Center for
Collective Dynamics of
Complex Systems
@ Binghamton University

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What Is CoCo?

CoCo is an interdisciplinary Organized Research Center (ORC) at Binghamton University that studies the collective dynamics of various types of interacting agents as complex systems. Its goals are to

  1. advance our understanding about the collective dynamics of physical, biological, social, and engineered complex systems through scientific research,

  2. promote interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students in different schools and departments, and

  3. translate the understanding to products and processes which will improve the well-being of people at regional, state, national and global scales.

With the active participation of  faculty members with diverse backgrounds, CoCo has been playing a key role in producing several new interdisciplinary research projects since 2007 as an informal research group. It officially became a designated ORC of the University on July 1st, 2015.

There is a mailing list run by CoCo for general discussions on complex systems. To subscribe, please contact Hiroki Sayama.

List of Faculty Participants

See news article on CoCo in the 2009 Binghamton University Research Magazine

What Are Complex Systems?

Complex systems are networks of many components with nonlinear interactions which arise and evolve through self-organization, such that the system is neither completely regular nor completely random, permitting the development of emergent behavior. These properties can be found in many real-world systems, e.g., gene regulatory networks in a cell, physiological systems, brains and other neural systems, food webs, stock markets, the Internet, and social networking systems. We study their structural/dynamical properties to obtain general, cross-disciplinary implications and applications.

CoCo Seminar Series: Fall 2015

Wednesday 8:30-9:30am
Engineering Building R-3 (SSIE Conference Room)
With refreshments; followed by free discussions

[Seminar Schedule Flyer]

September 16: Jean Marie Dembele (Computer Science, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Sénégal)
"A Gene Regulatory Network for Artificial Cells Proliferation Control"
[Flyer] [Video]

October 5 [Special CoCo/EvoS joint seminar; 5:15pm in AAG 008]: Charles Goodnight (Biology, University of Vermont)
"Using Multilevel Selection Theory to Define the Individual"
[Flyer] [Video]

October 14: Huiyang Li (Systems Science and Industrial Engineering)
"Function Allocation in Human-Automation Systems: The Case of Space Teleoperation"
[Flyer] [Video]

October 21: Malte Möser (Information Systems, University of Münster, Germany)
"From Blockchain to Consensus: Design and Challenges of Cryptographic Currencies"
[Flyer] [Video]

October 22: [Keynote lecture at CoCo ORC kick-off event; 11:30am in ES 2008]
Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute) [Flyer] [Video]

October 28: Timothy Masters (Independent researcher and author)
"Predicting Complex Financial Markets"
[Flyer] [Video]

November 11: Hiroki Sayama (Systems Science and Industrial Engineering)
"Modeling Individual Behavioral State Transitions from Experimental Observations of Termite Collectives" [Flyer] [Video]

November 25: Andreas Pape (Economics) and John Zhang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
[Note: Thus seminar will be held in UU 120]

"Simulating a Binghamton Smart Grid Using Case-based Decision Theory" [Flyer] [Video]

December 2: Nesrine Ouannes (Computer Science, University of Biskra, Algeria)
[Note: Thus seminar will be at 9:30-10:30am]

"Evolving Foraging Behaviors of Virtual Creatures in a Simulated Ecosystem" [Flyer]

Also check out the schedule of EvoS Seminars

Past Seminars

Spring 2015 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2014 / Fall 2013 / Spring 2013 / Fall 2012 / Spring 2012 / Fall 2011 / Spring 2011 / Fall 2010 / Spring 2010 / Fall 2009 / Spring 2009 / Fall 2008

Video Archives on Vimeo

See also HotCoCo, informal meetings organized and run by CoCo students.

Research Foci

Social Dynamics: The utilization and extension of agent-based modeling, evolutionary theory, game theory, and network theory to model, analyze and improve the behaviors of social systems. Current research topics include agent-based modeling of socio-economical dynamics of the Greater Binghamton area; modeling leadership, team performance and organizational decision making; and evolution of cooperative/competitive strategies in social systems.

Network Dynamics: The utilization and extension of complex network theory to explore the connectivity between elements, growth and self-organization, and dynamical evolution of various complex networks. Current research topics include modeling power grids as multiplex networks; distributed control mechanisms for adaptive power grids; and application of network analysis to psychological data.

Swarm Dynamics: The investigation of collective behavior and pattern formation in massive populations of biological or biomimetic autonomous agents. Current research topics include theoretical investigation of morphogenetic collective systems; design and evaluation of hierarchical heterogeneous particle swarm optimization; and automated modeling of termite behaviors.

Current and Past Projects


Contact Us

Hiroki Sayama, DSc, Director (Systems Science and Industrial Engineering)
Andreas Pape, PhD, Associate Director (Economics)
Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems
Binghamton University, State University of New York,

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