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

6th UNDERSTANDING
C S O Y M S P T L E E M X S

Symposium

Focus this year: Molecular Origin of Life and Dynamics of Information, Energy and Water Flows on Evolving Networks


UCS 2006 Images by Russ Abbott

Slides and Audio Files for each Session

Poster and Paper Competition Results

May 15-18, 2006
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The symposium Understanding Complex Systems is designed to bring together researchers from many academic disciplines and industry and stimulate cross-disciplinary research activities to build and advance the Complex Systems Research community. 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. One session will be on defense issues, ranging from agent simulations of insurgencies to landmine counter-measures.

Keywords: computational complexity, algorithmic complexity, minimal algorithms, NP-complete, cell as a system, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology, informatics, chaos fractals, neural nets, genetic algorithms, nonlinear dynamics, cellular automata, avalanches, granular materials

The conference helps to build the Complex Systems research community. In addition, it offers all presenters of posters and talks an excellent opportunity to publish high quality research quickly in the journal Complexity through an accelerated referee process. Complexity is a leading journal in the field.

Opening Keynote Talk:
Paul Lauterbur, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

After Dinner Talk:
Ruth Watkins, Vice Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
introduced by Charles Zukoski, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Invited Talks:
Russ Abbott, Computer Science, California State University, Los Angeles
Jürgen Altmann, Experimentelle Physik III, Universität Dortmund, Germany
Hassan Aref, Reynolds Metals Professor of Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech
Gerold Baier, Professor of Biophysics, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico
Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute
Robert Bauer, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, UIUC
Pascal Bellon, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Eshel Ben-Jacob, The Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems, Former President of the Israel Physical Society, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Samuel Beshers, Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Entomology, UIUC
Erez Braun, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Gregory J. Chaitin, IBM Watson Research Center, New York
Wayne Davis, Professor, General Engineering, UIUC
Ian Dobson, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eytan Domany, The Henry J. Leir Professorial Chair, Department of Physics of Complex Systems, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Lawrence Erickson, ACDIS, UIUC
Michael Findley, Department of Political Science, UIUC
Judith Gebauer, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, UIUC
David E. Goldberg, Director of the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, Professor of General Engineering, UIUC
Walter Goldburg, Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh
Nigel Goldenfeld, Professor of Physics, UIUC
George Gumerman, Senior Scholar, School of American Research
Kimberly Hill, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
Alfred W. Hubler, Professor of Physics, UIUC (chair)
Allen Hunt, Associate Professor of Physics, Wright State University
Eric Jakobsson, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biochemistry, UIUC
Harold Klein, General & Strategic Management Department, Temple University
Trudy Kriven, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC
Praveen Kumar, Associate Professor of Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC
Upmanu Lall, Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering; Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Herbert Levine, Professor of Physics, UCSD
Albert Luo, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Zaida Luthey-Schulten, Professor of Chemistry, UIUC
Jacqueline MacDonald, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Gottfried Mayer-Kress, Adjunct Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University
Munir Nayfeh, Professor of Physics, UIUC
G�tz Neuneck, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy Hamburg (IFSH), Germany
Gary Olsen, Professor of Microbiology, UIUC
Norman Packard, CEO of ProtoLife, Chairman of the Science Steering Committee of the Santa Fe Institute
John Padgett, Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago
Punit Parmananda, Physics, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico
Itamar Procaccia, The Barbara and Morris L. Levinson Professorial Chair in Chemical Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Carlos Puente, Professor of Hydrology, UC Davis
Bruce Rhoads, Professor and Head of Geography Department, UIUC
John Ross, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Stanford University
Alvin Saperstein, Professor of Physics, Fellow of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University
Bruce Schatz, Interim Department Head, Medical Information Science, UIUC
Jürgen Scheffran, Research Scientist, Arms Control, Disarmament, International Security, UIUC
Hava Siegelmann, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Murugesu Sivapalan, Professor of Geography and Civil & Environmental Engineering, UIUC
Deborah Thurston, Interim Head, General Engineering, UIUC
John Tyson, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Bruce J. West, Chief Scientist, Mathematical & Information Sciences Directorate, US Army Research Office
Brenda Wilson, Department of Microbiology, ACDIS, UIUC

Tutorials

Schedule

List of Participants and Abstracts (In progress)

Please check the previous symposium UCS2005:
UCS2005 webpage and Conference Pictures: Monday (05/16/2005), Tuesday (05/17/2005), Wednesday (05/18/2005)
UCS2005 Video Summaries, Slides and Audio Files for each Session, Student Competition Results

Call for Papers: All participants are welcome to contribute a 30-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 by E-mail to a-hubler@uiuc.edu and indicate on your registration form the type of your presentation. The conference schedule will be updated daily.

The conference offers an excellent opportunity to publish high quality research quickly in the journal COMPLEXITY through an accelerated referee process. COMPLEXITY is a leading journal in the field.

If you intend to communicate a paper at the preprint table, please bring a sufficient number of copies of your paper to the symposium.

There will be a competition for the best poster by a junior researcher (non-tenured) and a competition for the best business talk by a junior researcher (non-tenured).

Organizing Committee:
Eshel Ben-Jacob, Physics, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Eric Jakobsson, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biochemistry, UIUC, U.S.A.
Hava Siegelmann, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.
Alfred W. Hubler, Physics, UIUC, U.S.A. (chair)

Local Organizing Committee:
Tom Anastasio, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biophysics, Computer Science, UIUC, tja@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-2895
Samuel N. Beshers, Entomology, UIUC, beshers@pop.life.uiuc.edu, (217) 333-4971
Robert M. Clegg, Physics, UIUC, rclegg@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-8143
Noshir Contractor, Speech Communication & Psychology, UIUC, nosh@uiuc.edu, (217) 333-7780
Karin Dahmen, Physics, UIUC, dahmen@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-8873
Wayne Davis, General Engineering, UIUC, wdavis1@uiuc.edu, (217) 333-0531
Alfred W. Hubler, Physics, UIUC, a-hubler@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-5892
Praveen Kumar, Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, UIUC, kumar1@uiuc.edu, (217)333-4688
William Sanders, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, whs@crhc.uiuc.edu, (217) 333-0345
Bruce Schatz, Interim Department Head, Medical Information Science, UIUC, schatz@igb.uiuc.edu, (217) 244-0651
Alex Scheeline, Chemistry, UIUC, scheelin@uiuc.edu, (217) 333-2999
J�rgen Scheffran, Arms Control, Disarmament, International Security, UIUC, scheffra@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-0463

Event Coordinator: Eila Stiegler, stiegler@uiuc.edu, (217) 419-1798

Advisory Board

Conference Staff

Paper Publications:

    All registered participants 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 which they were received. We accept all electronic file formats, but we recommend the use of PDF, MS Word, or HTML. The papers will stay online for a couple of years. The papers will be removed from the web server at the authors request.

    Longterm Journal Publication. All registered participants are invited to submit a research paper for publication in the journal COMPLEXITY (click here for authors instructions) through an accelerated referee process. The conference papers will be in two issues of the journal Complexity. The deadline for research paper submissions for the first issue is September 30, 2006. The deadline for the second issue is November 15, 2006. The research papers should be submitted to the editorial office of Complexity by email (complexity2@comcast.net) or mail (Joleen Rocque-Frank, PO Box 6865, Santa Fe, NM 87502, U.S.A.) and labeled as "invited conference paper".

    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
All facilities in which UCS2006 is held are handicap accessible and equipment will be supplied upon request for any persons with disabilities.

Mailing Address:
Alfred W. Hubler
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 W Green Street
Urbana IL 61801
Transportation and Lodging: It is often very expensive to fly directly to Champaign-Urbana's local airport. Many visitors (particularly international visitors) choose instead to fly into the nearest major international airport, Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and then travel to Champaign-Urbana by a charter bus or by train. If you need maps or driving directions, click here. You might also want to check today's Chicago area traffic congestion map.

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 Champaign 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

For questions about lodging and transportation please contact the event coordinator Eila Stiegler, stiegler@uiuc.edu, (217) 419-1798.

Conference Fee:
The regular conference fee is $290. For junior researchers, who do not receive any funding, we offer a discount fee of $240. The fee for early registration before April, 15, 2006 is only $190. The fee includes six issues of the journal Complexity (contain conference papers), continental breakfast and lunch May 15-18, 2006 and the speaker appreciation dinner. The conference fee for students is $45 with speaker appreciation dinner and $20 without the appreciation dinner. For UIUC students and faculty there is no conference fee, but a $38 charge for the speaker appreciation dinner and a $7.75 charge for lunch tickets. Click here for registration and payment.

A limited travel fund is available. It will be used primarily to encourage participation by underrepresented minorities and women graduate students. To apply for travel support, please email Alfred W. Hubler, a-hubler@uiuc.edu with

  • a one paragraph summary of research or policy involvement with complex systems
  • either a poster title or statement of why you wish to participate in the conference
  • contact information.
Major sponsors of this conference series:
Funding for this conference was made possible in part by Grant # 1 R13 GM079069-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

The conference is supported by NSF CHE 0605830 from the National Science Foundation.

Office of the Chancellor, UIUC
Materials Computation Center, UIUC
College of Medicine, UIUC
Center for Complex Systems Research, UIUC
Applied Mathematics Program, UIUC

Center for Water As a Complex Environmental System, UIUC
Analytical Chemistry, UIUC
Center for Advanced Study, UIUC
Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, UIUC
Chemical Biology, UIUC
College of Business, UIUC
College of Engineering, UIUC
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, UIUC
Department of Bioengineering, UIUC
Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory, UIUC
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, UIUC
Neuroscience Program, UIUC
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, UIUC
Department of Bioengineering, UIUC
Institute for Genomic Biology, UIUC
Walgreen Chair, Susan Kieffer, UIUC
Department of Geology, UIUC
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, UIUC
Department of Computer Science, UIUC
Beckman Institute, UIUC
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UIUC
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC
Biotechnology Center, UIUC
Department of Mathematics, UIUC
Department of Material Science and Engineering, UIUC
Department of Geology, UIUC
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UIUC
Department of Entomology, UIUC
To register please click here. The sooner you register the better the time slot of your presentation.





















































































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