EUROPEAN CONFERENCE on COMPLEX SYSTEMS ECCS '06
The European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS '06) took place at the Saïd Business School from 25th to 29th September 2006. The conference, which welcomed around 350 participants, built on the success of ECCS '05, which was held in Paris in November 2005. Speakers from all over the world, who are widely recognised as leaders in their respective fields of research, gave a series of challenging talks which are now available as archive streams. Multi-track sessions also allowed for the presentation of high quality, peer-reviewed papers which reflected some of the most exciting research on complex systems. In addition, ECCS '06 hosted 13 satellite workshops. The orientation of the conference was highly interdisciplinary, and it mixed together a broad range of disciplines and a variety of rigorous research methods in a way that stimulated new ideas, and helped develop and build the complex systems research community.
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Plenary Sessions; these are now available as archive streams.
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Best Paper Prize
The prize of €3,000 for the best paper at the conference was shared by Dr Uwe Tangen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela (of Helsinki University of Technology/Oxford)
Conference theme: Towards a Science of Complex Systems
Empirical studies of complex systems, which can be viewed as networks of interacting entities, have made substantial progress in recent years as a result of the rapidly increasing mass of data which has become accessible and manageable in many different application domains. At the same time, it seems that radically different disciplinary domains now share many new and fundamental theoretical questions. The conjunction of these two trends encourages the interdisciplinary development of a new science of complex systems.
In this spirit, the main broadly defined topics for the conference were:
• Biology and Cognition
• Concepts and Methods
• Social and Economic Systems
Peter Schuster (Vienna) - Chair, Programme Committee
Felix Reed-Tsochas (Oxford) - Vice-Chair, Programme Committee
Jürgen Jost (Leipzig) - Chair-Elect ECCS ‘07
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