APRIL 11 (Young Researchers Pre-Conference Event) / 12–13 (Main Conference), 2018   BINGHAMTON, NY

NERCCS 2018:
First Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems

Sponsored by the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo), the Center for Leadership Studies (CLS), the SUNY Conversations-in-the-Disciplines Program, the Complex Systems Society (CSS) Local Chapters Initiative, the National Science Foundation, Springer Nature, Hindawi, Systems journal by MDPI, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University

Background photo credit: Jonathan Cohen

NERCCS 2018 was a huge success! Check out the #NERCCS2018 hashtag timeline on Twitter to see how it was.

NERCCS 2018: The First Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems aims to establish a venue of interdisciplinary scholarly exchange for complex systems researchers in the Northeast U.S. region to share their research outcomes through presentations and post-conference online publications, network with their peers in the region, and promote inter-campus collaboration and the growth of the research community.

NERCCS will particularly focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students in the region who have only limited resources but will likely play a leading role in the field of complex systems science and engineering in the coming years.

The conference will be held in the Innovative Technologies Complex at Binghamton University, which is within driving distance from all major urban areas in the U.S. Northeast region.


*** Abstract/paper submission is now closed ***

Because of numerous requests, the submission deadline has been extended for one week, to January 22, 2018. Those who already submitted can update their submissions on EasyChair until then.

We call for papers for oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of complex systems research. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical foundations of complex systems
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Systems theory, information theory, and systems science
Game theory, decision theory, and socio-economical applications

Self-organization, pattern formation, and collective behavior
Structure and dynamics of complex networks
Sustainability and adaptability of complex systems
Bio-inspired systems, machine learning, and evolutionary computation

Data-driven approaches to complex systems
Applications to the humanities, art, and literature
Historical and philosophical aspects of complex systems
Complex systems and education

Submissions should be made as a single PDF file via EasyChair, in either extended abstract format (1 page) or full paper format (8 pages max.).

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Submissions will be evaluated and selected through rigorous peer review processes. The expected number of accepted presentations is about 45 (15~25 oral presentations and 20~30 poster presentations, depending on logistic constraints).

Best Student Paper / Best Poster Awards: NERCCS 2018 will offer the Best Student Paper and Best Poster Awards. The winners will be selected from accepted student papers and posters by the judge panel, which will be recognized with a certificate at the conference. For the Best Student Paper Award, the student must be the first author of the submitted paper. To qualify for the Best Student Paper award, add "Student:" to the beginning of the title when you enter the title information in EasyChair. Our sponsor publishers, Hindawi and MDPI, will offer prizes for these awards (publication fee waiver of Complexity for the Best Student Paper Award, and publication fee waiver of Systems for the Best Poster Award).

Award Winners:

Best Student Paper: Brennan Klein (Northeastern University)
"Quantifying the Causal Structure of Complex Networks"

Prize (publication fee waiver of Complexity) offered by Hindawi

Best Poster: Bing Yao (Pennsylvania State University)
"Numerical Simulation of the Conduction and Propagation of Spatiotemporal Electrodynamics on the Heart Surface"

Prize (publication fee waiver of Systems) offered by MDPI

Important Dates:

Submission deadline:  January 15, 2018 January 22, 2018 (EXTENDED, FINAL DEADLINE)
Notification to authors:  March 12, 2018
Camera-ready deadline:  March 30, 2018
Registration deadline:  April 2, 2018
Pre-conference event:  April 11, 2018
Main conference:  April 12-13, 2018

All student/postdoc participants whose submissions are accepted for presentations will receive a registration fee waiver.

Accepted authors can opt to publish their contributions free of charge in a new open-access online journal, Northeast Journal of Complex Systems (NEJCS), which is hosted by the Open Repository @ Binghamton (ORB).


Keynote Speakers


Ciro Cattuto Scientific Director
ISI Foundation

Springer Complexity Talk
High-Resolution Social Networks



Yaneer Bar-Yam New England Complex Systems Institute

Complexity [a Wiley Hindawi Journal] Talk
Complex Systems Science and the Transformation of Society



Patrick Grim Philosophy
Stony Brook University /
Center for the Study of Complex Systems
University of Michigan

Paradigm Shifts as Information Cascades on Conceptual Networks



Katie Bentley Immunology, Genertics and Pathology
Uppsala University /
Biomedical Engineering
Boston University

Do Endothelial Cells Dream of Eclectic Shape?



Hui Yang Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

Sensor-Based Modeling and Control of Nonlinear Dynamics for Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Health


Invited Speakers


Pamela Mischen Public Administration
Binghamton University

Building Better Communities, Organizations, ... : Modeling Adaptive Capacity and Resilience



Gourab Ghoshal Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Rochester

Structural Invariants in Street Networks



Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University

Designing Robot Collectives



Jianxi Gao Computer Science and Network Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Network Resilience



Sarah Muldoon Mathematics / Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences and Engineering
University at Buffalo

Building Brain Network Models



Esteban Moro Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology /
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Lifetime of a Tie: The Dynamics of Relationships in Social Networks


Young Researchers Pre-Conference Event Speakers


Bruno Gonçalves Center for Data Science
New York University


Stephen Uzzo Chief Scientist
New York Hall of Science


J. David Schaffer Binghamton University


Alfredo Morales New England Complex Systems Institute /
MIT Media Lab

+ Pamela Mischen, Andreas Pape, and Hiroki Sayama at Binghamton University also joining the "Teaching Complex Systems" session

Wednesday April 11

Young researchers pre-conference event

Details can be found here

Contact Evelyn Panagakou and Brennan Klein to get involved!



Morning session: Learning complex systems

Lunch panel: Teaching complex systems

Afternoon session: Learning complex systems, Doing complex systems

Around 6:00PM-
Social hour and dinner

Thursday April 12

Main conference: Day 1

Registration, light breakfast & poster setup

Opening remarks by Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger

Keynote talk 1: Ciro Cattuto

Invited talk 1: Gourab Ghoshal

Invited talk 2: Esteban Moro

Contributed talk sessions 1 & 2

Keynote talk 2: Katie Bentley

Invited talk 3: Pamela Mischen

Invited talk 4: Jianxi Gao

Contributed talk sessions 3 & 4

Keynote talk 3: Patrick Grim


Friday April 13

Main conference: Day 2

Registration & light breakfast

Morning Remarks by Hiroki Sayama

Keynote talk 4: Hui Yang

Invited talk 5: Sarah Muldoon

Invited talk 6: Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen

Contributed talk sessions 5 & 6

Keynote talk 5: Yaneer Bar-Yam

Contributed talk sessions 7 & 8

Award Announcements & Closing Remarks


Main Conference (April 12, 13): Center of Excellence Symposium Hall
Pre-Conference School (April 11): Engineering Science Building ES 2008
Innovative Technologies Complex
Binghamton University, State University of New York
85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY 13850

Parking will be available on the venue. Parking permit will be provided to registered participants not affiliated with Binghamton University.

NERCCS 2018 hotel special rates
Call the hotel directly and tell them you will be staying for "NERCCS" or "CoCo ORC Conference" to get the special rate.

Local accommodation options (Google Maps)

Information about Greater Binghamton Area



Registration Fees:

Student/postdoc (presenting):  Waived
Student/postdoc (not presenting):  $30
Academic:  $60
Industry:  $90

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2018

Online registration is now closed.
Missed the deadline? Contact nerccs2018@gmail.com for instructions of last-minute registration!


Organizing Committee:

General Chair:   Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University)
Program Chair:   Alfredo Morales (New England Complex Systems Institute / MIT Media Lab)
Poster Session Chair:   Changqing Cheng (Binghamton University)
Sponsorship Chair:   Andreas Pape (Binghamton University)
Logistics Chair:   Shelley Dionne (Binghamton University)
School Chair:   Evelyn Panagakou (Northeastern University)
Publications Chair:   Georgi Georgiev (Assumption College / Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Program Committee:

Andres Abeliuk     Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mamun     James Bagrow     Katie Bentley     Yu Chen     Changqing Cheng     Kenneth Chiu     Chunan Chou     Sean Cornelius     Catherine Cramer     Nima Dehghani     Shelley Dionne     James Dixon     Xiaowen Dong     Jianxi Gao     Simon Garnier     Georgi Georgiev     Gourab Ghoshal     Andres Gomez-Lievano     Patrick Grim     Todd Guilfoos     Matthijs Koopmans     Carl Lipo     Pamela Mischen     Alfredo Morales     Esteban Moro     Sarah Muldoon     Frank Neffke     Joseph Norman     Mike Norman     Tassos Noulas     Evelyn Panagakou     Andreas Pape     Flavio Pinheiro     Anca Radulescu     Bernard Ricca     Jonathan Roginski     Nasim Sabounchi     Marc Santolini     Hiroki Sayama     Samuel Scarpino     J. David Schaffer     Saray Shai     Dane Taylor     Stephen Uzzo     Justin Werfel     Hui Yang     Burcu Yucesoy     Ziang Zhang


Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems
Center for Leadership Studies
SUNY Conversations-in-the-Disciplines Program
Complex Systems Society (CSS) Local Chapters Initiative
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University
Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University