Event Detail

Approaches to Evolution of Complex Systems

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Nov 11 to Nov 12, 2016

Complexity Science Hub Vienna & KLI Klosterneuburg
Organized by: Stefan Thurner, Johannes Jäger, Ulf Diekmann, Manfred Laubichler

Topic Description

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. The need to rigorously understand evolutionary systems is bigger than ever before. Humanity as a whole is facing numerous complex challenges. Increased understanding of complex evolutionary dynamics will have wide implications for analysis and management of health, eco-systems, financial markets, societal change, and innovation in the economy.

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop organized by the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, KLI Klosterneuburg, IIASA, and Arizona State University is to discuss progress in how to conceptualize, quantify, model, and manage the dynamics of evolving complex systems.



19:00-21:00 Informal get-together


09:00-09:30 Welcome and Introduction

09:30-10:15 Eörs Szathmary, Eötvös University Budapest

Language, biology, and Luc Steels

10:15-11:00 Erik van Nimwegen, University of Basel

Noise and the evolution of regulatory systems

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Francesca Tria, ISI Foundation

Innovation through the expansion into the adjacent possible

12:00-12:45 Imre Kondor, Parmenides Foundation, London Mathematical Laboratory

On top and beyond networks

12:45-14:00 Lunchbreak

14:00-14:45 Ulf Dieckmann, IIASA

14:45-15:30 Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University & Santa Fe Institute

Extended Evolution Theory: Context and History in Evolutionary Dynamics

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:30 Stefanie Widder, CeMM

The human microbiome - a complex ecosystem in health and disease

16:30-17:15 Stefan Thurner, Medical University of Vienna, SFI, IIASA, CSH

Combinatorial Evolution and its Statistics

Guest: Karl Sigmund, University of Vienna, IIASA

19:00-21:00 Workshop Dinner


09:00-09:45 Jonathan Bard, University of Edinburgh, Oxford University

Mutation, variation, and the schizophrenic gene

09:45-10:30 Hans Metz, IIASA

How observations can be misinterpreted due to the complexity of the generating system

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Berta Verd, KLI

Evolving developmental processes with dynamical systems

11:30-12:15 Paulien Hogeweg, University of Utrecht

Multilevel evolution: evolution of mutational neighborhood and new selection pressures

12:15-13:00 Lunchbreak

13:00-13:45 Peter Stadler, University of Leipzig

Limits of Dynamic Programming

13:45-14:30 Peter Klimek, Medical University of Vienna

Evolutionary Dynamics from a Variational Principle

14:30-15:15 Wim Hordijk, KLI

Evolvability of Autocatalytic Sets

15:15 -15:30 Discussion and Conclusion: Johannes Jäger, KLI

19:00 Informal dinner