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Complex Systems (CS)
Proactive Initiative in the 6th Framework Programme
Welcome to the homepage of the proactive initiative in 'complex systems'. FET is committed to invest into 'complex system' research as it will allow to explore new design and control paradigms and lead to the conceptual breakthroughs necessary to conceive the next generation of information technologies. In order to be successful research has to be balanced between focus on IT core problems and the need to explore concepts in complex systems in a multitude of domains.
A coordination action ONCE-CS runs a website with useful information on complex systems in Europe. It also is conducting an ongoing consultation for the "Living Roadmap".
- "COAST",European Union FP6 IST-FET Complex Systems funded project on "Predictive modelling for better understanding of cardiovascular disease: the case of In-stent Restenosis" ( 180KB)
- Shaping future proactive iniatives: Report : Workshop on WEB SCIENCE ( 450KB)
- FP7 ICT Call 3 (Dec07-April08): Science of Complex Systems for Socially Intelligent ICT
- DOWNLOAD 1st YEAR CLUSTER REVIEW REPORT ( 254KB) !!!
WORKSHOP on the results of the 'Simulating Emergent properties of Complex Systems' pro-active initiative held on 25th October 2007 in Brussels.
The purpose of this workshop was to share the results of the 6 projects from this initiative, explore the possibilities of collaboration amongst projects and assess the current situation regarding Complexity Science and its future challenges.
- IST FP5 project "COSIN" published a book : Complex Systems and Interdisciplinary Science - Vol. 2 : LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX NETWORKS; From Information Technology to Finance and Natural Science.
Edited by Guido Caldarelli (University of Rome "La Sapienze", Italy) & Alessandro Vespignani (Indiana University, USA)
- Complexity in the FP7 programme:
FET COSI-ICT WORKSHOP - 6th October 2007 - Dresden (DE)
As part of the Eu showcase day at the European Conference on Complex Systems, ECCS'07 and in conjunction with the Complexity Research Projects Forum, CRP.
Aim of the workshop is to present the Call on "Science of Complex Systems for Socially Inteligent ICT" ( 150KB) to the ECCS'07 and CRP forum audiences.
- The research community elaborated a visions on the scope and focus of complex systems research in FP7 (PDF, 18KB) that will help to define future calls in FET.
- You can download the BROCHURE: More is different: the challenge of complexity (PDF, 668KB).
It is a collection of articles that try to engage a general audience into the origins and the potential benfits of a new way of thinking about massive scale systems in science and engineering.
The information revolution has relied on our capacity to extend - with much ingenuity - Moore's law over several decades. In time, however, we will reach a fundamental barrier for design and control of systems: the complexity limit. Systems become increasingly larger and have ever more components and information flow in the system increases exponentially. Mastering their complexity - the high level of interdependence between their often very heterogeneous components - becomes a major hurdle threatening to slow down the information revolution. Designing, controlling, modelling and monitoring behaviour of such systems are the fundamental challenges that the CS initiative addresses. We need new paradigms as we are rapidly moving from systems based on closed hierarchical structures to open and distributed, networked organisations. Recent studies of complex systems as they occur in nature, society or even engineering - whether these are living organisms, animal societies, ecosystems, markets, cultural groupings, or the Internet -suggest that we can learn lessons from these systems on how to design and control a new generation of complex IT systems. These aspects were emphasised in a call in 2003.
The follow-up call in 2005 addressed the specific issue of simulation of complex systems. In the last decade almost every branch of science and technology has made use of advanced computing and information technologies. This convergence of computing with the sciences and technology is creating a revolution in the very nature of scientific discovery and technological design. The need for simulation as a tool of design and scientific analysis arises in many areas: For many systems, simulation is the only practicable method of developing an understanding of their properties - sometimes replacing, sometimes complementing experimentation For instance in molecular biology, revolutionary novel methods of data acquisition are providing a wealth of information that combined with more powerful means of analysis could advance our understanding of living systems to entirely new levels. In technology, simulation is often the only feasible way for (a priori) validation of system behaviour. In society, simulation could help inform decisions about inherently complex matters such as national security, the deployment of new technologies, or environmental policies. New computational approaches must be found to tackle the resulting challenges and to continue the momentum of this 'new era' of convergence of computing with science and technology.
- Call 2005: Simulating Emergent Properties in Complex Systems - Work Programme text ( PDF, 19KB) - timetable
- STREP Projects funded by the "Simulating Emergent Properties in Complex Systems initiative in FP6
- Integrated Projects funded by the "Complex Systems" Proactive initiative in FP6
- STREP Projects in the area of "Complex Systems funded via the Fet Open Scheme
- WORKSHOP on the results of the 'Simulating Emergent properties of Complex Systems' pro-active initiative
will be held on 25th October 2007 in Brussels.
The purpose of this workshop is to share the results of the 6 projects from this initiative,
explore the possibilities of collaboration amongst projects and
assess the current situation regarding Complexity Science and its future challenges.
- FET COSI-ICT WORKSHOP - 6th October 2007 - Dresden (DE)
- 4th Conference on Complex Systems - September 2007
- 3rd European Conference on Complex Systems ECCS'06 :Towards a Science of Complex Systems, Oxford (UK) 25-29 September 2006
The Conference is sponsored by the complex systems cluster of projects financed by FET. The conference will unite researchers in complex systems and will this year - for the first time - extend beyond ICT into all areas to which complex systems research can contribute. It will serve as a showcase for projects funded by FET and is expected to have a significant outreach following the successful conference held in Paris in 2005.
- PAST EVENTS
- Cluster Review projects FET Proactive Initiative on Complex Systems, Rome 6 - 9 March 2006
- 2nd Conference on Complex Systems in Paris, November 14-18th November 2005
- Infoday Brussels, June 2nd, 2005
- Review of Integrated Projects, Budapest (HU), March 7-11, 2005
- Report on the 1st European Conference on Complex Systems -Torino (IT), December 5-8, 2004
- Report of the brainstorming meeting, Brussels- May 11th-12th, 2004 (PDF, 128KB) - draft Background document (PDF, 25KB)
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- IST-Workprogramme 2003-2004 - FET - "Complex Systems" (PDF)
- Presentation of the initiative (PDF)
- A brief history of the initiative and more background documents
- Timetable: Call launched: Dec. 2002 - Infoday Jan.2003 - Deadline submission proposals April. 2003
Evaluation May 2003 - Autumn 2003 start projects
- Call opened: May 18th, 2005
- Infoday: Brussels, June 2nd, 2005
- Call closed: 21 September 2005, at 17:00 Local Brussels time
- Evaluation: end October 2005
- Start of projects: May-June 2006