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



Focus this year: Complex Materials and Processes

May 19-21, 2003
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 19 is reserved for tutorials 
and workshops. Research presentations are on May 20 and May 21.

Keywords: attractors far from equilibrium, living systems, production and control networks, rare events, evolving societies, avalanches, self-assembly and self-repair of complicated materials, chaos, irregular motion, fractals, cellular automata, agent based systems, networks, genetic algorithms, neural nets, adaptive computation, data mining, game theory, fuzzy logic.

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

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Invited Talks: 
Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute
Pascal Bellon, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Samuel Beshers, Entomology, UIUC
David Campbell, Dean College of Engineering, Boston University
Wayne Davis, General Engineering, UIUC
Sahraoui Chaieb, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, TAM, Beckman Institute, UIUC
Bulbul Chakraborty, Physics, Brandeis University
Elaine A. Chandler, Dynamics of Metals Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Walter Goldburg, Physics, Pittsburgh University
Mark Goulian, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
Bill Greenough, Head of Center for Advanced Studies, Psychology, UIUC
Susan W. Kieffer, Walgreen Chair, Geology, UIUC
Barbara Kitchell, Clinical Veterinary Medicine, UIUC
Paul Kwiat, Physics, UIUC
Waltraud M. Kriven, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Erik Luijten, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Paul Melby, Physics, Georgetown University
Frank Moss, Director of the Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri
Philip Phillips, Physics, UIUC
Ian Robertson, Head of Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC 
Mark Robbins, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University 
John Rogers, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Moonsub Shim, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Josh Socolar, Physics, Duke University
John Toner, Physics, University of Oregon
Alex Travesset, Physics, Iowa State University and Ames National Lab
Anzhong Wang, Physics, State University of Rio de Janeiro
Mike Weissman, Physics, UIUC
Pierre Wiltzius, Director of Beckman Institute, UIUC
Gerard Wong, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Don Wuebbles, Head of Atmospheric Sciences, UIUC

Tutorials: On May 19, there will be three 2-hour hands-on tutorials that will teach basic concepts and build intuition. 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 The tutorials are located in 141 Loomis Lab.

Schedule (click here)

Abstracts, Audio Recordings, Slides (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: Alfred W. Hubler,, (217) 244-5892 Duane D. Johnson,, Office: 217-265-0319 FAX:217-333-2736 Robert M. Clegg,, (217) 244-8143 Karin Dahmen,, (217) 244-8873 Conference Secretary: Peggy Pennell, (217) 244-7636 Conference Staff (click here)

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, 2003 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.

Book table: There will be a display with Complex Systems text books and journals. Location: 141 Loomis Lab (Green Street & 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

Transportation and Lodging: The twin cities Urbana and Champaign have an Amtrak station, Greyhound station, and a regional airport (Willard Airport, airport abbreviation: CMI - Champaign). Click here for Hotel Information for Urbana and for Champaign. Several hotels offer free shuttle from the airport. The MTD is an excellent public bus system connecting the campus with the airport and other locations in town. 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. The first 50 registrations will receive a FREE LUNCH on May 19 (tutorial participants), on May 20 and on May 21.

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

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. ========================================================== UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX SYSTEMS SYMPOSIUM MAY 19-21, 2003 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 15-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(*). (*) only available for the first 50 registrations. Please e-mail this form to Alfred Hubler Edit