The Complexity, Criticality and Computation (C3) symposia bring to light emerging research and ideas about complex systems. In particular, we explore the relationship between three key concepts:
A system can be thought of as complex if its dynamics cannot be easily predicted, or explained, as a linear summation of the individual dynamics of its components.
There is a growing awareness that complexity is strongly related to criticality, which is the behaviour of dynamical spatiotemporal systems at an order/disorder phase transition where scale invariance prevails.
Complex systems can also be viewed as distributed information-processing systems. Global systems behaviour (eg cell behaviour resultant from gene regulatory networks) emerges as the result of the local interaction of individuals - can these interactions be seen as a generic computational process?
The symposia take place every two years. Last held in 2019, and no event in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next symposium will take place in January 2023.
Our biannual Symposium on “Complexity, Criticality and Computation” (C3-2023) will take place during 15-21 January 2023 at the University of Queensland’s research station on Heron Island, a coral island on the Great Barrier Reef.
We will cover three foundational questions:
The program will span five days (Monday – Friday), and each day will be devoted to a specific topic, including critical phenomena, brain and mind, socio-biology, crisis modelling, and complexity economics.
This invitation-only event will provide opportunities for discussions and networking, especially between senior and early-career researchers.
The Centre for Complex Systems invited 16 early-career researchers and higher-degree-by-research students via its “Emerging Aspirations 2022” award scheme, with 8 more ECRs invited directly using project funding.
C3-2023 invited speakers include distinguished researchers from UK (University of Bristol, University College – London, University of Hertfordshire), USA (Arizona State University, EFS International, Institute for Systems Biology, Los Alamos National Lab, Santa Fe Institute) and Australia (Newcastle University, La Trobe University, RMIT, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Western Sydney).
The C3-2023 symposium is co-sponsored by the Centre for Complex Systems, and the postgraduate program in Complex Systems.
At this symposium, we focus on two broad themes: Sociophysics and Biocomplexity, across a diverse range of topics studied in Complex Systems:
For a full list of topics, see the Program.
Partners and sponsors
The C3 symposium is co-sponsored by the Centre for Complex Systems, and the postgraduate program in Complex Systems.
Entropy is a media partner of the symposium, sponsoring the best presentation award at the event, which will be determined by the C3-2019 Program Committee. Read the special issue of Entropy which follows the symposium.
The Centre for Complex Systems "Emerging Aspirations" award speakers:
At this symposium, we considered a diverse range of systems, applications, theoretical and practical approaches to computational modelling of modern complex systems. These included:
For a full list of topics, download a copy of the program (pdf, 98.4KB).
Sponsors and partners
The C3 symposium was co-sponsored by the Centre for Complex Systems, the CRISIS project, and the postgraduate program in Complex Systems.
Entropy was a media partner of the symposium. Read the special issue of Entropy which followed the symposium.