The 8th Understanding Complex Systems Symposium will be May 12-15, 2008 at the UIUC



Complexity in Physical
and Biological Structures,
Medicine & Ecology

May 13-15, 2002
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The symposium, which will bring together researchers from many academic 
disciplines and from industry, should stimulate cross-disciplinary 
research activities. A small group of distinguished invited speakers will 
review the field of complex systems research. May 13 is reserved for tutorials 
and workshops. Research presentations are on May 14 and May 15.

The organizers will provide information about funding opportunities for 
complex systems research and promote linkages for interdisciplinary proposals.

Please check the www page for the previous symposium (2000). 
Please check the www page for the 2003 symposium.

List of Invited Talks: 

Click here for Videos and Sound of the Presentations

Narendra Ahuja, UIUC, Beckman Institute Samuel Beshers, UIUC, Entomology Sahraoui Chaieb, UIUC, Beckman Institute Harry Cook, UIUC, General Engineering Martha Gillette, UIUC, Cell & Struct. Biology Rhanor Gillette, UIUC, Beckman Institute Paul Goldbart, UIUC & UC-Boulder, Physics Ray Goldstein, U of Arizona, Physics Enrico Gratton, UIUC, Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, Physics Matt Gordon, UIUC, Physics Taekjip Ha, UIUC, Physics Bruce Hannon, UIUC, Geography Allen Hunt, National Science Foundation Eric Jakobsson, UIUC, Bioinformatics Duane Johnson, UIUC, Materials Computation Center Barbara Kitchell, UIUC, VetMed David Kranz, UIUC, Biochemistry Paul Lauterbur, Center for Advanced Study, Chemistry, UIUC Herbert Levine, UCSD, Physics Leslie Loew, Center for Biomedical Imaging Technology, UConn. Health Ctr., Physiology Gottfried Mayer, PSU, Kinesiology & Complexity Digest Jay Mittenthal, UIUC, Cell & Structural Biology Munir Nayfeh, UIUC, Physics Yoshi Oono, UIUC, Physics Alex Scheeline, UIUC, Chemistry Michael Savageau, U of Michigan Medical School, Dept. of Microbiol. & Immun., Chair Paul Selvin, UIUC, Physics Klaus Schulten, UIUC, Beckman Institute Gregory Timp, UIUC, Electrical and Computer Engineering Bruce Wheeler, UIUC, Bioengineering John Whitmarsh, UIUC, Biophysics Pierre Wiltzius, UIUC, Beckman Institute Gerard Wong, UIUC, Bioengineering

Tutorials: On May 13, there will be three 2-hour hands-on tutorials that will teach basic concepts and build intuition (room 190, Engineering Sciences Building). No prerequisite knowledge is required. - Tutorial I, 10:00am: Chaos and Harmony - Tutorial II, 1:30pm: Tree-like Graphs and Fractals - Tutorial III, 3:30pm: Artificial Life - Cellular Automata, Genetic Algorithms, Neural Nets

Schedule (click here)

Abstracts (click here)

List of Participants (click here)

Call for Papers: All participants are welcome to contribute a 15-min. talk, or to present a poster in the poster session, or communicate a paper at the preprint table during the coffee breaks. Please send a brief (<150 words) abstract as soon as possible and indicate on your registration form the type of your presentation. The conference schedule will be updated daily. If you intend to communicate a paper at the preprint table, please bring a sufficient number of copies of your paper to the symposium.

Organizers: Robert M. Clegg,, (217) 244-8143 Karin Dahmen,, (217) 244-8873 Alfred W. Hubler,, (217) 244-5892

Paper Publications:

    All presenters are invited to submit a research paper.

    Instant Online Publication All submitted papers will be published within a few days on a web server with the date at with they were received. We accept all electronic file formats, but we recommend to use the PDF, MS Word, or HTML. The papers will stay online for a couple of years. The papers will removed from the web server at the authors request.

    Longterm Proceedings Publication with simple referee process. All papers submitted before June 1, 2002 be printed in a proceedings volume. The papers will be subject so a simple referee process. No paper will be turned down. The editor (Alfred W. Hubler) will forward referee comments to the authors as a recommendation. The proceedings volume will be given to the library of the UIUC department of Physics. Conference participants can order the proceedings online for a small fee.

    Longterm Journal Publication with a full referee process. All presenters are invited to submit a paper for publication in the journal COMPLEXITY. The papers submitted to the proceedings volume will be automatically forwarded to Complexity. Complexity has a strict, but author friendly referee process. Typically authors will take advantage of all three options for their paper.

Online WWW Video Recordings and Lecture Notes: COMPLEXITY Digest offers to record and post videos of the talks and to post lecture notes at no charge, subject to the permission of the speaker.

Location: 190 Engineering Sciences Building (Springfield Ave & Goodwin Ave) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana IL, 61801, USA

Mailing Address: Department of Physics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1110 W Green Street Urbana IL 61801

Click here for Hotel Information. Several hotels offer free shuttle from the airport. In addition there is a shuttle service from the Champaign airport to the university (reservation required: Corky's 217 - 352 3121). Click here for Visitor Info, Complete Hotel Listing, Going Out, Weather

Conference Fee: None. Everyone who registers by May 12 will receive a FREE LUNCH on May 14 and on May 15.

Limited Travel Funds for Young Researchers Graduate students, post docs, and junoir faculty can apply for travel funds of up to 200 US Dollars. Please indicate the request on the application form and submit your CV. We will respond to the request within a few days of the application. The evaluation of the request is based on the avaiability of funds, the achievements of the applicant, and the relevance of the applicants paper to the conference topic.

Sponsors: Office of Naval Research Department of Physics,UIUC Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, UIUC Center for Complex Systems Research, UIUC Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC Department of General Engineering, UIUC Materials Computation Center, UIUC Geology Department, UIUC Beckman Institute, UIUC COMPLEXITY Journal COMPLEXITY Digest Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, UIUC Santa Fe Institute

Staff Schedule (Click here)

To register please send the following form by e-mail to Alfred Hubler ( Register now. The sooner you register the better the time slot of your presentation. Main sponsor of the 2002 symposium is the Office of Naval Research. ========================================================== UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX SYSTEMS SYMPOSIUM MAY 13-15, 2002 REGISTRATION FORM Name (as it appears on the name tag) ___________________ Discipline ____________________ Affiliation ____________________ WWW homepage____________________ E-mail ____________________ Phone ____________________ Street Address ____________________ City, State, Zip ____________________ I would like to ( ) give a 25-min. presentation, entitled ________________ ___________________________________________________________ ( ) present a poster, entitled ___________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ( ) participate in the symposium ( ) participate in Tutorial I - Chaos and Harmony (*) ( ) participate in Tutorial II - Tree-Graphs and Fractals (*) ( ) participate in Tutorial III - Artificial Life (*) ( ) sign up for the FREE LUNCH(**). ( ) request travel funds for young researchers (***) (*) 25 people maximum (**) only available for registrations mailed by May 12. (***) please submit a CV to Alfred W. Hubler Please e-mail this form to Alfred Hubler Edit