EmergeNET4: Engineering Emergence

St William's College, York, UK

19-20 April 2010

Local Information

Contact: emergenet-4@cs.york.ac.uk

The EmergeNET network promotes interest in complex systems and emergence by bringing together established researchers, those new to the area, and the public. EmergeNET4 is the fourth workshop in the network series.

EmergeNET4: Engineering Emergence, aims to provide a forum for discussing all aspects of the engineering of emergence in complex systems. Complex systems are characterised by low-level components that communicate and interact with and within an environment, resulting in the emergence of high-level system behaviours. Complex systems are often designed to help understand emergence or to exploit emergent behaviours to help solve problems in the real world. Emergent behaviours are by definition a function of the system rather than any individual component, which makes the engineering of these behaviours a non-trivial activity. Engineering of emergence covers, amongst other aspects, abstract modelling (in diagrams or mathematics), simulation in hardware or software, verification and validation, and engineering tools, techniques and workflows.

This two-day workshop at York will be a combination of keynote speakers, 12 oral presentations, and discussion sessions to explore in depth the ideas of Engineering Emergence.

Keynote Speakers

René Doursat: Director of the Complex Systems Institute, Paris (ISC-PIF) and researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

"Embryomorphic Engineering: From biological development to self-organized computational architectures"

Russell J. Abbott: Department of Computer Science, California State University, Los Angeles.

"From energy to information and back"
Abstracts of all the presentations


Registration is now open, via our "online store". Registration covers attendance of both days of the workshop, including lunches and refreshments.


York has many hotels and guest houses with a wide range of prices: http://www.visityork.org/. Please note that the meeting is being held in St William's College, which is in central York (next to the Minster), NOT on the University campus. Monkbar Hotel is close to the venue, and reasonably priced.

Student Travel Bursaries

We are offering a small number of travel bursaries of £100, for registered students (when you register, you will be asked if you wish to apply for a bursary). To apply, you should send the organisers (emergenet-4@cs.york.ac.uk) a short note explaining how attending the workshop will benefit your studies, accompanied by a letter from your supervisor recommending you for a bursary. DEADLINE 10 April 2010, but note that bursary allocations will be decide on a "first come first served" basis.

Workshop Details

The EmergeNET4 workshop will be held in the centre of the city of York, UK, at St William's College on the 19th and 20th of April 2010.

Draft Programme (subject to some alteration due to the volcano!)

The workshop is being run as part of the EmergeNET network, in collaboration with the Non-Standard Computation Group, Department of Computer Science, and the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, at the University of York

Special issue of NACO

There will later be an open call to submit a technical paper, that will be peer reviewed, for a postproceedings special issue on "Engineering Emergence" of the journal Natural Computing.