Complex Systems 2018

Introduction

The Complex Systems Conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners of Complex Systems from a variety of disciplines interested in developing the new approaches for resolving complex issues that cannot be resolved using conventional mathematical or software models.

It also welcomes specialists in modelling complex issues using Multi-Agent Technology and similar distributed approaches, which have achieved credible application results, and those aspiring to design and build Digital Ecosystems, inspired by natural ecosystems.

The Conference is particularly interested in methods for resolving complex issues that exhibit the following attributes: connectivity, autonomy, emergence, non-equilibrium, non-linearity, self organisation and co-evolution.

High level of dynamics of such systems, which is usually expressed through the frequent occurrence of unpredictable disruptive events, makes conventional optimizers, batch schedulers and resource planning systems unworkable.

Complex Systems occur in an infinite variety of problems, not only in the realm of physical sciences and engineering, but encompassing fields as diverse as economy, the environment, humanities, social and political sciences. Further examples are given in the enclosed list of topics which although incomplete gives an idea of the themes to be covered by the meeting.

By now the conference is well established and is distinguished by its friendly and informal atmosphere in which it is easy for participants to help each other to further advance their appreciation of the subject of managing complexity.

Among the participants one will find renowned complexity thinkers, well established practitioners and novices in the area of complexity happily discussing issues of common interest.

And, of course, the New Forest is beautiful and provides the right opportunity to bring your family and friends with you.

Papers presented at previous meetings have been published in paper and digital format. They are freely available in Open Access format in the Institute digital elibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).