Complex Systems Previous Events

Emerging Aspirations Funding Scheme

The Centre for Complex Systems invites applications for its Emerging Aspirations Funding Scheme for new
multidisciplinary research initiatives in the field of Complex Systems. The funding scheme aims to support
the multidisciplinary collaboration of early/mid-career researchers, in the field of Complex Systems. We aim
to fund two to three projects, up to a maximum of $15 000 each. The projects are expected to start in January
2019 and run for up to 12 months.
This scheme is open to all continuing and fixed-term academic staff at the University of Sydney.

Deadline: 2nd November 2018 5pm.
Read more.
Proposal template.

A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Lizier

Date Recorded: July 24, 2018
Venue: MIT Centre for Brains, Minds and Machines, CBMM
Interviewer: Wiktor MÅ‚ynarski
Speaker: Joseph Lizier, Centre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney

On July 24, 2018, Dr. Wiktor Mlynarski (Center for Brains Minds and Machines, MIT) took the opportunity to sit down and chat briefly with Dr. Joseph Lizier of The University of Sydney.

Video - watch recording.

C3-2017 Symposium Closing Address: "The Complexity of the Universe"

Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Civil Engineering, Peter Nicol Russell Bldg (PNR J02), Lecture Theatre 1 (Farrell), The University of Sydney
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register here, or email Mikhail Prokopenko with your name and affiliation, by 27 November 2017.

Presenter: Prof. Paul Davies, Arizona State University,
Regents' Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science
Co-Director ASU Cosmology Initiative
Principal Investigator, Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology

The universe that emerged from the big bang was bland and featureless. Over billions of years it has self-organized and complexified, engineering its self-awareness via life and mind. But this upward path of complexity comes with a price: the remorseless rise of entropy and the depletion of free energy resources. What then will be its ultimate fate?

"Complexity, Criticality & Computation" (C3-2017) International Biannual Symposium

When: 9:30am - 5:30pm, December 11 - 13 (Mon - Wed), 2017
Where: Civil Engineering, Peter Nicol Russell Bldg (PNR J02), Lecture Theatre 1 (Farrell), The University of Sydney
Cost: Free
Registration: Please email Mikhail Prokopenko with your name and affiliation, by 27 November 2017.
Symposium poster: download

Read more about the C3-2017 symposium and international guest speakers.

Public lecture "Cyber Society Meets Economics"

Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Time: 6pm
Venue: Civil Engineering, Peter Nicol Russell Bldg (PNR J02), Lecture Theatre 1 (Farrell), The University of Sydney

Presenter: Prof. Paul Ormerod, Centre for Decision Making at University College, London (UCL).

Bio: Professor Paul Ormerod is an author, academic and entrepreneur and currently a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Decision Making at University College, London (UCL). His book The Death of Economics (1993) sold over 1 million copies world wide, and his most recent book is Positive Linking: How Networks and Incentives Can Revolutionise the World(2014). He writes a weekly column for London’s City AM newspaper. He originally read economics at Cambridge and took the MPhil in economics at Oxford.

The stupendous rise of the internet and cyber society poses serious challenges for economics. Economics essentially looks at individual units - people, firms, governments - and treats their behaviour as independent.

In the 21st century, this assumption is less and less tenable. Connections determine behaviour. Narratives and perceptions become as important - perhaps even more so - than “objective” reality. What are the implications both for economics and for policy?"

Read more about the public lecture.

Please register for the event here.

Co-sponsored by the Crisis Response in Interdependent Social-Infrastructure Systems (CRISIS) project, and Postgraduate Program in Complex Systems.

Emerging Aspirations in Complex Systems - Mini Workshop

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3pm
Venue: The Physics Lecture Theatre 2 (Rm 424)


We are delighted to announce a mini-workshop, Emerging Aspirations in Complex Systems, to be held on 22nd Sept. 2017 by The Centre for Complex Systems. The scope of this event is to bring together early career researchers and students within the Centre to present their research and form possible collaborations. The workshop will consist of short presentations (5 – 8 mins presentations and 5 mins discussion, previous research and later-stage work are all welcome). Lunch and refreshment will be provided, there will also be time for open discussion and networking.

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
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).

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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.