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Workshop on Modeling Complex Systems

This workshop was completed November 20-21, 2002

Reid Engineering Laboratory Conference Facility University of Nevada, Reno

From fractals measurements to modeling complex systems: How do we get there?


Workshop and Introductory Class

“Modeling Complex Systems”

Class: November 19

Workshop: November 20-21, 2002

Reid Engineering Conference Facility, University of Nevada, Reno

Topical disciplines:

Disciplines include engineered systems at all scales (large-scale structural engineering, nanotechnology, artificial life, traffic systems, granular matter, etc.), geology, mineralogy, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, oceanography, climatology, microbiologically mediated processes, biological systems, and ecology.

Class description:

This course, to be instructed by Yaneer Bar-Yam, will introduce several approaches to the study of complex systems, and will give an overview of the application of complex systems science to research and modeling. Basic concepts will be reviewed and implications for the study of inanimate, biological, sociological and engineered systems will be discussed.

 Three types of presentations will be offered:

  1. Key note presentations - 60 min
  2. Instructional talks - 40 min (including discussion)
  3. Review talks - 30 min (including discussion)
  4. Research papers - 20 min (including discussion)

Program Schedule:

Tuesday (Nov-19)

Cx Clsss registration 8:00 - 8:30

(Reid Eng. Lab Conf. Facility)

Complex Systems Class

(NECSI) 9:00 - 5:00

Wednesday (Nov-20)

Desk registration 8:00 - 9:00

Continental breakfast 8:15 - 9:00

(Reid Eng. Lab Conf. Facility)

Sessions - I & II 9:00 - 5:00

Thursday (Nov-21)

Continental breakfast 8:15 - 9:00

(Reid Eng. Lab Conf. Facility)

Sessions - III & IV 9:00 - 5:00

Abstract submission:

Abstracts not exceeding ~500 words, including author, institution, and e-mail address (AGU format required: should be submitted via e-mail in Microsoft Word 2000 (or later) to: Victor Mossotti ( no later than November 1st, 2002.

Publication of proceedings & Author's guidelines:

Manuscripts in the form of extended abstracts or short papers will be published in workshop proceedings as a formal publication. Speakers are invited to submit manuscripts before the meeting. Manuscripts will also be accepted up to two months after the meeting. A link to the proceedings volume will become available on this website shortly after the workshop. Manuscripts for the proceedings should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to: Victor Mossotti at: ; AGU format is suggested:

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Important dates/deadlines:

Registration $190*
Registration for Complex Systems Class Must register with: New England Complex Systems Institute $90**
Abstract submission by Nov 1
Paper submission to be available at workshop Nov 1
Workshop Nov 19-21

* Includes continental breakfast Nov 20 & 21, lunch Nov 20, breaks, reception & dinner at DRI (Nov 20th evening), and transportation to DRI from University Inn.

** Includes two coffee breaks for Cx class Nov. 19th

Student registration fee: $80 for all sessions, meals, breaks, services, & events (limited number). Total participants will be limited to 100.


Please e-mail the following information to:
Ms. Ellen Jacobson at:

Make check payable to:
College of Engineering, UNR

Mail check to:
Ellen Jacobson
College of Engineering, SEM-132
Mail Stop 256
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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Travel Considerations:

The workshop will be held at the Reid Engineering Conference Facility, College of Engineering, University of Nevada-Reno (UNR). A reception and dinner will take place at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), 2215 Raggio Parkway, at the north end of Reno, on November 20th; round-trip transportation for the reception and dinner will be provided from the University Inn (signups for 6:00 pm boarding are requested). Taxi fare to DRI from UNR is about $7.00.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the University Inn ($55), located at the UNR campus. An abundance of rooms are available in downtown Reno ranging in price from about $35 to $65; the UNR campus is approximately a ten-minute walk from downtown. Please make reservations directly with the hotels:

University Inn: 775-323-0321; special rates will be held until Oct. 1, 2002. Use conference name to obtain special rate.

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Shuttles are available from the Reno airport to the University Inn ($3.50) and to downtown Reno (free with room reservations). Although all major car rental companies are represented at the Reno Airport, a rental car should not be necessary for the purposes of the workshop.

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