SPIE Complexity and Nonlinear Dynamics (AU105)

Part of the SPIE International Symposium on Smart Materials, Nano- and Micro-Smart Systems

10-13 December 2006

University of Adelaide • Adelaide, Australia

Conference Chair: Axel Bender, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

Conference Cochairs: Hussein A. Abbass, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia); Derek Abbott, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia); Adi R. Bulsara, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (USA)

Program Committee: Tomaso Aste, The Australian National Univ. (Australia); Salvatore Baglio, Univ. di Catania (Italy); Rowena Ball, Michael Barnsley, The Australian National Univ. (Australia); Matthew J. Berryman, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia); Julyan H. E. Cartwright, Univ. de Granada (Spain); Tiziana Di Matteo, The Australian National Univ. (Australia); J. Doyne Farmer, Santa Fe Institute (USA); Peter Hall, The Australian National Univ. (Australia); Brian Hanlon, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia); Plamen C. H. Ivanov, Boston Univ. (USA); Geoff James, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia); Neil F. Johnson, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom); Michael K. Lauren, Defence Technology Agency (New Zealand); Peter A. Lindsay, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia); Raj Mohanty, Boston Univ. (USA); Alexander B. Neiman, Ohio Univ. (USA); Mario Nicodemi, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy); Wouter-Jan Rappel, Univ. of California/San Diego (USA); Peter A. Robinson, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia); Alex Ryan, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia); Yoshiharu Yamamoto, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)


Most interesting natural systems are “on the edge of chaos” between order and randomness. Complexity, as governed by non-linear dynamics, can be observed everywhere. It therefore comes as no surprise that many scientific and engineering disciplines deal with complex system phenomena and characteristics such as self-organization, emergence, adaptation, non-linear feed-forward and feedback, stochastic resonance or swarm and herd behaviours. Both understanding and taking advantage of complexity and the underlying nonlinear dynamic processes are two of the biggest challenges of scientists and engineers today.

This conference will provide a forum for university, industry and government researchers from a multitude of disciplines to exchange ideas, communicate recent science and technology developments, and discuss present, emergent and future directions in research areas pertaining to complexity and non-linear dynamics.


The conference invites contributions from the following broad areas of research:

• complexity theory
• complex mechanisms
• complex simulations
• complex behaviour
• self-organizing processes

Topics include, but are not limited to:
• bifurcation theory, chaos theory
• fractals and scaling systems
• synchronization and self-synchronization
• nonlinear feed-forward and feedback
• collective behavior, competition for limited resources
• multi-scale dynamics
• reduced dynamical systems
• thermo-kinetic instabilities
• far-from-equilibrium systems
• correlated disorder
• real-world networks, small world networks, network theory and analysis
• cellular automata
• agent-based modelling, multi-agent systems
• evolutionary computation, artificial life, genetic algorithms
• social complexity, computational sociology
• neurodynamics and neuroeconomics
• self-assembly
• complex and hierarchical materials.
• swarm intelligence and behaviour
• biological control systems.
• emergence, cooperation, adaptation.
• complex system engineering.

Abstract Due Date: 5 June 2006

Manuscript Due Date: 18 September 2006


For further details see http://spie.org/Conferences/Calls/06/au/au06_Call.pdf



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