Synopses & Reviews
This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-conference proceedings of the First International Conference on Complex Sciences, Complex 2009, held in Shanghai, China, in February 2009. The 227 revised full papers presented together with 23 papers from five collated workshops (COART, ComplexCCS, ComplexEN, MANDYN, SPA) were carefully reviewed and selected. The papers address the following topics: theory of art and music, causality in complex systems, engineering networks, modeling and analysis of human dynamics, social physics and its applications, structure and dynamics of complex networks, complex biological systems, complex economic systens, complex social systems, complex engineering systems, as well as complex systems methods.
I was invited to join the Organizing Committee of the First International Conference on Complex Sciences: Theory and Applications (Complex 2009) as its ninth member. At that moment, eight distinguished colleagues, General Co-chairs Eugene Stanley and Gaoxi Xiao, Technical Co-chairs Janos Kertesz and Bing-Hong Wang, Local Co-chairs Hengshan Wang and Hong-An Che, Publicity Team Shi Xiao and Yubo Wang, had spent hundreds of hours pushing the conference half way to its birth. Ever since then, I have been amazed to see hundreds of papers flooding in, reviewed and commented on by the TPC members. Finally, more than 200 contributions were - lected for the proceedings currently in your hands. They include about 200 papers from the main conference (selected from more than 320 submissions) and about 33 papers from the five collated workshops: Complexity Theory of Art and Music (COART) Causality in Complex Systems (ComplexCCS) Complex Engineering Networks (ComplexEN) Modeling and Analysis of Human Dynamics (MANDYN) Social Physics and its Applications (SPA) Complex sciences are expanding their colonies at such a dazzling speed that it - comes literally impossible for any conference to cover all the frontiers.