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January 26, 2011

Conference: International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems 2011

This is the second iteration of a fairly big complex systems conference in Europe, organized and held at ETH Zürich every other summer. The last one was held in 2009, and it was one of the better conferences I attended that year. The theme is not "networks" per se, but rather complex social systems more broadly. This iteration looks to be equally good, again, despite the fact that they invited me to speak. The talk I'll be giving will be a new one, on the global dynamics of civil wars.

International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems 2011

Date & Location: 20 - 25 June 2011 at ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Organizers: Kay Axhausen, Lars-Erik Cederman, Dirk Helbing, Hans Jürgen Herrmann, Frank Schweitzer and Didier Sornette, all at ETH Zürich

Invited speakers:
José Soares Andrade Jr, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil
Theo Arentze, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Albert-Làszlò Barabàsi, Northeastern University
Michael Batty University College of London, United Kingdom
Ravi Bhavnani, Michigan State University, USA
Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Capital Fund Management, France
Dirk Brockmann, Northwestern University, USA
Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado, USA
Joshua M. Epstein, John Hopkins University, USA
Santo Fortunato, Institute for Scientific Interchange, Italy
Nikolas Geroliminis, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Giulia Iori, City University, United Kingdom
Alan Kirman, Université Paul Cezanne, France
José Fernando Mendes, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Dan Miodownik, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Philippa Pattison, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Brian Uzzi, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA
Florian Wagener, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Description: Social systems typically feature crises, i.e. unstable and dangerous situations that are characterized by abrupt and large-scale changes. Such disruptions are very hard to predict with any precision and even harder to control. Indeed, crises often convey an impression that key decision makers have lost control and that events unfold in an unstoppable and even catastrophic way. Examples include environmental crises, the collapse of transportation systems, as well as financial and social crises such as poverty, social conflicts or wars. These and other issues will be addressed during the meeting.

Abstract submission deadline: 20 March 2011
Registration deadline: 1 May 2011

posted January 26, 2011 07:14 AM in Conferences and Workshops | permalink


Looks fun. :)

Posted by: John Martin at January 28, 2011 07:25 PM