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Submission of special sessions

Submission for special sessions are welcome.

To submit a special session, you must send an email to the following adresses, before April 16th :

You have to indicate in your submission :
  • the topic of your session ;
  • the organization committee ;
  • a list of at least 5 expected papers with the authors

The acceptance of special session will be given on April 20th, 2009.

The session organizers will have to manage the reviews and they will send the camera-ready copy of all the session paper on May 22th, 2008 to the following adresses :

Special sessions already proposed or expected

1. From nonlinear dynamics to Biology & BioMedicine

  • Organizer:
    Christophe Letellier, CORIA, University of Rouen, France

  • List of papers/presentations:
    • Jurgen Kurths (Potsdam, Germany)
    • Daniel J. Cross & Robert Gilmore (Drexel University, Philadephia, USA)
      • Representations of Dynamical Systems
    • Marat Rafikov (Universidade Federal do ABC - UFABC, Santo André, Brazil)
      • "Controlling the interaction between wild and transgenic mosquitoes"
    • Marc Lefranc (University of Lille, France)
    • Dider Gonze (University of Bruxelles, Belgium)
      • "Modeling circadian rhythms: molecular mechanism, effect of noise, and inter-cellular synchronization"
    • C. Letellier, U. S. Freitas, R. Naeck, D. Bounoiare, E. Roulin, A. Cuvelier & J.-F. Muir
      • "Nonlinear analysis of biomedical systems"
    • Philippe Faure (Pasteur Institute, France) & Annick Lesne (Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de la Matière Condensée - Paris VI, France)
      • "Recurrence plot analysis of mice trajectories"
    • P.-E. Morant, Q. Thommen, F. Corellou, C. Vandermoere, F.-Y. Bouget and M. Lefranc
      • A minimal circadian clock in unicellular green alga Ostreococcus tauri

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

2. Complexity in Soft and Condensed matter

  • Organizing Committee
    Arnaud Prigent, LOMC, University of Le Havre, France
    Daniel Bonamy, LNOSC, DSM/IRAMIS/SPCSI, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
    François Daviaud, Groupe Instabilités & Turbulence, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CEA Saclay,Gif-sur-Yvette, France
    Innocent Mutabazi, LOMC, University of Le Havre, France

  • Invited speaker
    Hugues Chaté (Groupe Théorie des Systèmes Complexes, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CEA Saclay)

  • Synopsis
    Complexity can be observed in many aspects of Soft and Condensed matter physics. Examples include turbulent flows in liquid, glassy dynamics, granular matter, complex fluids, damage and fracture of disordered materials, earthquakes, domain growth in ferroelectric or magnetic materials, superconductivity, dislocations in crystals, surface and interface dynamics in deposition problems, among other realisations. Despite their diversity, these systems share similar features: the emergence of generic collective behaviours from the interaction between the elementary constituents that cannot be understood or predicted simply by some averaging over the behaviour of individual components.

    Statistical physics represents the privileged tool of physicists to study these systems. However understanding this complex matter necessitates new theoretical developments since the systems under consideration are generally far from equilibrium and often involve various relaxation processes, sometimes dissipative and irreversible, ranging over several time and length scales.

    This special session of the ICCSA is intended (i) to provide some examples of physical complex systems illustrating the diversity of this theme in Soft and condensed matter physics, (ii) to present the various recent theoretical progresses to describe them and (iii) to draw possible orientation for future research in this field. It will be the occasion to bring together physicists from various domains, both experimentalists and theoreticians working on complex systems as well as researchers from other fields interested by physical applications or concepts.

  • Deadlines and submissions
    All theoretical, experimental and numerical contributions dealing with complex matter are welcomed in this session. They are expected in the form of a one-page abstract which must be prepared with the following template: abstract_template.doc and sent before 17 May either to Arnaud Prigent ( or Daniel Bonamy (

    It is possible to submit an article which will be proposed for publication in a special issue of Journal of Nonlinear Systems and Applications.

    Additional information on the form of this article can be found at:

  • Special session poster

3. Combinatorics, Physics and Complexity

  • Organizer:
    Gérard H.E. Duchamp, LIPN, University of Paris XIII, France or

  • Abstract:
    The (new) science of Complex Systems likes to consider the notion of "level of description". Many tools from Combinatorics, Computer Science and Mathematics are there needed, be it at the level where "things do happen" or at higher levels where statistical exactly solved models of a striking precision can be experimented and set. This special session is intended to be a contribution to the exposition of these tools/results. Includes (not exhaustive)
    • Mathematical and Combinatorial local rules
    • Theoretical Computer Science for Complex Systems
    • Statistical Physics
    • Exactly solved models
    • Combinatorial models for and of emergence
    • Explicit schemes for analysis of dynamical systems: finite (combinatorial) and infinite (based on functional analysis)

  • Deadlines and submissions

4. Intelligent games as complex systems

  • Organizer:
    Aladdin Ayesh, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

5. Risk and Complexity

  • Organizers:
    Damienne Provitolo, Sophia-Antipolis, University of Nice, France
    Emmanuel Eliot, University of Le Havre, France

  • List of papers/presentations:
    • Haïfa Abdelhak, Éric Daudé, Damien Olivier
      Model of panicking crowd based on individual descriptions and their interactions
    • E. Daudé, E. Eliot, E. Bonnet
      Cholera in the 19th century: constructing epidemiological risk with complexity methodologies
    • E. Bonnet, Th. Saint Gérand
      Map algebra abilities for complex risk spatial sheeting…
    • J. Douvinet, D. Delahaye, P. Langlois
      Complex systems for better assessing hydrological risks in watersheds located in the Northern France (Paris Basin)
    • D. Provitolo, J.P. Müller, E. Dubos Paillard
      Validation of an ontology of the risk and disaster field according to a case study
    • Eric Daudé, Patrice Langlois, Pierrick Tranouez
      A multiagent urban traffic simulation Part II: dealing with the extraordinary

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • The deadline for this special session is April 30th.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

6. Evolution Problems and Complexity

  • Organizer:
    Salim Messaoudi, Dhahram, Saudi Arabia
    Rabah Labbas, LIPN, University of Le Havre, France

  • List of papers/presentations:
    • Salim Messaoudi (Dharam, Saudi Arabia)
    • Rabah Labbas (Le Havre, France)
    • Amhed Medeghri (Mostagaden, Algeria)
    • Gisella Croce
    • Stéphane Maingot

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

7. Chaotic Dynamics, Control and Applications of Complex Systems

  • Organizer:
    Miguel AF Sanjuan (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)

  • Abstract:
    The main goal of this special session is to join together physicists, mathematicians and other scientists interested in new developments of chaotic dynamics in its broader sense, the different available methods of controlling chaos and their applications in complex systems arising in many fields of engineering and sciences, and in particular to life sciences such as the analysis of the dynamics of neurons and genetic regulation networks. The topics included, but not limited to, in this session are:
    • New developments of chaotic dynamics
    • Novel methods of controlling chaotic and complex dynamics
    • Hamiltonian and dissipative chaotic systems
    • Fractal structures in phase space
    • Chaotic dynamics of neuronal and genetic models
    • Control and synchronization in neuronal and genetic networks

  • Deadlines and submissions
    If you are interested to participate in this special session on "Chaotic Dynamics, Control and Applications in Complex Systems", you should contact Miguel AF Sanjuan and send him a one page abstract by April 27, 2009, besides formal registration at the home page of the conference (

    Please distribute among colleagues you might estimate they could be interested in this meeting.


8. Chaos and synchronization of fractional-order systems

  • Organizer:
    Zaid M. Odibat (University of Le Havre, France and Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan)

  • Abstract:
    The development of models based on fractional-order differential systems has recently gained popularity in the investigation of dynamical systems. Fractional derivatives provide an excellent instrument for the description of memory and hereditary properties of various materials and processes. The real objects of objects of the fractional-order systems are that we have more degrees of freedom in the model and that a “memory” is included in the model. Recently, the chaotic dynamics of fractional-order systems began to attract much attention in recent years. It has been shown that the fractional-order systems, as generalizations of many well-known systems, can also behave chaotically, such as the fractional Chen, Chua, Rossler, Lorenz and Arneodo systems. Furthermore, recent work based on numerical simulations show that chaotic fractional-order systems can also be synchronized. The main topics of interest for this session include:
    • Chaos in fractional order systems
    • Synchronization of fractional order systems
    • Control in fractional order systems
    • Fractional order systems modeling
    • Numerical methods for fractional order systems

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

9. Transportation and Logistics

  • Organizer:
    Adnan Yassine (University of Le Havre, France)

  • Abstract:
    Authors are invited to present original work relevant to logistics, including but not limited to:
    • Combinatorial Optimization, Operational Research;
    • Evolutionary Algorithms, Methods Heuristics;
    • Optimization of the global supply chain (organization, Traceability, Security, ...);
    • Information Technology;
    • Multi-agents System, Self-organization;
    • Problems of transport.

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

10. Complexity and the natural language: for a cognitive ecology of an semantic animal

  • Organizers:
    Jacques Labiche (University of Rouen, France)
    Maryvonne Holzem (University of Rouen, France)
    Pierre Beust (University of Caen, France)

  • Purpose:
    The purpose of this sessions is to focus on the nature and processing of the complexity into the language and on attempts to model the facts of language. This session is based on requested communications and will propose a debat in depth.

  • Points of view (sub themes):
    • The language and the kinds of coupling between the person and the surrounding world (coupling that brings forth the world.)
    • Hermeneutics and questioning
    • Methodology, tools, computer's tools
    • Phenomenology & Enaction
    • Situated cognition
    • Language and communication

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Specific deadlines for this special session will be proposed.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

11. Nonlinear Analysis of Time Series and Applications

  • Organizers:
    Dimitris Kugiumtzis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
    Ralph Andrzejak (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Abstract:
    Nonlinear time series analysis is the practical spin-off from complex dynamical system and chaos theory. It allows one to characterize, or even make predictions of, dynamical systems in which nonlinearities give rise to a complex temporal evolution by analyzing signals measured from these dynamics. Importantly, this concept allows extracting information which cannot be resolved using classical linear techniques such as for example the power spectrum or spectral coherence. In recent years, the framework nonlinear time series analysis has been extended to also comprise methods derived from statistical physics, information theory, statistics and computer science. Application of nonlinear time series analysis can be found in many fields, ranging from biology, neuroscience, engineering, to geophysics and economics. This session will cover some recent advances in the methodology of nonlinear time series analysis and provide examples for applications to a variety of real-world experimental dynamics.

  • List of papers/presentations:
    • Ralph Gregor Andrzejak1, Daniel Chicharro1, Florian Mormann2, Klaus Lehnertz3
      "Localizing epileptic foci using surrogate corrected nonlinear interdepence measures"
      1 Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, SPAIN
      2 California Institute of Technology, Division of Biology, Pasadena, USA
      3 Neurophysics Group, Dept. of Epileptology, Medical Center University of Bonn, Bonn, GERMANY
    • Sarah Hallerberg
      "Predictability of Extreme Events in Time Series"
      Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria, CSIC Universidad de Cantabria, E39905, SPAIN
      Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, SPAIN
    • Dimitris Kugiumtzis
      "Correction of information measures of causality in bivariate time series"
      Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
    • Max Little
      "Nonlinear and Non-Gaussian Signal Processing of Biological Signals"
      Oxford Complex Systems, Systems Analysis, Modelling and Prediction Group, University of Oxford, UK
    • Roberto Monetti
      "Assessing the degree of synchronization in time series using symbolic representations"
      Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, GERMANY
    • Stavros Nikolopoulos, Mario Valderrama, Michel Le Van Quyen
      "Characterization of preseizure states during sleep by analysis of scalp EEG and ECG signals"
      CNRS, UPR 640 LENA, Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging Laboratory, Paris, FRANCE
    • Michael Small
      "Complex networks as a tool for nonlinear time series analysis"
      Electronic and Information Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HONG KONG

  • Deadlines and submissions
    • Deadline: May 1st.
    • Submissions to this special session must be directly done to the local organizer(s) of the special session.

12. Dynamic Graphs and Complex Systems

  • Organizers:
    Serge Chaumette, LaBRI, University of Bordeaux 1, France
    Frédéric Guinand, LITIS, University of Le Havre, France

  • Abstract:
    The goal of this special session is to bring together researchers, whatever their original scientific field, working on dynamic graphs for modelling, simulating and/or analysing complex systems. Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):
    • dynamic graph models in biology
    • dynamic graph models in computer networks
    • dynamic graph models in social sciences
    • metrics in dynamic graphs
    • probabilistic analysis of dynamic graphs
    • morphogenetic analysis of dynamic graphs
    • time management in dynamic graphs

  • Deadlines and submissions