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Robot Collection and Transport of Objects: A Biomimetic Process

May 22, 2018 Comments (0)

Animals as diverse as ants and humans are faced with the tasks of collecting, transporting or herding objects. Sheepdogs do this daily when they collect, herd, and maneuver flocks of sheep. Here, we adapt a shepherding algorithm inspired by sheepdogs to collect and transport objects using a robot. Our approach produces an effective robot collection process that autonomously adapts to changing environmental conditions and is robust to noise from various sources. We suggest that this...

Meeting resistance

May 20, 2018 Comments (0)

Almost as soon as antibiotics were discovered to be valuable in medicine, resistance emerged among bacteria. Whenever mutating or recombining organisms are faced with extirpation, those individuals with variations that avert death will survive and reproduce to take over the population. This can happen rapidly among organisms that reproduce fast and outpace our efforts to combat them. Thus, our use of chemical entities to rid ourselves of clinical, domestic, and agricultural pathogens and pests...

5th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics

May 18, 2018 Comments (0)

The IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) aims to be the flagship annual meeting spanning the interdisciplinary field of Data Science. DSAA focuses on the science of data science, as well as the implications of the science for applications to industry, government, and society. From the science side, DSAA spans all of the component fields of data science, including statistics, probabilistic and mathematical modeling, machine learning, data mining and...

CSS Senior Scientific Award 2018

May 18, 2018 Comments (0)

The CSS promotes the Senior Scientific Award to recognize the scientific career of CSS members. It will be awarded once a year to members who have achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS. Source: cssociety.org

CSS Junior Scientific Awards 2018

May 18, 2018 Comments (0)

The CSS promotes the Junior Scientific Award to recognize the excellence in the scientific career of young CSS members. It will be awarded once a year to a maximum of two young researchers (up to ten years after PhD completion) who have achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS. Source: cssociety.org

BrainComputing: Theoretical Neuroscience and its Applications, CCS18 Satellite

May 18, 2018 Comments (0)

Neuroscience is a highly interdisciplinary field focused on uncovering the dynamics of brain and, more in general, the complex functions and structures of neural systems. These topics constitute paradigmatic examples of complex systems, and can be studied by using different frameworks, spanning from nonlinear dynamics to complex networks. In addition, the increasing availability of data coming from tools like fMRI, EEG, and others, has strongly supported new investigations. At the same time,...

10 Breakthrough Technologies Making Promising Progress in 2018

May 18, 2018 Comments (0)

Dueling neural networks. Artificial embryos. AI in the cloud. Welcome to our annual list of the 10 technology advances we think will shape the way we work and live now and for years to come.   Every year since 2001 the people at Technology Review have picked what they call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly is meant by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of the picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may...

The reachability of contagion in temporal contact networks: how disease latency can exploit the rhythm of human behavior

May 16, 2018 Comments (0)

The reproductive potential of pathogens is linked inextricably to the host social behavior required for transmission. We propose that future work should consider contact periodicity in models of disease dynamics, and suggest the possibility that disease control strategies may be designed to optimize against the effects of synchronization.   The reachability of contagion in temporal contact networks: how disease latency can exploit the rhythm of human behaviorEwan ColmanEmail author,...

How Networks Learn An Interview with Cesar Hidalgo

May 14, 2018 Comments (0)

In this episode, Haley talks with physicist, complexity scientist, and MIT professor, Cesar Hidalgo. Hidalgo discusses his interest in the physics of networks and complex system science and shares why he believes these fields are so important. He talks about his book, Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies, which takes a scientific look at global economic complexity. Hidalgo also shares how economic development is linked to making networks more knowledgeable....

ICCS 2018 T-Shirt Design Contest

May 14, 2018 Comments (0)

The ICCS Executive Committee invites you to submit an original design to be featured on the official conference t-shirts. The design should incorporate complex systems ideas or concepts. Designs should be submitted by June 10, 2018. The ICCS Executive Committee will select the winner and announce their decision on June 20, 2018. The winning contestant will receive two free t-shirts printed with their design, public recognition of their achievement, and the choice of (a) two free tickets to the...