C3-2015                  30 April 2015, Sydney

Complexity, Criticality and Computation

Holme Building

Complexity, Criticality and Computation, C3-Autumn 2015

This is the second in a series of workshop-style meetings aimed at exploring the common ground between complexity, criticality, and computation. Complex systems, such as modern power grids, communication and transport systems, social and eco-systems, and so on, generate rich interactions among components with non-trivial information flows, and exhibit critical phenomena, characterised by phase transitions. Cascading power failures, traffic disruptions, epidemic outbreaks, financial market crashes, avalanches in granular media, and ecosystem collapses are all manifestations of these challenges. Crucially, the many constituent microscopic parts bring about macroscopic phenomena that cannot be understood by considering a single part alone.


We intend to consider a diverse range of systems, applications, theoretical and practical approaches to computational modelling modern complex systems, including information theory, agent-based simulation, network theory, molecular dynamics, swarm intelligence, human-robotic interactions, computation theory, and econophysics, among others.


Our second workshop will be held at Holme Building, the University of Sydney - a very nice historic building, on Science Road, at the northern edge of the University of Sydney, as shown on the map.


Anyone interested in participating in the C3-Autumn 2015 workshop is requested to send an email to: mikhail.prokopenko AT sydney.edu.au , by 16 April 2015. There is no registration fee, but due to catering constraints, the number of attendees is limited, and the expression of interest is essential.

Program: C3-Autumn 2015

08:45 - 09:00: Introduction (Mikhail Prokopenko)

1. Agent-based simulation

09:00 - 09:30: Lael Parrott (University of British Columbia): On resilient and sustainable landscapes

09:30 - 10:00: Ainsley Archer (Australian Institute of Marine Science): Agent-based modelling and the Great Barrier Reef

10:00 - 10:30: Ian Wilkinson (University of Sydney): The Impact of Individual versus Group Rewards on the Evolution of Cooperation and Performance in Complex Social and Market Systems

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break

2. Complex Networks and Flows

11:00 - 11:30: Alex Kalloniatis (DSTO, Canberra): Synchronisation on networks near the edge of chaos

11:30 - 12:00: Bernard Pailthorpe (University of Sydney): Network analysis and visualisation of brain networks

12:00 - 12:30: Itai Einav (University of Sydney): Complex motion and enhanced thermal properties of dense granular media

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch Break

3. Complex Socio-Technical Systems

13:30 - 14:00: Pascal Perez (University of Wollongong): Computational Justice for Self-Organising Socio-Technical Systems

14:00 - 14:30: Petr Matous (University of Sydney / University of Tokyo): "Dissolve the Keiretsu, or Die":A longitudinal study of disintermediation in the Japanese automobile manufacturing supply networks

14:30 - 15:00: Artem Prokhorov (University of Sydney): Copulas and Bayesian Nonparametrics

15:00 - 15:30: Coffee Break

4. Humanitarian engineering

15:30 - 16:00: Manoj Gambhir (Monash University): Computational epidemiology: micro and macro modelling in the public eye

16:00 - 16:30: Michael Jacobson (University of Sydney): Education as a Complex System: Implications for Educational Research and Policy

16:30 - 17:00: Roland Fletcher (University of Sydney): Complexity and cultural transitions: 100,000 BP to the Present