2nd Circular for COMPLEX'94

Complex Conference complex at aldur
Mon Jan 31 21:32:49 EST 1994




             Call for Papers (Complex'94)
             ----------------------------


Distribution:   world

Reply-To:       complex at ucq.edu.au

From:           Russel Stonier

Organization:   Mathematics and Computing,
                University of Central Qld. Australia

Subject:        2nd Australian Complex Systems Conference,
                September  1994

Keywords:       complex systems, parallel computing,
                biocomplexity, chaos, neural networks


                        COMPLEX'94

         Second Australian National Conference

                      Sponsored by the
              University of Central Queensland
               Australian National University


                   September 26-28th, 1994
              University of Central Queensland
                   Rockhampton Queensland
                         Australia


            SECOND CIRCULAR AND CALL FOR PAPERS


This SECOND circular is intended for those that may not
have seen the first circular sent in December 1993 due
to the hoiday season. A THIRD circular will follow in
mid February with further details.

The inaugural Australian National Conference on Complex
Systems was held at the Australian National University in
1992.  Recognising the need to maintain and stimulate
research interest in these topics the University of
Central Queenslandis hosting the Second Australian
National Conference on Complex Systems in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn in
Queensland on the east coast of Australia and is 35kms
from the Central Queensland Coast. It is within easy
access of tourist resorts including the resort island,
Great Keppel, the Central Queensland Hinterland, and the
Great Barrier Reef.


This circular is intended to provide basic information
about the conference and to canvas expressions of interest,
both in attending and in presenting papers or posters.
A second circular, to be distributed in late
January/early February, will provide details of keynote
speakers, the program, registration procedures, etc.

Please pass on this notice to interested colleagues.  For
further information contact the organisers (see below).

AIMS:

Complex systems are systems whose evolution is dominated
by non-linearity or interactions between their components.
Such systems may be very simple but reproduce very complex
phenomena.  Terms such as artificial life, biocomplexity,
chaos, criticality, fractals, learning systems, neural
networks, non-linear dynamics, parallel computation,
percolation, self-organization have become common place.
>From this research has emerged many  new paradigms,
cutting across traditional disciplines.


This conference seeks  to bring together researchers from
the Australasian region who are actively involved in
research in Complex Systems for creative discussion. It also
aims to provide an introduction to specialised topics for
people seeking to know more about the theoretical and
practical aspects of research in Complex systems.

The theme of the conference "Mechanism of Adaptation in
Natural, Man Made and Mathematical Systems", invites us to
investigate  and question the dynamic processes in complex
systems,  and to compare our overall modelling processes
of natural systems.  Processes such as  evolution,
growth and learning are being investigated through genetic
algorithms, evolutionary programming and neural networks.
How well do these techniques perform and to what extent
do the fit an evolutionary paradigm?  It also raises the
underlying question: "How does order arise in complex
systems?"

PAPERS:

Original papers concerned with both theory and application
are solicited. The areas of interest include,
but are not limited to the following:

 *  Natural and Artificial Life
 *  Genetic Algorithms
 *  Fractals, Chaos and Non-linear Dynamics
 *  Self-organisation
 *  Information and Control Systems
 *  Neural Networks
 *  Parallel and Emergent Computation.   
 *  Bio-Complexity

DATES:

Second Circular                   Jan  31, 1994
Third Circular                    Feb  14, 1994
Submission of Abstracts:          Mar  14, 1994
Notification of Acceptance:       May  16, 1994
Receipt of Camera-ready papers:   Jul  25, 1994

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION:

The conference will open with advance registration and a
barbecue party on Sunday 25th September.

The conference fee of $285 ($130 students) will include
morning and afternoon teas and lunch on each day, the
opening barbecue, and the conference dinner.
Accommodation will be available on campus at the
University Residential College and at nearby motels within
walking distance of the University. The conference dinner
is to be held on Tuesday 27th September.

TUTORIALS AND WORKSHOPS:

It is planned to hold one or more introductory tutorials
on selected topics in complex systems on Sunday 25th
September.  The aim of these tutorials will be to
introduce participants to fundamental concepts in complex
systems and to provide them with practical experience.
Tentatively the topics covered will include genetic
algorithms, cellular automata, chaos, and fractals.  The
exact content will depend on demand.  If interested in
attending please indicate your preferences on the attached
expression of interest.   The number of places will be
strictly limited by facilities available.

On Wednesday, advanced workshops may be held on specialised
topics if there is sufficient interest.
Suggestions/offers for advanced workshop topics are
encouraged.

There will be an additional fee for attendance at the
tutorials and workshops, which will include lunch and
refreshments.

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS:

Intending authors are requested to submit an extended
abstract of about 500 words, containing a clear, concise
statement of the significant results of the work.  Each
abstract  will be assessed by two referees.  All accepted
papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
Individual authors may be allocated to either an oral or
poster presentation, but contributions in both formats
will appear identically in the proceedings.  Copies of the
proceedings will be provided to participants at the
conference in hardcopy form.

LaTeX style files and other formating options will be
provided to authors of accepted papers.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

Conference Chairperson: Assoc Prof. Russel Stonier,
Department of Mathematics and Computing University of
Central Queensland Rockhampton Mail Centre 4702 QLD
Australia.  Tel. +61 79 309487 Fax: +61 79 309729 Email:
complex at ucq.edu.au

Technical Chairperson: Dr  Xing Huo Yu, Department of
Mathematics and Computing University of Central Queensland
Rockhampton Mail Centre 4702 QLD Australia.  Tel. +61 79
309865 Fax: +61 79 309729 Email: complex at ucq.edu.au


Members: Prof. J. Diederich, Queensland University of
Technology; Prof. A.C.  Tsoi, University of Queensland; Dr
D. Green, Australian National University; Dr T.
Bossomaier, Australian National University; Mr S. Smith,
University of Central Queensland.




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                  COMPLEX'94

 Second Australian National Conference on Complex Systems

            EXPRESSION OF INTEREST


NAME:  ______________________________________________

ORGANIZATION:________________________________________
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ADDRESS:    ________________________________________
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TEL: /FAX:  ________________________________________

E-MAIL:    _________________________________________



[ ]  I am interested in attending COMPLEX'94.
     Please send me a registration form.

[ ]  I am interested in PRESENTING A PAPER and/or POSTER.
     Tentative title:
    ___________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________

[ ]  I am interested in ATTENDING A TUTORIAL.

    Preferences:  Genetic Algorithms             ______
                  Cellular Automata              ______
                  Chaos Theory                   ______
                  Fractals                       ______
                  Distributed Programming        ______

      Other (specify)    ______________________________


[ ]  I am interested in attending an advanced WORKSHOP.


[ ]  I am UNABLE TO ATTEND the conference but would like
     to be kept informed.


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