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Balinese rice terraces: how to manage scarce resources globally

CSH’s J. Stephen Lansing and Stefan Thurner took a closer look at the cooperative management of rice terraces in Bali and developed a model that shows that adaptation in a coupled human-natural system can trigger self-organized criticality (SOC). Together with their co-authors they published their findings in the PNAS article Adaptive self-organization of Bali’s ancient rice terraces. Adaptive SOC is a self-organizing process where local adaptations drive the system toward local and global optima. Steve Lansing, CSH External Faculty, will be visiting the Hub during the last two weeks in June and will give a talk on June 27 at 4pm at the Hub.

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First Meeting of the CSH Associate Faculty

On May 23, the first meeting of the CSH Associate Faculty took place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Researchers from AIT, IIASA, Medical University of Vienna, TU Wien, Graz University of Technology, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and CeMM came together to discuss how we can create together an internationally leading institution that is dealing with big data and complexity problems. We thank all participants for their contributions and are particularly greateful to Helga Nowotny (Chair of the SAB) and W. Brian Arthur (Founding member and External Faculty at Santa Fe Institute) for sharing their insights.

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A week of fascinating talks at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna

On May 22, W. Brian Arthur was giving an inspiring lecture on “Combinatorial Evolution” at the Hub in front of our faculty and guests. This was followed by a visit and talk by Sander van der Leeuw on May 23 on the "Information Society as a Complex System - Sustainability and the ICT revolution". For more details please follow this link. On Friday, May 26 at 2:15pm, the next top-class lecture will be held by Constantino Tsallis, CSH External Faculty, on “Nonadditive entropy: small price to satisfy thermodynamics - Theory and experiments”. Please find out more and register here.

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Klimek, Hanel, and Kautzky-Willer on optimal gender-specific treatment

CSH Associate Faculty Peter Klimek and Rudolf Hanel from MUW partnered up with the Austrian Researcher of the Year 2016 Alexandra Kautzky-Willer to take a closer look on gender related differences in the treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases or cancers. The study is titled “Optimal gender-specific treatment paths on healthcare multiplex networks”. Their goal is clear: contributing to more stringent considerations of gender differences in the treatments of NCDs and thus to better targeted, more patient oriented, and more efficient therapeutic approaches that contribute to cost reductions and the better allocation of resources.

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W. Brian Arthur arrived at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna

We are happy to welcome W. Brian Arthur at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Brian, one of the pioneers of the science of complexity — the science of how patterns and structures self-organize, will stay with us for the next few days to explore areas of collaboration. We are very much looking forward to his talk on May 22 at 4 pm on “Combinatorial Evolution”. If you would like to join please register HERE.

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Call for Abstracts – Kreyon Conference, September 6-9, 2017 in Rome

The Kreyon Conference "Unfolding the dynamics of creativity and innovation" will be held in Rome from September 6-9, 2017, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The aim of the conference is to gather scientists from many different disciplines (physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, social and cognitive sciences, arts, economics, business) to address fundamental questions about how people express their creativity and innovate both at the individual and collective levels. Applications for short presentations, posters, or interactive installations should be submitted by June 20, 2017. Find more information on the Kreyon Conference´s website.

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We are hiring a Data Visualization & UX/UI Design Specialist

The Complexity Science Hub Vienna is hiring a Data Visualization & UX7UI Design Specialist (full time) for the development of a continuously evolving portfolio of apps and online services to interactively visualize complex data sets. You will be joining an interdisciplinary group of researchers who use various forms of visual design and software development programs. Please apply and share!

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Philip Ball on Geoffrey West´s new opus “Scale” in Nature Magazine

Geoffrey West, CSH External Faculty, is a theoretical physicist and former director of the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico that Philip Ball describes as the “mecca of multidisciplinary complexity studies”. In his review of Geoffrey´s new book “Scale” he is not just applauding the author, but also pointing out how influential the Santa Fe Institute has been by “inspiring similar complexity hubs from Singapore to Arizona, Amsterdam and Vienna”. Read the article HERE.

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Run on CSH Workshop “Re-inventing Society in the Digital Age”

In case you missed the workshop on May 9, check out the collection of VIDEOS.

The CSH Workshop “Re-inventing Society in the Digital Age” was held on May 8 and 9 and concluded with a public lecture program on the second day that was very well attended. After the welcome of CSH's president Stefan Thurner and the introductory talk by Helga Nowotny, Chair of CSH's Science Advisory Board, Dirk Helbing introduced the numerous attendees to the topic. There were exciting, humorous, and sometimes even a bit frightening talks during the day. Find out more on Facebook.

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Another Reason Trump Should Like Free Trade – Based on Results from CSH Research

In an article on BloombergView Marc Buchanan explains that free trade increases the resilience of the global supply chains using results from the study “Systemic trade risk of critical resources” by CSH's Peter Klimek and Stefan Thurner as well as IIASA's Michael Obersteiner. They found “that the structure of international trade linkages can similarly have a huge influence on stability of resource flows through the global economy”, Buchanan summarizes.

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CSH Workshop: Re-inventing Society in the Digital Age

On May 8-9, the Complexity Science Hub Vienna will gather top researchers on the topic of “Re-inventing Society in the Digital Age”. Organized by Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich and External Faculty of CSH, and Stefan Thurner, CSH President, the workshop participants will shed light on the impact of digital technology on the areas of our daily lives and attempt to sketch out the first outlines of a Society 4.0. On 9 May, the workshop will be opened to a broader public with presentations and a closing panel discussion.

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Vienna March for Science, April 22

“Together for science” - hundreds of people participated in the Vienna March for Science – as one of over 500 marches worldwide on April 22. The Vienna March for Science walked from Sigmund-Freud-Park through the City center to Maria-Theresien-Platz.

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Complexity Science Hub Vienna stands with CEU

On April 10, 2017, the President of the Republic of Hungary, Janos Ader, signed into law amendments to Hungary’s national higher education legislation which restrict the academic freedom for CEU and other international universities operating in Hungary. CEU is now continuing to pursue all legal remedies available to be able to stay in Budapest. CSH is calling out for solidarity with CEU, an important scientific partner of the Hub. We are deeply worried about the scientific and personal existence of the scientists working at CEU – four of them being External Faculty of CSH. Please show your solidarity – there are various possibilities summarized HERE.

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We welcome David Garcia at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Starting in September 2017, David Garcia will be joining the Hub as a Medical University of Vienna group leader to build a research group funded by WWTF (Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators Call). In his research David will yield his experience in social psychology and advanced computer science, including information retrieval, big data computing, and machine learning.

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New international banking rules would not prevent another financial crisis

The Basel III regulatory framework, as planned, will not reduce systemic risk in the financial sector, according to new research from S. Poledna, O. Bochmann S. Thurner. Instead, regulations should aim to increase the resilience of financial networks. Current regulations aimed at reducing risk of crisis in the financial sector will not effectively reduce that risk, according to this new IIASA research published in the journal Economic Dynamics and Control. Introducing regulations that aim to increase the system network resilience would be more effective, the study shows. The question how to prevent economic crisis which can be extremely costly is one of the main objectives the Complexity Science Hub Vienna is working on. Also have a look at the work of Peter Klimek and colleagues on the quantification of economic resilience.

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Santa Fe Institute's David Wolpert gave inspiring talk at the Hub

What do you do if there are just too many projects you are involved in and too much research you could talk about? You do it like David Wolpert, narrow it down and split the talk in two parts. Accompanied by questions and a lively discussion, the Professor from Santa Fe Institute held a fascinating talk in front of a highly interested audience.

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Quantifying Social Contacts

Janos Kertesz, External Faculty of CSH, Professor at Central European University Budapest, and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, did not only receive extensive media coverage these days in the Austrian daily Der Standard, April 5, but also held a lecture on April 7 about the Multiplex Modeling of the Society. Did you know that social interaction is not free of scale?

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Peter Klimek on 'economic resilience quantified'

The understanding of the resilience of economies is in its infancy – but complexity scientists are working on it. On March 31 Peter Klimek, member of the CSH Associate Faculty, held a captivating talk about the quantification of economic resilience at the Hub.

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Weber-Fechner law in political opinions

Vito Servedio, Senior Research Scientist at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, gave a talk about an online experiment he and colleagues conducted in 2013 right before the last Italian national elections. He showed the results which intended to uncover voter´s perception of the Italian political space at that time.

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Helga Nowotny on the 10th Anniversary of the ERC

Ten years after its foundation, former ERC President and Chair of CSH's Science Advisory Board Helga Nowotny sums up the European Research Council's first decade and gives an outlook on the next ten years of “frontier research” made in Europe in an Editorial for Science Magazine (Vol 355 Issue 6329). Nowotny advises the ERC to “keep the frontier spirit alive by creating conditions for younger researchers that spur them to boldly move ahead”. Read the editorial here.

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2017 Women´s Networking Event at CSH

On the occasion of the International Women´s Day on March 8, the Complexity Science Hub Vienna hosted the "AIT Women´s Day". In a lively discussion Sandra Schneider, responsible for gender issues at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, spoke with Agnes Ehmann (Wacker Chemie AG), Elke Guenther (AIT) and Claudia Mezzina-Macher (Generali Group) about their experience in founding networks for women in business.

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Janos Kertesz at the Hub

Janos Kertesz, External Faculty Member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and Professor at Central European University Budapest, is visiting researcher at the Hub from March 1 to May 31. We are engaging in scientific collaboration particularly in the context of network theory and opinion formation.

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Feb 1: Book Presentation: Visions for Complexity

At our opening conference in May last year, leading complexity scientists from all over the globe shared their vision about the frontiers of the science of complex systems, where complexity science will most likely be in a decade from now, and in what ways it can contribute to address some of the challenges that our societies and the planet are facing. Their visions have been collected and are published in the book "43 Visions for Complexity". This book was presented on February 1, 2017, at 6 pm at the Hub with remarks by Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich, on the "Future of Democracy" and an exhibit of selected works from Olaf Osten, the artist who designed the book.

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Dec 2: Mobility and energy transforming the automotive industry

Manfred Laubichler, member of the CSH Science Advisory Board, and Carlo C Jaeger published the article “In Elektroautos mehr sehen als nur ein Verkehrsmittel” in the German weekly Die Zeit. According to the authors, an evolutionary transformation approach of the automotive sector towards the electric car is needed taking into account both the mobility and energy sectors. Evolutionary innovation theory helps to better understand this transformation process and its implications. Read the article here (in German).

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CSH Workshop Series: Approaches to Evolution of Complex Systems

Evolutionary processes pose fundamental challenges to a quantitative predictive understanding. One of the main reasons for this lack of predictability is the fact that the configuration space of evolving complex systems cannot be pre-stated. Dimensionality and boundary conditions change with every innovation. These systems incessantly explore what Kauffman has termed the adjacent possible.

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Oct 17: First Data Scientist joins CSH

We are happy to welcome Vito D.P. Servedio as our first data scientist at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Vito joins CSH from the Italian National Research Council Institute of Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) and Sapienza University of Rome, where he worked in the field of complex systems with particular attention to social dynamics, information dynamics, and innovation dynamics.

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Oct 10/11: CSH Workshop Series - Future Directions in Medical Data Science - Oct 10/11

Most chronic disorders are caused by multiple genetic processes that act in concert with environmental factors. Recent advances in handling and analyzing large data sets on such disease-causing mechanisms, their interactions, and their associated phenotypes enable a novel, quantitative, and data-driven approach to understand human disease. This workshop brings together leading experts from the forefront of these developments to discuss future research directions.

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IIASA joins the Hub

On May 23, during the opening ceremony of the new location of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, IIASA was officially announced as CSH's newest member.

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CSH moves to Palais Strozzi

The Hub has found a home. It moved to Palais Strozzi beginning its activities May 1, 2016. The Palais is conveniently located at the center of Vienna, and will host the researchers. It will share infrastructure with the Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS).

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CSH Workshop: Complexity Science – Big Data for Smart Cities

Complexity Science Hub Vienna hosted a topical workshop on big data and smart cities at the AIT on June 17, 2015. Speakers included Christina Johnson, Bertil Anderson, Markus Schlapfer and Gerhard Schmitt. The workshop included working group meetings with decision makers, and representatives of the city of Vienna and the Ministry of Infrastructure BMVIT.

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CSH Public Lecture

Cell phones, Social Networks, Crowds, and Digital Phenotyping presented by Jukka-Pekka Onnela (Harvard University).

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