[Conferences] [WCCS14] Submission deadline approaching - don't miss the great opportunity to visit Agadir and Marrakesh - Morocco

WCCS14 Complex Systems wccs14.agadir at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 02:34:11 CEST 2014

Dear Colleagues,

This is a reminder about the submission deadline for 2014 IEEE World
Conference on Complex Systems(Agadir-Morocco):  May 15, 2014

For additional information, please visit the official page for the

Here are some news we would like to recall:

(I) The proceedings will be included in the IEEE digital library (IEEE
Xplore). Extended versions of best papers will be invited for publication
in one of the following prestigious journals:
1- International Journal of Intelligent Systems (Impact factor: 1.416  ISI
Journal Citation Reports)
2- Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (Impact factor 0.1
Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports)
3- International Journal of Adaptive, Resilient and Autonomic Systems
(IJARAS) (Indexed)
4- International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications (IJSCC)
5- International Journal of Applied Evolutionary Computation (IJAEC)

(II) Six great keynote speakers confirmed:

1-  Prof. Ronald R. Yager: Director of the Machine Intelligence
Institute,Iona College (New York) USA.

Talk Title:Computational Intelligence for Information Fusion and Decision
Abstract: Intelligent decision-making requires the use of all available
information. However the information used for decision-making generally
comes from multiple sources and is expressed in various modalities. We are
interested in the problem of multi-source information fusion in the case
when the information provided has some uncertainty. In order to address
this problem we need to provide methods for the representation of different
types of uncertain information. Here we shall discuss some computational
intelligence based approaches for attaining this capability. One approach
we consider is the use of a set measure for the representation of uncertain
information. . We look at some non-standard representations of imprecise
information particularly Pythagorean fuzzy sets. We shall also look at some
aggregation approaches for the fusion of this information.

2-  Prof. Nigel Gilbert: Director of the Centre for Research in Social
Simulation (CRESS), University of Surrey, UK.

Talk Title:Predictions, forecasts and scenarios: what can models of complex
socio-economic systems tell us?
Abstract: Almost all social systems are complex, in the sense that they are
composed of many interacting units, and have emergent behaviour and
sensitivity to initial conditions. This makes it both theoretically and
practically problematic to expect models of social systems to be useful for
making predictions about their future behaviour, yet such predications are
what many policy-oriented models are expected to provide. In this talk, I
shall suggest why social systems need to be treated as complex, consider
the implications for making predictions, and review current approaches for
deriving policy conclusions from models, focussing mainly on agent-based
modelling. I shall propose that scenario analysis is the way to go and show
what we can learn from scenarios generated from agent-based simulations.

3-  Prof. Matjaž Mulej : Vice-president of IASCYS,University of Maribor,

Abstract: Social responsibility (SR) provides a chance for innovative
change by its basis:
Interdependence and holism as SR’s essence in the ISO 26000 (ISO, 2010) on
SR (supported by its 7 principles and 7 steps of making SR normal) and
European Union’s (2011) support SR it by EU’s definition that SR means
one’s responsibility for one’s impact on society.
Innovation makes a crucial impact on society. It results from
idea-suggestion-invention-potential innovation-innovation-diffusion process
(IIDP). In IIDP, specialists of several professions are necessary. Narrow
specialization is necessary, but equally so is one more specialists’
capacity: cooperation helps humans prevent oversights and resulting
failures, because it enables more holistic thinking/behavior. The narrow
specialization is so strong that many hardly see that (requisitely)
holistic thinking/behavior – enabled by interdisciplinary creative
cooperation, backed by (ethics of) interdependence – makes specialization
of any profession and organization much more beneficial than any operation
inside itself alone. Owners, managers and staff can benefit from SR, but
need knowledge and values to implement SR. Government and other influential
entities should support them with the model suggested here.

4-  Prof. Hans Van Vliet:  Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Talk Title:Social Structures in Software Engineering:
Abstract: Software is designed and written by groups of people, often
distributed across sites and continents. These groups form social
communities, with different ties, governance structures, membership
structures, and so on. In this talk I explore ways to map the actual
structure of a software development project onto well-known Organizational
Social Structures in order to assess quality aspects of a software
development organization, and software developed, in terms of this mapping.

5-  Prof. Alain ABRAN :  University of Québec, Canada

Talk Title:Software Estimation & Measurement: From Malpractices to
Abstract: In the Dark Ages the ‘Lords of the country’ were expecting that
their ‘alchemists’ - the ‘gurus’ of their era - would come up with
mysterious formula that would transform ‘dust’ into ‘pots of gold!
A lot of current software estimation models, practices and metrics,
including in Agile and COCOMO-like models, share characteristics observed
in the Dark Ages. Furthermore, when compared to current practices from
engineering and sciences, quite a few could be associated to professional
malpractices in this 21st century!
This talk will present criteria to assess the quality of estimation models
and software measures, and will illustrate this with many instances where
‘feel good’ is preferred to ‘engineering strengths’.

6-  Prof.Pierre Bricage, University of Pau & Pays de l'Adour, France.

Talk Title:Survival Management by Living Systems. A General System Theory
of the Space-Time Modularity and Evolution of Living Systems:
Abstract: To survive that is 'to eat and not to be eaten'. Any alive
system, within its ecoexotope of survival, is integrated into a food chain:
it eats and is eaten! To survive and live on, whatever its spatial and
temporal organisation, it owns 7 invariant capacities (gauge invariance) .
The system is built by embedments and juxtapositions of preexisting ones in
a new whole (endophysiotope). Whatever the level of organisation, the
ecoexotope has always a limited capacity of hosting. To survive and live
on, the system needs a capacity to be hosted but it has 'to be lucky' for
'to be at the right place at the right time'. Soon or late it is impossible
not to be eaten. Man is not an exception. The modularity of alive systems
allows both a partial allocation and a global recycling of matter and
energy. The pleiotropy of the structures and functions, allowing 'to make
of a stone several knocks', is the mechanism of exaptation. Within any
ecoexotope, the agoantagonistic balance ends soon or late with the
disappearance of predators, resulting in a reduction of biodiversity. The
merging into
'Associations for the Reciprocal and Mutual Sharing of Advantages and
DisAdvantages' allows the emergence of a new biodiversity. These fruitful
paradigm of ARMSADA is independent from the dimensional scaling: the local
and global quantitative laws of space-time structuring and functioning are
the same. Depending on how they become mutually integrated into their
global whole, the local actors are more and less dependent from the new
global level of organisation. Reversely (systemic constructal law), the
global whole is reciprocally integrating the
local parceners ? The evolution of living systems is often seen as a
“cooperative evolution”. Resulting from altruist behaviours it could be
modelled and simulated using games like the prisoners' dilemma game. Is the
same true for Man's artefacts like banking systems? In what manner is the
prisoners' dilemma game justifying extrusion ? What can we learn from
Reinforcement Learning Dynamics in Social Dilemmas ? In reality, humans
display a systemic bias towards cooperative behaviour, much more so than
predicted by models of "rational" self-interested action. Models based on
different kinds of payoffs and driving forces, where people forecast how
the game would be played if they formed coalitions to maximise their
forecasts, are shown to make better predictions that resemble reality. How
are the laws of spatial-temporal structuring and functioning of banking
systems associated with the basic law of survival of living systems ? How
do local actors become mutually integrated into their global whole? And
reversely, why and how is the global whole reciprocally integrating the
local parceners? Is victory a strategic success? What are the roots for
interdependence, conflicts and strategic order challenges? How is emerging
a new power balance? Can banking systems survive as parasitic systems ? Is
a “money chain“ a way of violence escalade, like a “food chain“ is? Is not
the ARMSADA paradigm the best way to improve the survival of our societies?

Best regards,

— WCCS14 Organizing Committee

President of Morroccan Society of Complex Systems
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