NERCCS 2020:

Third Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems

April 1–3, 2020   -:-   Buffalo, NY ONLINE ONLY!

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NERCCS 2020: The Third Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems will follow the success of NERCCS 2019 and NERCCS 2018 to promote the emerging venue of interdisciplinary scholarly exchange for complex systems researchers in the Northeast U.S. region to share their research outcomes through presentations and post-conference online publications, network with their peers in the region, and promote inter-campus collaboration and the growth of the research community. NERCCS is particularly focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students in the region who will likely play a leading role in the field of complex systems science and engineering in the coming years.

Important Update

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: The conference has gone ONLINE ONLY and will rely on Zoom meetings. We will email the meeting links to registered participants before the conference. (Registration is free.) Speakers can simply join the meeting and share their screen. A (free) Zoom account is recommended, but not necessary.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Posters will be available on this webpage prior to the conference. The poster session will be Thursday April 2, 4:40-6:10pm. We are asking poster presenters to upload a PDF of their poster and a 2-3 minute audio or video recording that summarizes their work by March 28. (It can be recorded through Zoom.) In addition, to allow participants to ask questions, we are asking each poster presenter to host their own Zoom meeting at a designated time within the poster session. Instructions will be emailed. Hosting requires a (free) Zoom account. We will create and share a schedule for these poster-focused Zoom meetings.

We are in the process of organizing training sessions for Zoom to help persons that are unfamiliar with it. Please volunteer to run a session if you are experienced with Zoom. The first training session will be Friday March 20 at 2pm (eastern time) and will be led by Juniper Lovato of the University of Vermont.

PRE-CONFERENCE SCHOOL: It will be in the afternoon of Wednesday April 1. See below for details.


Important Dates:

Submission deadline:   January 15, 2020 January 22, 2020 [Extended Deadline] 
Notification to authors:   February 15, 2020
Registration deadline:   March 27, 2020
Conference:   April 1-3, 2020

We call for submissions for oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of complex systems research. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical foundations of complex systems
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Systems theory, information theory, and systems science
Game theory, decision theory, and socio-economical applications

Self-organization, pattern formation, and collective behavior
Structure and dynamics of complex networks
Sustainability and adaptability of complex systems
Bio-inspired systems, machine learning, and evolutionary computation

Data-driven approaches to complex systems
Applications to the humanities, art, and literature
Historical and philosophical aspects of complex systems
Complex systems and education

Submissions should be made as an extended abstract via a single PDF file to  EasyChair. Before submitting, make sure to read the formatting instructions and use the formatting example in LaTeX

Submissions will be evaluated and selected through a rigorous peer review process.

Best Poster and Best Presentation Awards: NERCCS 2020 will give Awards to recognize the Best Posters and Best Presentations. The winners will be selected by a committee. Winners will be recognized at the end of the conference to award them with a certificate. In addition, Springer Nature is sponsoring the awards by providing the winners with their choice of Complex Systems book:

Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit an extended full paper of their work for a special issue of the Northeast Journal of Complex Systems (NEJCS), an open-access online journal hosted by the Open Repository @ Binghamton (ORB). No publication fee required. Interested authors should contact the Publication Chairs (Barney Ricca and Georgi Georgiev).

Award Winners:

Best Oral Presentation
Jean-Gabriel Young, George T. Cantwell and M. E. J. Newman. "Efficient and Fully Bayesian Inference of Complex Networks from Noisy Data"
Honorable Mention Oral Presentation
Lana Delasanta, Dobri Dotov, Laurel Trainor and Edward Large. "Analyzing Group Drumming Using a Dynamical Systems Approach"
Best Poster Presentation
Philip Chodrow, Nicole Eikmeier, Mari Kawakatsu, Dakota Murray, Ritwika Vps, Kate Wootton, Rodrigo Ramirez and Dan Larremore. “Emergence of Hierarchy in Networked Endorsement Dynamics”
Honorable Mention Poster Presentations
Eric Pena “Cellular Automaton Game of Life Optimization using Genetic Algorithms”
Zhasmina Tacheva and Natalie Simpson “Analyzing Actor-Topic-Event Networks: An Empirical Approach”



Keynote Speakers


Kerstin Dautenhahn Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics
- University of Waterloo -


Marianthi Markatou Associate Chair of Research and Healthcare Informatics
- University at Buffalo -


H. Eugene Stanley William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Physics
- Boston University -

Invited Speakers


Irina Benedyk Assistant Professor of Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
- University at Buffalo -


Winnie Chen Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering
- University at Buffalo -


Kenny Joseph Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
- University at Buffalo -


Nishant Malik Assistant Professor of Mathematics
- Rochester Institute of Technology -


Saray Shai Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Wesleyan University -


Sucheta Soundarajan Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Syracruse University -


School Program

Click here for the schedule and Zoom link.



Jane Adams Data Visualization Artist, Vermont Complex Systems Center
- University of Vermont -


James Bagrow Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
- University of Vermont -


Brennan Klein Graduate Student in Network Science
- Northeastern University -


Juniper Lovato Director of Education and Outreach, Vermont Complex Systems Center
- University of Vermont -


Samuel Rosenblatt Graduate Student in Computer Science
- University of Vermont -


Hiroki Sayama Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
- SUNY Binghamton -


Jean-Gabriel Young Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for the Study of Complex Systems
- University of Michigan -


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Organizing Committee:

General Chairs:   Sarah Muldoon (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Dane Taylor (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Program Chair:   Alfredo Morales (Redzone Production Systems / MIT Media Lab)
Poster Chair:   Naoki Masuda (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Education Chair:   Juniper Lovato (University of Vermont)
Logistics Chair:   Rajasekhar Anguluri (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Sponsorship Chair:   Gino Biondini (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Communication Chairs:   Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY)
John Ringland (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Publication Chairs:   Georgi Georgiev (Assumption College / Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Barney Ricca (St. John Fisher College)

Program Committee:

Andres Abeliuk     Yong-Yeol Ahn     Amir Akhavan     Yaniv Altshuler     James Bagrow     Jose Balsa     Ling Bian     Rachael Blair     Burcin Bozkaya     Changqing Cheng     Kenneth Chiu     Chun-An Chou     Sean Cornelius     James Dixon     Xiaowen Dong     Morgan Frank     Jianxi Gao     Simon Garnier     Bruno Gonçalves     Georgi Georgiev     Patrick Grim     Leila Hedayatifar     Kenny Joseph     Maksim Kitsak     Matthijs Koopmans     Istvan Kovacs     Carl Lipo     Nishant Malik     Naoki Masuda     Alfredo Morales     Sarah Muldoon     Joseph Norman     Michael Norman     Andreas Pape     Flavio Pinheiro     Barney Ricca     A. Erdem Sarıyüce     Hiroki Sayama     J. David Schaffer     Ferdinand Schweser     Saray Shai     Sarah Shugars     Per Sebastian Skardal     Konstantinos Slavakis     Dane Taylor     Emma Towlson     Justin Werfel     Jean-Gabriel Young    


Complex Systems Society: US Northeast Chapter
Department of Mathematics, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Jacobs School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY
College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY