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COMPLEX SYSTEMS NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-32802

  • Start date

    1 March 2002

  • End date

    31 March 2006

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 293 500

  • EU contribution

    € 1 293 500

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Italy

Objective

A Network of Excellence on Complexity is proposed, aiming to foster multidisciplinary approaches to various aspects of complexity, basic as well as applicative. This will be done by a capillary diffusion of complexity concepts and by bringing together excellent scientists with a manifold of backgrounds (community building) by providing a stimulating, efficient infrastructure for complexity research and for closer relations of basic research with areas of application, not only in science but in business, industry and government. Specific goals of the Network are to:
i)create a bridge between complexity theory and the full spectrum of "real life" complex systems, by mutual transfer of concepts, methods, paradigms and open problems, and by exposing each community to the other;
ii)disseminate complexity culture in the context of decision making, management, production;
iii)assess the state of the art and draw a "complexity focus document" for future developments.

OBJECTIVES
Objectives of the NoE are:
1)Improve the viability of complexity theory methods in scientific disciplines as well as in business and socio-economic applications fostering at the same time its development at basic level. The NoE aims to the widest circulation of ideas, establishing a creative environment that give rise to novel conceptual advances and to effective applications;
2)Disseminate knowledge, across the communities of: computer scientists, physicists, technologists, mathematicians, biologists on one side and business and administration, industry and government agencies on the other. Information will be made available through electronic communication channels;
3)Assess where the body of knowledge stands now, what has still to be done identifying the practicable ways forward and what are relevant fields of applications, in view of the gap, still large, between the conceptual and the operational levels; between the different rooting complexity has in the natural sciences and in the socio-economic environment.

In particular in the context of IST this NoE aims on the one hand to putting the strong links between complexity and information theory, on the other hand to fostering a better understanding of what implications developments in IT will have on the societal structure.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Work will be organised in an articulated set of six workpackages aimed to different yet correlated tasks:
WP1 aims to establishing relations, through specific seminars, meetings, exchange of information, design of joint research projects, with industry, business and -government- decision makers;
WP2 is designed to improve complex systems methods at a fundamental level as well as their diffusion in a larger European community including scientists and pratictioneers. This will be reached by the organisation of long duration Thematic Institutes, occasions for extended encounters and joint research focussed on broad areas of complexity and its applicative aspects. Expected result is the creation of a better homogeneised "complexity community";
WP3 plans to convene Complex Systems methodologists and topical domain experts (Single Interest Groups) to meet and exchange on specific applications of complex systems in specialistic workshops;
WP4 will establish and maintain an Electronic Information Infrastructure to support the efficient service of all the NoE objectives. The centrepiece will be a comprehensive Web site, through which electronic information concerning the discipline (and of course the project) will be distributed, exchanged and disseminated. An electronic preprint archive will be established;
WP5 focusses on establishing and maintaining a "Complexity Focus document" to serve NoE objectives, in particular that of planning for the future, by pursuing assessment objectives with the contribution of all NoE members and editing by professionals;
WP6 task is to guarantee the success of the project through efficient and effective management of the resources allocated to it, together with the achievement of agreed objectives. The Work-Package covers as well the administration and distribution of necessary funding to the various Work Package coordinators to support the three main NoE objectives.

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Address

Viale Settimio Severo 65
10133 Torino

Italy

Participants (51)

ABDUS SALAM INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Italy

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY

Israel

CISM INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MECHANICAL SCIENCES

Italy

COLLEGIUM BUDAPEST, INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY

Hungary

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES

France

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS

France

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE

Italy

EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EUROBIOS

France

FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND INFORMATICS, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF KOSICE

Slovakia

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTIONAL FOUNDATION

United States

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

INSTITUTO DALLE MOLLE DI STUDI SULL'INTELLIGENZA ARTIFICIALE

Switzerland

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE PER LA FISICA DELLA MATERIA

Italy

IT BLEKINGE

Sweden

LES INSTITUTS INTERNATIONAUX DE PHYSIQUE ET DE CHIMIE, FONDES PAR ERNEST SOLVAY

Belgium

OESTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM SEIBERSDORF GESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Italy

SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Sweden

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DRESDEN

Germany

TELECOM ITALIA LEARNING SERVICES S.P.A.

Italy

TELENOR COMMUNICATION II AS

Norway

THE DARTINGTON HALL TRUST

United Kingdom

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS

UNIVERSIDADE DA MADEIRA

Portugal

UNIVERSITAET DES SAARLANDES

Germany

UNIVERSITAET OSNABRUECK

Germany

UNIVERSITAET WIEN - INSTITUT FUER MATHEMATIK

Austria

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Greece

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

Poland

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

VOLTERRA CONSULTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

WROCLAW MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2001-32802

  • Start date

    1 March 2002

  • End date

    31 March 2006

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 293 500

  • EU contribution

    € 1 293 500

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Italy