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:

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277 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA