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



Focus this year: Networks

May 17-20, 2004
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The symposium Understanding Complex Systems is designed to bring together researchers from many academic disciplines and industry and stimulate cross-disciplinary research activities. A small group of distinguished invited speakers will introduce key complex systems concepts in the context of their discipline. These invited plenary talks are on a 'Scientific American' level. Three hands-on tutorials are in parallel with technical sessions, covering the most recent research findings. The organizers will provide information about funding opportunities for complex systems research and promote linkages for interdisciplinary proposals.

Keywords: networks (regulatory, cellular, molecular, metabolic, neural, computer, signaling, social, production), food webs, bio-informatics, systems biology, cybernetics, artificial life, evolving societies, adaptive agent systems, evolution, attractors far from equilibrium, rare events, avalanches, self-assembly and self-repair of complicated materials, chaos, fractals, cellular automata, genetic algorithms, adaptive computation, data mining, game theory, fuzzy logic.

Keynote Talk:
Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Reseach, Champaign

After Dinner Talk:
Richard H. Herman, Provost, UIUC

Invited Plenary Talks:
Gul Agha, Computer Science, UIUC
Janice Bahr, Reproductive Biology, UIUC
Kevin E. Bassler, Physics, University of Houston
Sue Becker, Psychology, McMaster University
Eshel Ben-Jacob, Physics, Tel Aviv University
Katy Borner, Information Science, Indiana University
Denis Boyer, Physics, Universidad Nacional Aut�noma de M�xico
David Campbell, Engineering, Boston University
Sahraoui Chaieb, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC
Leon Chua, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Wayne Davis, General Engineering, UIUC
Radek Erban, Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Fabio Fonti, Organization Studies, Boston College
Rhanor Gillette, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, UIUC
James A. Glazier, Biocomplexity, Physics, Indiana University
Paul Goldbart, Physics, UIUC
Walter Goldburg, Physics, Pittsburgh University
Nigel Goldenfeld, Physics, UIUC
Caroline Haythornthwaite, Library & Information Science, UIUC
Richard H. Herman, Mathematics, Office of the Provost, UIUC
Kimberley Hill, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC
Glenn Hoetker, Business Administration, UIUC
Allen Hunt, Physics, Wright State University
E Atlee Jackson, Physics, UIUC
Eric Jakobsson, National Institutes of Health
Duane Johnson, Material Science and Engineering, UIUC
Jay Kesan, Law, UIUC
Susan W. Kieffer, Geology, UIUC
Kurt Kwast, Physiology, UIUC
Waltraud Kriven, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Daniel P. Lathrop, Physics, University of Maryland
Erik Luijten, Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Zan Luthey-Schulten, Chemistry, UIUC
Gottfried Mayer, Complexity Digest, Taipei, Taiwan
Paul Melby, Physics, Georgetown University
Feniosky Pe�a-Mora, Construction Management and Information Technology, UIUC
Munir Nayfeh, Physics, UIUC
Howard Petty, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan
Andrew A. Quong, Georgetown University
Hermann Riecke, Physics, Northwestern University
Gene E. Robinson, Entomology and Neuroscience, UIUC
Richard Rogers, New Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Leonard M. Sander, Physics, University of Michigan
Peter Schuster, Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria
Paul Selvin, Physics, UIUC
Joshua E. S. Socolar, Physics, Duke University
John J. Tyson, Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Andreas Wagner Biology, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Institute
Stan Wasserman, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics, Indiana University

There will be three 90min hands-on tutorials that will teach
basic concepts and build intuition.
No prerequisite knowledge is required.
- Tutorial I, May 18, 1:00pm, Chaos and Harmony
- Tutorial II, May 19, 1:00pm, Tree-like Graphs and Fractals
- Tutorial III, May 20, 1:00pm, Artificial Life - Cellular Automata,
                     Genetic Algorithms, Neural Nets
The tutorials are located in 141 Loomis Lab.

Schedule (Click here)

Abstracts (Click here)

List of Participants (Click here)

Please check the www page for the previous symposium. Click here for 2003 CONFERENCE PICTURES.

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.

Alfred W. Hubler, Physics, UIUC,, (217) 244-5892 (chair)
Jay E. Mittenthal, Cell and Structural Biology, UIUC,, (217) 333-4846
Robert M. Clegg, Physics, UIUC,, (217) 244-8143
Alex Scheeline, Chemistry, UIUC,, (217) 333-2999
Karin Dahmen, Physics, UIUC,, (217) 244-8873
Samuel N. Beshers, Entomology, UIUC,, (217) 333-4971
Noshir Contractor, Speech Communication & Psychology, UIUC,, (217) 333-7780
Tom Anastasio, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biophysics, Computer Science, UIUC,, (217) 244-2895

Event Coordinator: 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 Journal Publication. 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 both 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:
Alfred W. Hubler
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:
The regular conference fee is $200 ($190 early registration before May 1) and includes six issues of the journal Complexity (contain conference papers), continental breakfast and lunch May 17-20 and the speaker appreciation dinner). The conference fee for students is $50 ($45 early registration before May 1) with speaker appreciation dinner and $20 without the appreciation dinner. For UIUC students and faculty there is no conference fee, but a $30 charge for the speaker appreciation dinner. Click here for payment options.

Sponsors of this conference series:
Center for Complex Systems Research, UIUC
Materials Computation Center, UIUC
Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, UIUC
Center for Advanced Study, UIUC
Theoretical & Computational Biophysics, Beckman
Beckman Institute, UIUC
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC
College of Medicine, UIUC
Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory (IlliGAL)
Laboratory for Optical Physics and Engineering, UIUC
Neuroscience Program, UIUC
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, UIUC
Department of Physics, UIUC
Department of Chemistry, UIUC
Geology Department, Charles R. Walgreen Chair, UIUC
Dept. of Cell & Structural Biology
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC
College of Business, UIUC
Dept. of Economics, UIUC
College of Engineering
College of Law

Office of Naval Research

To register please pay the conference fee and send the following form by e-mail to Alfred Hubler ( Click here for payment options. Register now. The sooner you register the better the time slot of your presentation.

== Please cut and paste the below form into your E-mail editor and complete it ==
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                      MAY 17-20, 2004
                    REGISTRATION FORM

Name (as it appears on the name tag) ___________________
Discipline (research areas) ____________________________
Affiliation (department & univ.) _______________________
WWW homepage____________________________________________
E-mail      ____________________________________________
Phone       ____________________________________________

Mailing Address:
  City, State, Zip______________________________________

I would like to

( ) give a 15-min. presentation, entitled  ________________

( ) present a poster, entitled  ___________________________

( ) participate in the competition for the best student paper

( ) 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

Conference Fee:

[ ] $190 regular fee (includes 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, and speaker appreciation dinner, includes $100  proceedings)

[ ] $45 student fee (includes 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, and speaker appreciation dinner)

[ ] $20 reduced student fee includes 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch

[ ] fee waiver for UIUC faculty, students, includes 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch

[ ] $30 ticket for speaker appreciation dinner

Please e-mail this form to Alfred Hubler

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