About the Conference

A complex system is a system composed of many interacting parts, often called agents, which displays collective behaviour that does not follow trivially from the behaviours of the individual parts.”
Mark Newman

Emergent complexity can be witnessed almost everywhere, whether it is in a swarm of insects, in a business enterprise, in a group of people, in a market place, or in a collection of atoms.

Complexity science is a multi-disciplinary subject area that encompasses economics, psychology, engineering, mathematics, science, humanities, medicine, sociology, and business.

Many problems that are posed nowadays in science are problems of complexity. Solutions for these problems require multidisciplinary approaches.


This conference is a fantastic opportunity to come with young researchers from a diverse set of disciplines together and discuss the challenges that arise from complexity. The interdisciplinary nature of this conference enables participants to learn about related problems in various fields, exchange ideas on possible applications of their research and familiarize themselves with latest methodology that is used to tackle problems in the area of complexity science.

A further aim is to revitalise the Collaborative Research Network in Complexity Science and create a community of young researchers in Brunel to initiate future research collaborations.

Invited Speakers

  • Keynote: Prof Geoff Rodgers (VP Research)
  • Georgia Melaki (Economics and Finance)
  • Amy Monroe (Psychology)
  • Stanley Okom (Institute for the Environment)
  • Ovidiu Pârvu (Informations Systems and Computing)

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Conference Program 

9.00 – 9.15 Arrival
9.15 – 9.30 Welcome and Introduction, Konrad Hoppe
9.30 – 10.00 A power law distribution in patients’ lengths of stay in hospital, Geoff Rodgers
10.10 – 10.40 Cumulative advantage in the evolution of a network, Ewan Colman
10.50 – 11.05 Break
11.05 – 11.35 Moral Elevation and the Up-Regulation of Prosocial Motivation, Amy Monroe
11.45 – 12.15 The Impacts of Electronic Word of Mouth on Social Media on Consumers‘ Purchase Intentions, Ismail Erkan
12.25 – 13.25 Lunch
13.25 – 13.55 Event-Clustering for Real-Time Data Modelling in Complex Systems, Morad Danishvar
14.05 – 14.35 Towards an improved approach for Banking Crisis Prediction, Georgia Melaki
14.45 – 15.15 The amalgamation of weaving and electronic circuits for woven e- textile materials via design led processes,Priti Veja
15.25 – 16.00 Coffee
16.00 – 16.30 Applying Complex Systems to Climate Change and Agriculture, Stanley Okom
16.40 – 17.10 A Spatio-Temporal Bayesian Network Approach for Revealing Functional Ecological Networks in Fisheries,Neda Trifonova
17.20 – 17.50 Spatio-temporal modelling and analysis of biological systems, Ovidiu Pârvu
18.00 – 19.00 Drinks and Nibbles


All talks will be held in room LC 067 in the Lecture Centre 

Book of Abstracts 

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