Call for Abstracts: Design and Control of Self-organising Systems @ WOSC 2014

The 16th International Congress of Systems and Cybernetics WOSC2014 will take place on October 15-17 a the University of Ibagué, Colombia.

One of the congress themes is Design and Control of Self-organising Systems

Many real-world problems are non-stationary and highly complex. That is, they are changing constantly and interacting, generating novel information that limits prediction. If the change is faster than our ability to optimize our solutions, then these will be obsolete. As an alternative, we have designed adaptive systems, in many cases inspired in biology. One approach for designing adaptive systems has been proposed with the use of self-organization: instead of trying to optimize a problem, the aim is to design components of a system that by local interactions actively search for their best configuration. When designed properly, self-organizing systems can adapt to extremely dynamic and complex problems at the same scales at which changes occur. As our systems become more dynamic and complex, designing them using self-organization offers greater benefits compared with traditional approaches.

Calls for abstract submissions are open until March 31st 2014.
Submitters will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than April 30th.

Author Guidelines
You need to submit an extended abstract:
That clearly attempts to discuss aspects of “our self-organising world: from disruption to reparation” from a systemic perspective and supported by cybernetic approaches.
You are requested to use our template (http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/images/template_for_abstracts.doc) to submit the abstract.
The length of the text body of these submissions should be about 1000 words (2 A4 pages).
Authors of the extended abstracts should add their bios in “About the Authors” of the template. The bio of each author shall be about a 100 words.
Extended abstracts should be submitted via Make Submission in http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/
Authors with accepted abstracts, in order to be considered for publication in a journal are expected to submit a full paper of about 5000 words by September 30th.


Postdoctoral Fellowships at UNAM

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The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has an open call for postdoctoral fellowships to start in September, 2014 or March, 2015. 

Candidates should have obtained a PhD degree within the last three years and be under 36 years, both to the date of the beginning of the fellowship.

The area of interests of candidates should fall within complex systems, artificial life, information, evolution, cognition, robotics, and/or philosophy.

 Interested candidates should send CV and a tentative project (1 paragraph) to cgg-at-unam.mx by Monday, March 3rd (if starting in September 2014, otherwise in the coming months). Full application package should be ready by Friday, March 7 at noon, Mexico City time.
 Projects can be inspired from: http://turing.iimas.unam.mx/~cgg/projects.html

 and/or http://froese.wordpress.com/research/

Postdoctoral fellowships are between one and two years (after renewal).
 Spanish is not a requisite.
Accepted candidates would be working at the Self-organizing Systems Lab (http://turing.iimas.unam.mx/sos/ ) of the Computer Science Department of the IIMAS (http://turing.iimas.unam.mx ), and at the Center for Complexity Sciences (http://c3.unam.mx/ ), both at UNAM's main campus.
To know more about UNAM, please visit http://turing.iimas.unam.mx/~cgg/unam.html


New draft: Harnessing the Complexity of Education with Information Technology

Education at all levels is facing several challenges in most countries, such as low quality, high costs, lack of educators, and unsatisfied student demand. Traditional approaches are becoming unable to deliver the required education. Several causes for this inefficiency can be identified. I argue that beyond specific causes, the lack of effective education is related to complexity. However, information technology is helping us overcome this complexity.



New draft: Measuring the Complexity of Self-organizing Traffic Lights

We apply measures of complexity, emergence and self-organization to an abstract city traffic model for comparing a traditional traffic coordination method with a self-organizing method in two scenarios: cyclic boundaries and non-orientable boundaries. We show that the measures are useful to identify and characterize different dynamical phases. It becomes clear that different operation regimes are required for different traffic demands. Thus, not only traffic is a non-stationary problem, which requires controllers to adapt constantly. Controllers must also change drastically the complexity of their behavior depending on the demand. Based on our measures, we can say that the self-organizing method achieves an adaptability level comparable to a living system.

Measuring the Complexity of Self-organizing Traffic Lights
Dario Zubillaga, Geovany Cruz, Luis Daniel Aguilar, Jorge Zapotecatl, Nelson Fernandez, Jose Aguilar, David A. Rosenblueth, Carlos Gershenson