International Conference on Complex Systems CFP


Call for Papers/Abstracts

The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science.

ICCS 2020 will be held July 26-31, 2020, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH



Abstract Submission and Proceedings Publication:

For presentation at the conference, authors should submit an abstract through EasyChair. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the online proceedings on the conference website. Authors of accepted abstracts also have the option of submitting full papers along with the abstracts. These papers will undergo peer review and a selected set of papers will be included in a print and electronic proceedings volume to be published by Springer. Submission of full papers is optional, but submitted papers must follow the guidelines given in the submission instructions. Make sure to register for the conference on the conference website in addition to submitting to EasyChair.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Workshop proposal: February 10, 2020

Abstract & full paper submission: March 2, 2020

Notification to authors: April 10, 2020

Camera-ready abstracts: April 20, 2020

Early registration: April 27, 2020

Camera-ready full papers: May 11, 2020
(full paper submission is optional)

Conference: July 26-31, 2020

ICCS Topics: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems. The themes are:


The relationship between components and collective properties and behaviors; the relationship of internal structure to external influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and fractals.

Complexity & Information

Defining and measuring complexity; characterizing the information necessary to describe complex systems; structuring, storing, accessing, distributing, visualizing and analyzing information describing complex systems; the dynamics of information and its computational characterization.

Dynamics & Self-Organization

Time series analysis and prediction; nonlinear dynamics and chaos; temporal correlations; the time scale of dynamic processes; spatio-temporal patterns; dynamic scaling; pattern formation; evolution, development and adaptation; interaction between internal dynamics and external inputs; programmability of self-organization.

Structures & Networks

Complex network topologies; multilayer and multiplex networks; dynamical networks; adaptive networks; temporal networks; network modeling and analysis; small-world and scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques and communities, modularity, degeneracy, redundancy, and substructure; network visualization.


Computer simulation; agent-based modeling; data-driven research; empirical approaches; machine learning; artificial intelligence; analytical methods; nonlinear statistics; soft computing; design/systemic design; games and gamification; qualitative methods; mixed methods; sensemaking; methods and tools for complex systems education.

The system categories are:

Mathematical, Physical & Chemical Systems

Non-equilibrium processes; hydrodynamics; glasses; nonlinear chemical dynamics; complex fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation in quantum and classical physical systems; supramolecular chemistry; spatio-temporal patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.

Bio-Molecular & Cellular Systems

Systems biology; protein and DNA folding; bio-molecular informatics; membranes; cellular response and communication; genetic regulation; gene cytoplasm interactions; development; cellular differentiation; primitive multicellular organisms; the immune system; origins of life; biological networks in human health: protein-protein interaction, metabolic and gene regulatory networks; Systems pharmacology.

Physiological & Psychological Systems

Nervous system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural and cognitive function; perception, cognition, memory and action; psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and development; human machine interaction; autonomous mental development; neurocognitive networks; embodied knowledge; tacit knowledge.

Organisms & Populations

Population biology; collective behavior of animals; ecosystems; ecology; ecological networks; microbiome; speciation; evolution.

Human Social & Economic Systems

Social networks; socio-technical systems; computational social science; collective intelligence; corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational behavior and management; urban development; city science; economies and markets; financial systems; risk management; globalization; military and defense systems; whole of government approaches to complex problems; global conflicts; social unrest; political networks; interactions between human and natural systems; evolution of norms and social change; diffusion/flow of knowledge; diffusion of practice; diffusion of innovation; regulatory policy; anti-trust/monopoly policy; organizational learning; organizational health/robustness/anti-fragility; societal health/robustness/anti-fragility; the Commons.

Engineered Systems and Systems of Systems

Design and manufacturing; nano-technology; bioengineering; modified and hybrid biological organisms; computer based interactive systems; multi-agent systems; artificial life; artificial intelligence; robots; communication networks; the Internet; traffic systems; distributed control; resilience; engineered resilient systems; critical infrastructure systems; graceful extensibility; robustness vs fragility tradeoffs; emergence and surprise in engineered systems of systems; test and evaluation of autonomous, learning systems; self organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering; biologically inspired engineering; synthetic biology; sensor networks.


There will be several time slots available during the conference for organizing workshops on specific topics. All the accepted abstracts/papers for the workshops will be included in the conference proceedings as well.

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, email the following information to by February 10, 2020:

·     Name(s) and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)

·     Title of the workshop

·     A short description of the workshop: (aim, scope, target audience, format and expected outcome)

·     A list of confirmed and prospective speakers


Conference Emeritus:

Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Executive Committee:

Marcus Aguiar (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)

Carlos Gershenson (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Garth Jensen (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division)

Les Kaufman (Boston University)

Ali Minai (University of Cincinnati)

Elena N. Naumova (Tufts, Division of Nutrition Data Sciences)

Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University)

Emma Towlson (Northeastern University)

Communications and Logistics Chairs:

Kim Severino (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Matthew Hardcastle (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Program Committee:

PC members TBA

Location and Accommodations:

The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. Guests should call the hotel and identify themselves as part of the “NE Complex Systems Institute” or “ICCS” to receive this room rate or book online at and enter dates of stay and promo code ICCS20

All reservations must be guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card. The Credit card will not be charged at the time of reservation and will only be used as a guarantee. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is requested. Requests must go directly to Reservations. Preferred rates and space in the block of rooms can be confirmed by dialing 1-603-888-9970.

For More Information:

Check the conference website:

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The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair – Tuesday, January 21st

The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair is NEXT TUESDAY! Spend time during this long, holiday, weekend to prepare for the fair!

The annual job and internship fair will be held on January 21, 2020 from 1130am-430pm. The fair is open to ALL current OSU students, and recent graduates, and provides an opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about internship and career opportunities. The fair will be held in two venues in the Ohio Union: The Grand Ballroom and the Performance Hall.

Attending employers recruit across a broad range of disciplines. There will be a large number of private sector companies recruiting for business and technical functions such as communications, business analysis, logistics, retail management, general management, graphic design, human resources, marketing, sales, financial planning, and other related areas.

In addition there are opportunities for science and technology students in areas such as laboratory based research and development in medical and industrial settings, as well as computer science and engineering roles. Federal and State government agencies will also be well represented offering opportunities in administration, fiscal management, technology, diplomacy, and law enforcement and security related functions. Attending employers seek to fill full-time, entry level positions as well as summer internships.

Advanced research via Handshake is recommended to determine if a particular employer of interest will be in attendance. Bookmark to see who’s attending, as there are 180+ organizations registered!

Let us know you’re coming by visiting and clicking the registration button (while not required, it’s helpful for us to know who’s interested).

Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success
100 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210


The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair is open to all current Ohio State University students and recent graduates and provides an opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about internship and career opportunities.

If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using this application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.


Project Description:

NIP is a center unique college internship program (formerly known as LERCIP) conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The program provides a 10-week paid summer internship for students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission, and a 16-week fall and spring STEM-only internship opportunity. Students spend their tenure learning and working at the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities under the guidance of a mentor while engaging in authentic NASA-related, mission-based R&D and career-related activities. The educational component allows students to attend and participate in a variety of planned activities such as Conference Day, Career Showcase and a Student Poster Session. The program provides hands-on experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote practical application, complementing and expanding upon students’ theoretical education.

Eligibility Requirements:

For consideration in this project, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and meet each of the following criteria:

  • Full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business related field at an accredited colleges/universities
  • College-bound graduates (high school seniors) or students attending an accredited 2-year college
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • The applicant must begin on scheduled start date and participate on a full-time basis, Monday through Friday (40 hours per week), for the entire tenure

Benefits:                                           2019/2020 Start/End Dates:

  • Hands-on experiences                         Spring Session:  January 13, 2020 – May 1, 2020
  • Mentoring and role models Summer Session 1:  June 8, 2020 – August 14, 2020
  • Exposure to NASA careers Summer Session 2:  June 15, 2020 – August 21, 2020
  • Enrichment activities Fall Session: August 31 – December 11, 2020
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Salary based on academic level

Application Information:

Application season for students to apply can be found at

Project Nature Newsletter & Lecture Series – January Issue

The Project Nature Lecture Series, affiliated with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association, is dedicated to informing of the many ways in which one could get involved in making a significant and meaningful contribution towards fighting climate change. More information about the lecture series is here and the January 2020 newsletter is attached. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here. You can also learn about ways to get involved with Project Nature here: 

This month’s newsletter talks about IPCC – the United Nations body dedicated to studying climate change – and the key takeaways from its 2018 special report that was in the news.

The first Project Nature Lecture Series event of the new year will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 12:15 PM in E100, Scott Lab, OSU. Join the curator of Orton Geological Museum at OSU, Mr. Dale Gnidovec, to learn about the geological history of Ohio. We will be webcasting the talk through OSU Zoom, so that if you can’t make it to the talk, you can still join us via the internet! You do not need an OSU account or a Zoom account to join the webinar. Follow the link below to join

Project Nature_Newsletter-January_2020

Project Nature Lecture Series-January 30 2020

STEM Elementary Volunteer Opportunity – Scientific Thinkers

My name is Nathan Zimovan and I am the president of Scientific Thinkers, a student org and volunteer program here at OSU. Through Scientific Thinkers, OSU students have the opportunity to:

  • positively impact the Columbus community by teaching elementary students interactive STEM lessons and experiments
  • mentor underrepresented minority students in STEM who have limited STEM resources within their school
  • gain experience in teaching a unique age group
  • increase their leadership skills, and
  • expand their ability to communicate knowledge of STEM topics to a variety of age groups.

If students are interested they should attend a mandatory orientation on January 23 3-4pm in the Physics Research Building (PRB) which they can sign up for using this link:

The program is highly rewarding and is a great way to complete community service and outreach requirements. More information can be found on our website:

I would greatly appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your scholars!


Best regards,

Nathan Zimovan
Scientific Thinkers President

Nathan Zimovan
Scientific Thinkers President
College of Arts and Sciences Zoology
614-717-3053 Cell
Pronouns: he/him/his

Call for Judges – Central Ohio You Be The Chemist Challenge

As the Central Ohio Regional You Be The Chemist Challenge Organizer, I invite OSU grad students to consider volunteering in support of the  You Be The Chemist Challenge  a collaborative, multilevel academic competition that celebrates the science of chemistry and elevates STEM careers!   The Central Ohio Regional Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Columbus Metropolitan library.   Univar Solutions, a global chemical distributor, partners nationally with the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) by supporting  You Be The Chemist programs.    We are committed to advancing STEM education by connecting with students in the early years to instill a love of science through hands-on activities and competition.

I’m  excited to share fifteen teams from across Ohio will participate in our Challenge.    Each team consists of 4 students from grades 5 through 8.  The competition is a quiz bowl format comprised of four rounds, 10 short answer questions each round.  Students work across their team to answer timed questions.  Judges score the team’s answer card and the result is recorded by a scorekeeper.

Last year, more than 60,000 students from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge! The program continues to grow every year, and I hope you will support its success by  volunteering as a judge for the Central Ohio Regional Challenge.  This is a great opportunity for the  future generation to interact with OSU grad students.

For judging , the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) provides a scoring key that has a detailed explanation of how to score each question so that anyone can score the questions. The scoring key is available well in advance of the competition so that the Judges have plenty of time to review it before the competition.

Fulfilling this role requires volunteers to:

  • Before the Challenge
  • During the Challenge
    • Ensure the competition complies with all the rules
    • Score team answers using the scoring key during each round, track total team scores throughout the competition, and calculate total score at the end of the competition
  • The Speaking Judge’s Responsibilities Include
    • Announcing the participants advancing to the national level
    • Announcing appeal results (if applicable)

Last year, more than 60,000 students from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge! The program continues to grow every year, and I hope you will support the success of the program through volunteering for the Central Ohio Regional Challenge.

Please feel free to forward this opportunity to others who you think may be interested in volunteering!

Questions? Please let me know! I am happy to share more about how you can be involved.

Want to read more? Check out the Challenge web page for more information.

Ready to volunteer now?  Please email me directly with your contact details.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Aileen Doyle

Sr. Director-Unite Commercial

Univar Solutions


P: +1.704.999.8103

M: 1.704.999.8103

Buckeye Food Alliance Food Pantry

Buckeye Food Alliance sponsors a free student food pantry with resources to help all OSU students, including graduate students, who might be experiencing food insecurity.

The pantry offers fresh produce, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, and other types of support at no charge to any OSU student who visits.  Hours and more information are available at

Hydrocarbons Process Chemistry R&D Internship at Dow

Hydrocarbons Process Chemistry R&D Internship

Dow™ is seeking an intern for an exciting and challenging opportunity in Process research for the Ethylene envelope in the Hydrocarbons R&D group in Freeport, Texas.  The primary purpose of this role is to conduct laboratory studies on process related issues in support of the global Dow hydrocarbons manufacturing assets.

This 12-16 week full-time position will allow a Ph.D. candidate to develop industrial work experience while building their professional network and gaining knowledge of real-life industrial problems.

This intern will be exposed to Dow™, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the opportunity to work with technical experts in diverse fields.

The intern will have responsibility for an individual research project in the area of process support of an investigation into polymer fouling chemistry in ethylene crackers and will have an opportunity to guide research in this area with their unique perspective.


  • Form hypotheses, design and perform experiments to test the effects of process conditions, additives, and model components on fouling kinetics and mechanism at lab scale.
  • Conduct analytical chemistry studies and data analysis.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to model and explain phenomena observed during testing.
  • Communicate research results in technical reports and presentations.


  • PhD or PhD candidate in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related fields.
  • Background or knowledge and interest in process chemistry.
  • Hands-on wet chemistry experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and detail oriented.
  • Familiarity with hazards of hydrocarbons is preferred.

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume/CV and research summary to Ying Yu ( by February 9th, 2020.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2020 Ohio State University Plant Sciences Symposium

The Ohio State University Plant Sciences Symposium is hosting its 3rd annual event with the theme “Advancing Plant Health through Collaboration”. All undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty and visiting scholars are invited to participate in this Symposium!


  • Keynote speakers: Allison Miller (Saint Louis University), Dr. Kerry Clark (University of Missouri)
  • Ohio faculty speakers: David Burke (Holden Arboretum), Dr. Sally Miller (Ohio State University), Dr. David Francis (Ohio State University), Dr. Luis Canas (Ohio State University)
  • 6 Graduate student speakers (with awards and travel grants available)
  • Poster competition (with prizes)
  • Career development workshops
  • R&D tours of plant science research facilities (Scotts Miracle-Gro HQ)
  • And more!


All undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, staff, faculty and visiting scholars from any institution are invited to participate in this symposium!

Please submit your abstract to apply to present a poster or to be a be a graduate student speaker by January 17, 2020.

Selected student speakers will receive an award and a travel grant!

Prizes will be awarded to the top poster presenters! *

*Separate prizes will be awarded to undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs/staffs.



Date: March 27 & 28, 2019

Location: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at The Ohio State University

2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

General registration will be accepted through March 15, 2020.

For more information, visit or our Twitter and Facebook.

Questions? Email us at


Best regards,

2020 OSU Plant Sciences Symposium Planning Committee

50th St. Gallen Symposium – Global Essay Competition

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for intergenerational debates on economic, political, and social developments. Since 1969, we have fostered fruitful discourses as a student-run initiative combining excellence with innovative ideas.

This year through our Global Essay Competition, 100 graduate and post-graduate students can qualify for an all-expenses-covered participation in the 50th Anniversary of our annual conference located in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The top three of the 100 qualifiers have the unique opportunity of presenting their ideas in front of a world-renowned audience and share in the grand prize of CHF 20’000..

Completely organized by students, we are proud to have welcomed distinguished participants over the years including Christine Lagarde, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, and Dominic Barton, Managing Partner Emeritus McKinsey & Company. The submission takes place online at Please email for more details.