Relating Systems Thinking and Design 4: At the Frontiers of Systemic Design (September 2015, Banff Alberta Canada)

Dates: 1-3 September 2015
Location: Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 15 March 2015

For 3 years the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) symposium has convened scholars, design researchers, and serious practitioners to articulate and demonstrate the shared value of a transdisciplinary field with applications across all complex systems and services.  We invite participation for RSD4 from all those working at the frontiers of systemic design – those leading real projects informed by systemic and complexity theories, and those researching systemic behaviours within real-world complexity, services and systems.

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Special Issue of Intl J of Product Development (March 2014)

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2014

Based on previous analysis, this special issue is dedicated to collect current cutting-edge research contributions of dynamic requirement management in the context of complex product development (CPD). It encompasses the whole requirement change management process, from requirement change elicitation, modeling, visualization to control. It will include but not limited to following topics:

  • Need identification and requirement elicitation methods (interviewing, question-asking, QFD…) in CPD
  • Big data analysis for requirement management in CPD
  • Requirement change management in CPD
  • Requirement change modeling (DSM, ROM…) in CPD
  • Requirement change representation and visualization (DOORS, C-FAR…) in CPD
  • Strategic and scenario planning in CPD
  • Anticipatory design (TRIZ, anticipatory capacity…) in CPD
  • Lean principle in change management
  • Evolutionary product development

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AIEDAM Special Issue: Design of Complex Engineered Systems (Sep 2013)

Deadline for full papers: 16 September 2013
Guest Editors: Irem Y. Tumer & Kemper E. Lewis

Design of Complex Engineered Systems is a research area that focuses on systematic and rigorous approaches to designing and analyzing large-scale engineering systems. Complexity comes from the fact that these systems are not only large-scale, but also include multiple disciplines, and are composed of hardware, software, and at times humans, which typically results in unmodelled and poorly understood interactions and behavior at multiple scales. Such behavior often leads to unintended consequences that plague engineering organizations developing such systems, including cost overruns, schedule delays, unplanned maintenance, and ultimately, catastrophic failures during operation.  Current systems engineering processes do not guarantee safe, effective, and robust systems that are delivered on-time and within budget. Over the last 5 years, the engineering design research community has recognized this problem and advances have been made in many research groups with real large-scale applications.  Furthermore, government organizations including NSF, NASA, and DARPA have created new programs that specifically fund the scientific approaches needed to make a significant impact in the state-of-the-art.  As a result, this special issue is very timely in that many of the approaches are ready to be disseminated and shared with our peers.  The guest editors intend to showcase the variety of the research in this field.

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4th Leonardo Satellite Symposium at NetSci2013 (June 2013, Copenhagen)

Dates: 4 June 2013
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2013

ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND COMPLEX NETWORKS: the 4th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2013 taking place in Copenhagen at DTU – Technical University of Denmark

The overall mission of the symposium is to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2013 symposium will leverage interaction between those areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion.

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Creative practice, complexity and the creative economy (May 2012, Birmingham UK)

Date: 31 May 2012
Location: Birmingham University, UK
Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2012

This research symposium constitutes the closing event of the AHRC funded project ‘The role of complexity in the creative economies: connecting people, ideas and practice’ (AH/J5001413/1).

The symposium is an opportunity for us to share our findings but is also an opportunity to engage with other academics and practitioners doing research on the creative economy or on creative practice and using complexity methods. We would welcome paper proposals from academic and practitioners’ discussing their investigations and experiences of using complexity theory in their research on the creative economy or in their creative practice and the potential methodological challenges involved.

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J Eng Des Special Issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design (Sep 2011)

Journal of Engineering Design
Special Issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design

Dependency modelling techniques such as the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) support complexity management by focusing attention on the elements of a system and the dependencies through which they are related. The dependency modelling perspective highlights structures in systems and their environments. It can help to understand the implications of connectivity on different aspects of system performance. It can assist in understanding, designing, optimising and maintaining complex systems; including products, processes and organisations.

Since the ‘Design Structure System’ was introduced in 1981, a great deal of progress has been made exploring how different forms of dependency modelling can support complex system design. Many approaches have been developed, for instance based on DSM, MDM, and network analysis. Tools and methods have been transferred into practice.

Much has changed in the three decades since Prof. Steward’s seminal paper was published. This special issue on Dependency Modelling in Complex System Design will take stock of new developments and trends.

Authors are invited to submit research papers on any topic related to modelling and/or management of dependencies in complex system design. All papers will be peer-reviewed through the normal process.

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MMMse 2011: Intl Symp on Qualitative, Quantitative, and Hybrid Modeling Methodologies in Science and Engineering (Mar 2011, Orlando)

Dates: March 27th-30th, 2011 ~ Orlando, Florida, USA.
Deadline for submission: 6 January 2011.

In the context of The 2nd International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2011 (
Submissions for face-to-face and virtual presentations are accepted and in both cases the respective final papers will be included in the proceedings.

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2nd Leonardo Satellite Symposium: Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks (Jun 2011, Budapest)

We are pleased to invite you to Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 2nd Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci 2011 taking place at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Deadline for application: 6 February 2011.

We are pleased to announce the second Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2011 on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks. The aim of the symposium is to foster cross-disciplinary research on complex systems within or with the help of arts and humanities.

The symposium will highlight arts and humanities as an interesting source of data, where the combined experience of arts, humanities research, and natural science makes a huge difference in overcoming the limitations of artificially segregated communities of practice. Furthermore, the symposium will focus on striking examples, where artists and humanities researchers make an impact within the natural sciences. By bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities we strive for a better understanding of networks and their visualizations in general.

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IMCIC 2011: 2nd Intl Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (Mar 2011, Florida)

Papers/Abstracts Submission and Invited Session Proposals: August 25th, 2010

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors’ CV and the paper’s topic.

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DCC10 Workshop: Assessing the Impact of Complexity Science in Design (July 2010, Stuttgart)

Date: 10 July 2010

Designers today increasingly turn to concepts and tools coming from complexity science in order to understand, manage and exploit complexity in their everyday practice. Complexity science has been used in design in various ways, as a theory of design; as a method for research (e.g. in order to analyze or model design artefacts, processes and activities); and also as a method for generating design solutions. The aim of the workshop is to discuss and assess the impact of complexity science in design research, design cognition and design practice.

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