Complex Systems Previous Events

The 10th Munich-Sydney-Tilburg conference in the philosophy of science (MuST 10)

1 March (Wed) - 3 March (Fri) 2017

The theme of the 2017 meeting is Causation and Complexity.
The event is co-organised by the USyd's Centre for Foundations of Science and Centre for Complex Systems.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Stuart Kauffman
One of the most distinguished scholars of complexity, Stuart Kauffman is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Origins of Order: Self Organization and Selection in Evolution (OUP 1993), At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity (OUP 1995), and Humanity in a Creative Universe (OUP 2016)

Prof. Anne-Marie Grisogono
Professor at the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science21), Anne-Marie Grisogono spent more than twenty years as a researcher at Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation applying complex systems science to the problems of understanding and intervening in large human organisations

Prof. Kevin Korb
Kevin Korb is a Reader in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He specialises in the theory and practice of causal discovery in Bayesian networks, machine learning, evaluation theory, the philosophy of scientific method, and informal logic.


The Emergence and Evolution of Life Beyond Physics


1 March (Wed) 2017
6pm-7:30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium

Speaker: Professor Stuart Kauffman is one of the most distinguished scholars of complexity and the author of several acclaimed books, including The Origins of Order: Self Organization and Selection in Evolution (1993), At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity (1995), and Humanity in a Creative Universe (2016).


Society as a Complex System: Implications for Science, Practice and Policy


Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016
Venue: Government House, Sydney

Hosted by the Governor of NSW, the Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies Forum on “Society as a complex system: Implications for Science, Practice and Policy" held at Government House, Sydney.


Innovation Week 2016: RoboCup 2016 Championship (replay of our Soccer Simulation win)


Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: PNR Learning Studio 311

Learn about the RoboCup challenge from winning team member Mikhail Prokopenko, who will discuss the role of complex systems and self-organisation in the futuristic human-robotic co-existence.


Modelling Complex Systems and Crisis Response: IT Innovation Breakfast Seminar Series

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time: 7.15 - 9.00am
Venue: 133 Castlereagh Street, Level 18

This keynote discussion will be lead by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, Director of the Centre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney. He will discuss complex real-world societal issues, emerging as consequences of globalisation and various technological, demographic and environmental changes. It will describe a cross-disciplinary modelling approach combining complex systems, large-scale computational modelling, and social sciences, and aimed at an integrated high-resolution forecasting of interdependent crisis at the national level for Australia.


Open Air Cinema: Master of Complex Systems

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2016
Time: 7.15 - 10:00pm
Venue: Cadigal Green

Join us for a free open air cinema, proudly sponsored by the new course: Master of Complex Systems.

We'll be showcasing the film "Contagion" and enjoying snacks along Cadigal Green.

We also have a dedicated scholarship for new students: Complex Systems Postgraduate Entry Scholarship


How to win a World Cup: Engineering, Science and RoboCup

Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, Director, Centre for Complex Systems
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 123, J12 School of Information Technologies

How to design robust and resilient systems that adapt to unexpected disruptions and stresses? This is the central challenge addressed by Complex Systems scientists and engineers. In trying to illustrate this challenge we turn our attention to RoboCup: the “World Cup” of robot soccer, held for the first time in 1997 and now approaching its 20th anniversary.

RoboCup promotes the transition of novel, world-class research results and technological advances from the laboratory to the real world by organising regional and international competitions. In particular, the RoboCup 2D Simulation League sets one of current benchmarks for Artificial Intelligence, advancing novel methods of software engineering, bio-inspired complexity, and machine learning.

Our team, Gliders2016 (University of Sydney & CSIRO), recently won the 2016 world championship in Germany in the Simulation League. The Q&A interactive session will discuss numerous intricacies of the research effort behind the champion team, and focus on the crucial problem: complexity of the resultant team behaviour evolved over several years using methods of evolutionary computation.

Please RSVP to by 24 August 2016 (a limited number of places available).

1 Cleveland St, Darlington 2006

Complex Systems and Swarm Intelligence


Professor Mikhail Prokopenko
Date: Friday 12 August 2016
Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm
Venue: University of Sydney Business School
Room C13B, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Join Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, Director Complex Systems Research Group, University of Sydney, to find out how the extraordinary dynamic schooling behaviour of fish can teach us to design complex systems with artificial intelligence.

Presented by the Royal Society of NSW, the oldest learned Society in the Southern Hemisphere and dating back to the 1820s, as part of a series of lunchtime science talks.