly powerful approach is network generative modeling, in which wiring rules are algorithmically implemented to produce synthetic network architectures with the same properties as observed in empirical network data. Successful models can highlight the principles by which a network is organized and potentially uncover the mechanisms by which it grows and...
14 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Life is Precious Because it is Precarious: Individuality, Mortality and the Problem of Meaning
Computationalism aspires to provide a comprehensive theory of life and mind. It fails in this task because it lacks the conceptual tools to address the problem of meaning. I argue that a meaningful perspective is enacted by an individual with a potential that is intrinsic to biological existence: death. Life matters to such an individual because it must constantly create the conditions of its own existence, which is unique and irreplaceable. For that individual to actively adapt, rather than to passively disintegrate, expresses a value inherent in its way of life, which is the ultimate source...
17 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled The 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018)
The ALIFE and ECAL conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987 and 1991, respectively. As a Hybrid of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) and the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE), the 2018 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2018) will take place in outside both Europe and the US, in Miraikan, Tokyo, Japan, from July 23-28. Source:
17 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled NERCCS 2018: First Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems
NERCCS 2018: The First Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems aims to establish a venue of interdisciplinary scholarly exchange for complex systems researchers in the Northeast U.S. region to share their research outcomes through presentations and post-conference online publications, network with their peers in the region, and promote inter-campus collaboration and the growth of the research community. NERCCS will particularly focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students in the region who have only limited resources but will likely...
18 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017
This volume is the proceedings of ECAL 2017, the Fourteenth European Conference on Artificial Life, held September 4–8th 2017, in Lyon, France ( Since the first ECAL in 1991, the conference is the main international event of the International Society for Artificial Life in odd-numbered years, alternating with ALife, the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. The theme of this edition of ECAL was “Create, play, experiment, discover: The experimental power of virtual worlds”. The volume contains the...
18 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled How a polymath transformed our understanding of information
Just what is information? For such an intuitive idea, its precise nature proved remarkably hard to pin down. For centuries, it seemed to hover somewhere in a half-world between the visible and the unseen, the physical and the evanescent, the enduring medium and its fleeting message. It haunted the ancients as much as it did Claude Shannon and his Bell Labs colleagues in New York and New Jersey, who were trying to engirdle the world with wires and telecoms cables in the mid-20th century. Source:
19 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled The Basis of the Universe May Not Be Energy or Matter but Information
Modern physics has hit a wall in a number of areas. Some proponents of information theory believe embracing it may help us to say, sew up the rift between general relativity and quantum mechanics. Or perhaps it’ll aid in detecting and comprehending dark matter and dark energy, which combined are thought to make up 95% of the known universe. As it stands, we have no idea what they are. Ironically, some hard data is required in order to elevate information theory. Until then, it remains theoretical. Source:
20 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled The Wealth of Nations: Complexity Science for an Interdisciplinary Approach in Economics
Classic economic science is reaching the limits of its explanatory powers. Complexity science uses an increasingly larger set of different methods to analyze physical, biological, cultural, social, and economic factors, providing a broader understanding of the socio-economic dynamics involved in the development of nations worldwide. The use of tools developed in the natural sciences, such as thermodynamics, evolutionary biology, and analysis of complex systems, help us to integrate aspects, formerly reserved to the social sciences, with the natural sciences. This integration reveals details...
20 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled MetaZipf. A dynamic meta-analysis of city size distributions
The results from urban scaling in recent years have held the promise of increased efficiency to the societies who could actively control the distribution of their cities’ size. However, little evidence exists as to the factors which influence the level of urban unevenness, as expressed by the slope of the rank-size distribution, partly because the diversity of results found in the literature follows the heterogeneity of analysis specifications. In this study, I set up a meta-analysis of Zipf’s law which accounts for technical as well as topical factors of variations of...
20 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Network Analysis of Particles and Grains
The arrangements of particles and forces in granular materials and particulate matter have a complex organization on multiple spatial scales that range from local structures to mesoscale and system-wide ones. This multiscale organization can affect how a material responds or reconfigures when exposed to external perturbations or loading. The theoretical study of particle-level, force-chain, domain, and bulk properties requires the development and application of appropriate mathematical, statistical, physical, and computational frameworks. Traditionally, granular materials have been...
20 days ago
Complexity Digest wrote a new blog post titled Sampling of Temporal Networks: Methods and Biases
Temporal networks have been increasingly used to model a diversity of systems that evolve in time; for example human contact structures over which dynamic processes such as epidemics take place. A fundamental aspect of real-life networks is that they are sampled within temporal and spatial frames. Furthermore, one might wish to subsample networks to reduce their size for better visualization or to perform computationally intensive simulations. The sampling method may affect the network structure and thus caution is necessary to generalize results based on samples. In this paper, we study four...
21 days ago