Understanding Complex Systems

Schedule

Location: Loomis Lab of Physics (Goodwin & Green),
1110 W Green Street, Urbana

Monday, May 12, 2008



8:30am Continental Breakfast and Poster Setup, Loomis Lobby



Session M1a 141 Loomis chaired by Alfred Hubler

8:50am Welcoming Remarks by Chip Zukoski (czokoski@staff.uiuc.edu), UIUC Vice Chancelor for Research and Dale J. Van Harlingen (dvh@uiuc.edu), Head of the UIUC Physics Department

9:00am Tim Buchman (buchman@wustl.edu), fmr President of the Assoc. of Critical Care Doctors, School of Medicine, Washington University Keynote Address Audio



10:00am Coffee Break



Session M1b, 141 Loomis chaired by Alfred Hubler

10:15am David Campbell (dkcampbe@bu.edu), Provost, Boston University, "The Legacy of FPU" (keynote) Abstract Slides

11:00am Leo Kadanoff (l-kadanoff@uchicago.edu), fmr President of the American Physical Society, U Chicago, Keynote Slides



12:00pm Lunch at the Illini Union Ballroom



Session M2a, 141 Loomis chaired by Hava Siegelmann

1:00pm Klaus Schulten (kschulte@ks.uiuc.edu), Director of the Theoretical Biophysics Group, UIUC, "Brownian Ratchet Seen in Action: How Directional Translocation is Regulated by a DNA Helicase Motor" (keynote) Abstract Audio

1:40pm Brian White (bewhite@mitre.org), The MITRE Corporation - Director, Systems Engineering Process Office, "On Complex Adaptive Systems Engineering" Abstract Slides Audio Paper

2:10pm Bruce West (bruce.j.west@us.army.mil), Chief Scientist, Mathematical & Information Science Directorate, Army Research "Office Global Warming as a Problem in Statistical Physics" Slides Audio

2:40pm Sascha Hilgenfeldt (sascha@uiuc.edu), MechSE, UIUC, "Mechanics of Morphogenesis: The Fly Eye" Abstract Audio



3:10pm Coffee & Ice Cream



Session M2b, 141 Loomis chaired by Wayne Davis

3:30pm Maciej Swat (mswat@indiana.edu), Biocomplexity Institute, Indiana University, Modeling Complexity of Biological Systems: Approaches, challenges and partial answers. Multi-cell modeling with CompuCell3D" Abstract Slides Audio

4:00pm Abbas Shirinifard (ashirini@indiana.edu), Biocomplexity Institute, Indiana University, "Instability Mechanisms and Wavelength Selection during Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis" Abstract Slides Audio


Session M3, BCL celebration, 141 Loomis chaired by Stuart Umpleby (umpleby@gwu.edu)

4:30pm Karl Mueller, director of the Vienna Institute for Social Documentation and Methodology in Vienna, "The Biological Computer Laboratory: An Unfinished Revolution of an Unfinished Revolution" Abstract Slides Audio

5:10pm Ricardo Uribe, Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, "Paradoxes and nontrivial machines." Abstract Audio



5:50 pm Poster Session & Pizza



Yu-Feng Lin (yflin@uiuc.edu), Illinois State Water Survey and UIUC, "A Framework for Accurate Estimation of Geospatial Models from Sparse Field Measurements Using Image Processing and Machine Learning" Abstract

Ben Ruddell (bruddell@gmail.com), Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, "Analysis of a Wolfpack Scenario by Quantifying Initiative " Abstract

Hiroki Sayama (sayama@binghamton.edu), Bioengineering Binghamton University, State University of New York, "Complex Systems as a Foundation for Bioengineering" Abstract Slides

Paul Simonson, Medicine, UIUC, "Decoding Kinesin's Asymmetric Walk Through Microtubule Rotation Experiments" Abstract

Yilin Wu, Physics, University of Notre Dame, "Social interactions in Myxobacterial Swarming" Abstract

Leann Lesperance, Binghamton University




Session M4, 141 Loomis

6:20pm Panel Discussion: Cybernetics, Complex Systems, and Understanding Understanding - The Work of the Biological Computer Laboratory, 1958-1975 Audio

The field of cybernetics originated in the Macy Foundation conferences held in New York City between 1946 and 1953. Chaired by Warren McCulloch, the participants included Norbert Wiener, John von Neumann, Gregory Bateson, Margaret Mead, Ross Ashby, and Heinz von Foerster. Von Foerster established the Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL) at the University of Illinois in 1958. He served as director until 1975 when he retired and moved to California. The laboratory was then closed. The research agenda of BCL was very similar to the field now known as cognitive science. However, few people in cognitive studies in the U.S. are familiar with von Foerster or the work done at BCL. Meanwhile a Heinz von Foerster Society has been established in his home city of Vienna, Austria, and several books have been written describing BCL as an example of a highly productive research team. The work conducted at BCL continues to inspire leading edge research 30 years after it closed. This panel will discuss the ideas developed at BCL in the 1960s and 1970s, how they were generated, why they have received more attention in Europe than the U.S., and how they are currently being developed. Stuart Umpleby will chair the panel on BCL.

Crayton Walker (walker@uconn.edu), Professor Emeritus of Operations and Information Management at the University of Connecticut, will discuss what it was like doing research in BCL's unusual intellectual climate. He will describe his early work at BCL with Ross Ashby studying complex systems.

Klaus Krippendorff (kkrippendorff@asc.upenn.edu), Gregory Bateson Term Professor for Cybernetics, Language, and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, will reflect on W. Ross Ashby's role in the development of cybernetics as distinct from systems science, his vision of the field and his role in BCL.

Karl Mueller, director of the Vienna Institute for Social Documentation and Methodology in Vienna, a social science data archive, will speak about the contributions of BCL to cognitive studies and the social sciences. He is co-editor of An Unfinished Revolution? and other books about Heinz von Foerster. He is co-founder of the Heinz von Foerster Society.

Ranulph Glanville (moderators@internetevolution.com), incoming president of ASC and a consultant to academic institutions, will describe how the subject of research at BCL "circularity and conversation" influenced the operating style of BCL.

Stuart Umpleby (umpleby@gwu.edu), will provide an overview of the systems sciences from the 1940s to the present, comparing several schools of thought and emphasizing cybernetics and complex systems. He will explain the evolution of cybernetics and why the later work in cybernetics is more well-known in Europe than the U.S.



7:25pm short Break



Special Session M5: Beyond the Edge of Science - Though Provoking Ideas and Concepts, 141 Loomis, chaired by Vadas Gintautas

7:30pm Alfred Hubler (a-hubler@uiuc.edu), UIUC, "Experimental Evidence for Mixed Reality States" Abstract Slides Audio

8:00pm Wayne Davis (wdavis1@uiuc.edu), Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC, "Imagineering America's Transportation Systems" Abstract Slides Audio

8:30pm Carlos Puente (cepuente@ucdavis.edu), Department of Land, Water, and air Resources, UC Davis, "Chaos Theory as an Invitation to Peace" Abstract Slides Audio

Tuesday, May 13, 2008



7:30am Continental Breakfast, Loomis Lobby



Tutorial 1, 158 Loomis

8:00am Stuart A. Umpleby (umpleby@gwu.edu), The George Washington University, "Engineering Cybernetics--Adaptation and Self-Organization" Abstract Slides

Session T1a, 141 Loomis chaired by Martin Singleton

8:00am Val Bykovsky (val.bykovsky@gmail.com), Space Dynamics Lab, Utah State University, Logan, UT, "Experimenting Systems: An Experiment as a Logic Unit to Build an Exploration Logic" Abstract Slides-1 Slides-2 Audio

8:30am Ashish Bhan (abhan@uci.edu), Institute for Genomic and Bioinformatics, University of California, Irvine, "Estimating the significance of literature-derived biological networks" Abstract Slides Audio

9:00am David Wolpert (David.H.Wolpert@nasa.gov), NASA Ames Research Center, "Recent developments on the physical limits of inference" Abstract Slides Audio




Session T1b, 151 Loomis chaired by Peter Fleck (fleck@uiuc.edu)

8:00am Robert Leve (leve@hartford.edu), Psychology, University of Hartford, "Experimental Verification of Cognitive Overload" Abstract Slides

8:30am Manuel Marques Pita (marquesm@indiana.edu), Informatics, Indiana University, The Gulbenkian Institute of Science, and Portland State University, "AitanaRBN: Representational Redescription of Boolean Networks" Abstract

9:00am Yue-Kin Tsang (ktsang@ucsd.edu), Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California, San Diego, "Energy-Enstrophy Stability of beta-plane Kolmogorov Flow with Drag" Abstract

Session T1c, 136 Loomis chaired by Davit Sivil

8:00am Ben Ruddell (bruddell@gmail.com), Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, "An Information Theoretic Approach for the Analysis of Complex Ecohydrologic Systems"

8:30am Beverly McCarter (bgmccarter@hmsystems.net), Human Mosaic Systems, LLC, "Social Aspects of Complexity: Self-Organizational Dynamics" Abstract

9:00am Carlos Puente (cepuente@ucdavis.edu), Department of Land, Water, and air Resources, UC Davis, and Andrea Cortis Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Understanding Complexity: A Geometric Perspective" Abstract

Session T1d, 137 Loomis chaired by Tim Wotherspoon

8:00am Scott A. Hill (sahill@mailaps.org), Physics, University of Dallas, "An attempted model for dynamic centrality in complex networks" Abstract

8:30am Bruce Miller (b.miller@tcu.edu), Physics, Texas Christian University, "Multifractal Investigation of One Dimensional Models of the Expanding Universe" Abstract

9:00am Ben Ruddell (bruddell@gmail.com), Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, "Analysis of a Wolfpack Scenario by Quantifying Initiative" Abstract



9:30am Coffee Break



Session T2, 141 Loomis chaired by Hava Siegelmann (hava@cs.umass.edu)

9:50am Itamar Procaccia, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel "Undoing the Complexity of the Glass-Transition" (keynote) Abstract Slides Audio

10:30am Eva Hudlicka (hudlicka@ieee.org), President of Psychometrix Associates, Inc., "Challenges in Modeling the Dynamics of Emotions" Abstract Slides Audio

11:00am Albert "Skip" Rizzo (arizzo@usc.edu), Creative Technologies, Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, "Clinical Virtual Reality for Mental Disorders and Rehabilitation" Abstract Audio

11:30am Aaron Sloman (A.Sloman@cs.bham.ac.uk), School of Computer Science The University of Birmingham, England, "Requirements for a human-like information processing architecture that builds itself by interacting with a rich environment " Abstract Audio



12:00pm Lunch at the Illini Union Ballroom



Session T3, 141 Loomis chaired by Alfred Hubler

1:00pm Arnold Mandell (ajmandell@charter.net), Vice President and Director of Research, Cielo Institute, "Frequency Tagged States of Consciousness; Selection, Stabilization and Synchronziation " (keynote) Abstract Slides Video Audio

1:40pm Martin Paulus (mpaulus@ucsd.edu), Psychiatry, UCSD Slides Audio

2:10pm Tommi Raij (raij@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu), Radiology, Harvard Medical School, "Time Hierarchy in the Cerebral Cortex" Abstract

2:40pm Tansu Celikel (celikel@usc.edu), Neurobiology, University of Southern California, "What is in a touch? Redundancy in sensory information during haptic exploration and its role for decision-making." Abstract Audio



3:10pm Coffee & Ice Cream Break



Session T4, 141 Loomis chaired by Harold Klein

3:25pm Fritz Sommer (fsommer@berkeley.edu), Redwood Neuroscience Institute, Berkeley, "Network dynamics in the early visual system and its possible functions" Slides Audio

3:55pm Kevin Spencer (kevin_spencer@hms.harvard.edu), Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, "Neural Dynamics in Schizophrenia" Abstract Slides Audio

4:25pm David Dingli (dingli.david@mayo.edu), Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, "Architecture and Dynamics of Normal and Abnormal Hematopoiesis" Abstract Slides Audio



4:55pm Short Coffee Break



Session T5, 141 Loomis chaired by Wayne Davis

5:00pm Philip Phillips (dimer@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Hidden Charge 2e boson in Doped Mott Insulators: Theory of the Normal state of the Cuprate Superconductors" Abstract Slides

5:30pm Laura Greene (lhg@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC Abstract Slides

6:00pm Alfred Hubler (a-hubler@guiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Predicting the growth of ramified networks" Abstract Slides

6:30pm end of session



6:30pm Reception at the Levis Faculty Cener

7:00pm Conference Dinner at the Levis Faculty Center

8:00pm Welcoming remarks by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Ilesanmi Adesida (iadesida@uiuc.edu)

After Dinner Presentation: Hava Siegelmann (hava@cs.umass.edu), Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Wednesday, May 14, 2008



7:30am Continental Breakfast, Loomis Lobby



Tutorial 2, 158 Loomis

8:00am Stuart A. Umpleby (umpleby@gwu.edu), The George Washington University, "Biological Cybernetics--Cognition and Self-Reference" Abstract Slides




Session W1a, 141 Loomis chaired by Tim Wotherspoon

8:00am Arnomitra Chatterjee (arnomitra@veccal.ernet.in), Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, India, "Markov Property of Continuous Dislocation Band propagation" Abstract

8:30am Phil Fraundorf (pfraundorf@umsl.edu), Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri-StL, "Measures of useful information in layered networks" Abstract Slides Audio

9:00am David Wolpert (David.H.Wolpert@nasa.gov), NASA Ames Research Center, "It can be smart to be stupid" Abstract Slides Audio




Session W1b, 151 Loomis chaired by Peter Fleck (fleck@uiuc.edu)

8:00am Marko Puljic (mpuljic@memphis.edu), Computational Neurodynamics Laboratory Computer Science, University of Memphis, "Chaos by Probabilistic Cellular Automata" Abstract

8:30am Ali Mostashari (amostash@stevens.edu), Center for Complex Adaptive Sociotechnological Systems, "Information Dynamics in Hierarchical Organizational Networks" Abstract Slides

9:00am Arthur McGurn (arthur.mcgurn@wmich.edu), Physics, Western Michigan University, "Cavities of Crystal Light: Electronically Injected Photonic Crystal Microcavity Light Source May Realize High-Efficiency Single-Mode LED's" Abstract Slides

Session W1c, 136 Loomis chaired by Davit Sivil

8:00am Hakan Yasarcan (yasarcanh@yahoo.com), Australian School of Business (Incorporating AGSM), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, "Improving performances of Novices in Dynamic Managerial Simulation Games: Gradual-Increase-in-Complexity Approach" Abstract

8:30am Ting-ting Mao, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Southern Illinois, "Stick and non-stick phenomena in a two degrees of freedom oscillator on a traveling belt" Abstract

9:00am William Sulis (sulisw@mcmaster.ca), Collective Intelligence Laboratory , McMaster University, "Stochastic Phase Decoupling in Random Graphical Dynamical Systems" Abstract

Session W1d, 137 Loomis chaired by Martin Singleton

8:00am Denton Cockburn (diboss@hotmail.com), "Social Genetic Search Algorithm" Abstract

9:30am Bradly Alicea (freejumper@yahoo.com), Cognitive Science and Quantitative Biology and Modeling, Michigan State University, "Morphological Scaling, Behavior, and Evolution: computational and experimental approaches to the genotype-phenotype problem." Abstract

9:00am Yu Guo, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Southern Illinois, "Switching Mechanism of Periodic and Chaotic Motions in an Extended Fermi-acceleration Oscillator" Abstract



9:30am Coffee Break



Session W2, 141 Loomis chaired by Harold Klein

9:40am Yaneer Bar-Yam (yaneer@necsi.org), President of NECSI Keynote Audio

10:20am Jack Tomarchio (jack.tomarchio@dhs.gov), U. S. Department of Homeland Security, "Complexities Inherent in Homeland Security Intelligence" (Keynote) Audio

11:00am Thomas J. Anastasio (tja@uiuc.edu), Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, UIUC, "Memory and Forgetting: Analogous Processes on Individual and Collective Levels" Abstract Slides Audio

11:30am Hiroki Sayama (sayama@binghamton.edu), Bioengineering Binghamton University, State University of New York, "Self-Organization of Heterogeneous Self-Propelled Particle Swarms" Abstract Audio



12:00pm Lunch at the Illini Union Ballroom



Session W3, 141 Loomis chaired by Alfred Hubler

1:00pm Stephen Wolfram (s.wolfram@wolfram.com), Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, "The Computational Universe in 2008" Abstract Audio

2:30pm Duane Johnson (duanej@uiuc.edu), Director of the Material Computation Center, UIUC Keynote Audio

3:10pm Nina Fefferman (feferman@math.princeton.edu), Princeton University Audio



3:40pm Coffee & Ice Cream Break



Session W4, 141 Loomis chaired by Wayne Davis

4:00pm Harold Klein (klein@temple.edu), Fox School of Business, Temple University, The "Complex" in the Mind's Eye (or What You "See" Isn't Necessarily What You "Get") Slides Audio

4:30pm Adam Pilarski (adam.pilarski@dnv.com), Senior Vice President, AVITAS, "Complex Systems, the simple version: The case of aircraft values" Abstract Slides Video-1 Video-2 Audio

5:00pm Allen Hunt (allen.hunt@wright.edu), Physics, Wright State University, "Relevance of Percolation Theory to Power-law Behavior of Dynamic Processes Including Transport in Disordered Media" Abstract Slides Audio

5:30pm Albert Luo (aluo@siue.edu), Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Southern Illinois, "Nonlinear behaviors of a gear-pair transmission system with impacts" Abstract Slides Audio


6:00pm-10pm Dinner reception for all participants of both conferences (UCS2008 and the 2008 conference of the American Society for Cybernetics) at the home of Alfred Hubler, 310 W California, Urbana.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tutorial 3, 158 Loomis
8:00am Stuart A. Umpleby (umpleby@gwu.edu), The George Washington University, "Social Cybernetics--Reflexivity and Social Change" Abstract Slides



7:30am Continental Breakfast, Loomis Lobby



Session R1a, 141 Loomis, chaired by Peter Fleck (fleck@uiuc.edu)

8:00am Vadim Zharnitsky (vz@math.uiuc.edu), Mathematics, UIUC, "Quasilinear dynamics in nonlinear evolution equations" Abstract Audio

8:30am Chris Rao (chris@scs.uiuc.edu), Chemistry, UIUC, "How cells count: Flagellar regulation in S. typhimurium" Abstract

9:00am David Wolpert (David.H.Wolpert@nasa.gov), NASA Ames Research Center, "A Predictive Theory of Games" Abstract Slides

9:30am John Kolinski (kolinski@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Motor Banter: Experiments on Dynamic Synchronization" Abstract




Session R1b, 151 Loomis chaired by Martin Singleton


8:00am Alexander Silchenko (a.silchenko@fz-juelich.de), Institute of Neuroscience and Biophysics 3 - Medicine, Research Center Juelich, Germany, "Computational modeling of paroxysmal depolarization shifts in neurons induced by the glutamate release from astrocytes" Abstract

8:30am Walter Riofrio (Walter.Riofrio@terra.com.pe), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, "What makes that a representation has the content it does?" Abstract

9:00am Aziz Raouak (rouak@efet.ac.ma), Ecole Francais Ensignement Techique, "Guiding Center Trajectories" Abstract

9:30am Scott Rzechula (Rzechula@SBCglobal.net), fmr. principal, Chicago School System, Rzechula@SBCglobal.net, "Cybernetics as an Art: Reflections and Anecdotal Illustrations of the Application of Second-Order Cybernetics in the Management of a Chicago Public School" Abstract




Session R1c, 136 Loomis chaired by Davit Sivil


8:00am Bing Xue, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Southern Illinois, "An Analytical prediction of regular and chaotic motions in the Chua's Circuit System" Abstract

8:30am Brian Raczkowski (raczkwsk@uiuc.edu), Electrical and Computer engineering, UIUC, "Ensuring survival of equilibrium after any single line outage in a power system network" Abstract

9:00am Buddhi Rai (buddhi.m.rai@wmich.edu), Physics, Western Michigan University, "Interaction of two different waveguide modes in Kerr media photonic crystal" Abstract

9:30am Yang Wang, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Southern Illinois, "The Stochastic Dynamics of a 1-DOF System under Random Discontinuous Piecewise Forcing" Abstract




Session R1d, 137 Loomis chaired by Tim Wotherspoon

8:00am Andrew Missel (missel@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Bacteria, Hopping Conduction, and First-Passage Percolation" Abstract

8:30am Neil Steiner (neil.steiner@isi.edu), Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, "Hardware-Software Interaction: Microscopics and Macroscopics Abstract

9:00am Alex Yahja (alexy@uiuc.edu), NCSA, UIUC, "Knowledge-rich dynamic social networks"

9:30am Nicholas Guttenberg (ngutten2@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Turbulence and the Wall Scaling of Momentum Transfer in 2D Pipes" Abstract



10:00am Coffee Break



Session R2, 141 Loomis, chaired by Wayne Davis

10:15am Richard Weaver (r-weaver@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Ultrasound in Regular and Irregular Bodies, Random Matrix Theory and classical elastic waves" Abstract Slides

10:45am Nikodem Poplawski (nipoplaw@indiana.edu), Department of Physics, Indiana University, "Interface Instabilities and Fingering in Growing Biofilms and Tumors" Abstract Slides

11:15am Alexei Koulakov (akula@cshl.edu), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, "Classifying Stimuli" Abstract

11:45am Vadas Gintautas (vgintau2@uiuc.edu), Physics, UIUC, "Resonant forcing of nonlinear systems of differential equations" Abstract Slides


12:15pm Lunch at the Illini Union Ballroom