MARCH 31 - APRIL 2, 2021   ONLINE (via Zoom)

NERCCS 2021:
Fourth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems

Sponsored by the Complex Systems Society US Northeast Chapter, the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo), and the Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton University

Thank you for participating in the amazingly successful NERCCS 2021! Check out the #NERCCS2021 hashtag timeline on Twitter.

NERCCS 2021: The Fourth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems will follow the success of the previous NERCCS conferences to promote the emerging venue of interdisciplinary scholarly exchange for complex systems researchers in the Northeast U.S. region (and beyond) to share their research outcomes through presentations and online publications, network with their peers, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration and the growth of the research community.

NERCCS will particularly focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students in the region who will likely play a leading role in the field of complex systems science and engineering in the coming years.

The 2021 conference will be held fully online via Zoom.



Submission portal is now closed.

We call for submissions for oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of complex systems research. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical foundations of complex systems
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Systems theory, information theory, and systems science
Game theory, decision theory, and socio-economical applications

Self-organization, pattern formation, and collective behavior
Structure and dynamics of complex networks
Sustainability and adaptability of complex systems
Bio-inspired systems, machine learning, and evolutionary computation

Data-driven approaches to complex systems
Applications to the humanities, art, and literature
Historical and philosophical aspects of complex systems
Complex systems and education

Submissions should be made as a single PDF file via EasyChair, in either extended abstract format (1 page, including one figure) or full paper format (15 pages max.).

New in NERCCS 2021: Full paper submission has an earlier deadline to allow for rigorous full-paper peer reviews, and if accepted, the papers will be published in Northeast Journal of Complex Systems (NEJCS) by the time of the conference (free of charge). Interested authors can contact the Publication Chairs (Barney Ricca and Georgi Georgiev).

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Best Oral Presentation / Best Poster (Interactive Presentation) Awards: NERCCS 2021 will offer the Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster (Interactive Presentation) Awards. The winner will be selected from accepted papers and posters by the judge panel, which will be recognized with a certificate at the conference.

Award Winners:

Best Oral Presentation Award Winner:
Guillaume St-Onge, Hanlin Sun, Antoine Allard, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne and Ginestra Bianconi: "Bursty exposure on higher-order networks leads to nonlinear infection kernels"
Best Oral Presentation Award Honorable Mention:
Mateusz Wilinski and Andrey Lokhov: "Scalable Learning of Independent Cascade Dynamics from Partial Observations"

Best Poster Award Winner:
Penghang Liu, Tomomi Kito, Naoki Masuda and A. Erdem Sarıyüce: "Temporal Motifs in Patent Opposition and Collaboration Networks"
Best Poster Award Honorable Mentions:
Elias Fernández Domingos, Jelena Grujić, Juan Carlos Burguillo, Francisco C. Santos and Tom Lenaerts: "Modeling behavioral experiments on uncertainty and cooperation with population-based reinforcement learning"
Yanchen Liu: "Approximate network symmetry"

Important Dates:

Full paper submission deadline:  February 1, 2021
Full paper notification to authors:  February 28, 2021
Extended abstract submission deadline:  March 1, 2021
Extended abstract notification to authors:  March 15, 2021
Revision deadline:  March 26, 2021
Registration deadline:  March 29, 2021
Conference:  March 31 - April 2, 2021


Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Pre-Conference School Speakers

Educational Panel for Early-Stage Researchers: Panelists



Detailed schedule of contributed talks and posters now available: Google Spreadsheet   PDF

Times are all in the U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = UTC - 04:00)

Accepted Full Papers (NEJCS Special Issue)

Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Wednesday March 31

Pre-Conference School

Welcome remarks

School 1: Boumediene Hamzi

School 2: N. Benjamin Erichson

School 3: Leila Hedayatifar

School 4: H. Eugene Stanley

Main conference: Day 1

Opening remarks

Invited talk 1: Feng Fu

Invited talk 2: C. Brandon Ogbunu

Poster (interactive presentation) session 1

Educational panel for early-stage researchers

Thursday April 1

Main conference: Day 2

Morning announcements

Keynote talk 1: Danielle Bassett

Invited talk 3: Alexandra Paxton

Contributed talk sessions 1 & 2

Keynote talk 2: Luis Rocha

Invited talk 4: Shelley Dionne

Contributed talk sessions 3 & 4

Poster (interactive presentation) session 2

Happy hour (bring your own drink!)

Friday April 2

Main conference: Day 3

Morning announcements

Keynote talk 3: Michelle Girvan

Invited talk 5: Erik Bollt

Contributed talk sessions 5 & 6

Keynote talk 4: Bill Rand

Invited talk 6: Shweta Bansal

Contributed talk sessions 7 & 8

Award presentation & closing remarks


Registration for NERCCS 2021 is completely free!
Registration Deadline: March 29, 2021

Registration is now closed.


Organizing Committee:

General Chairs:   Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Naoki Masuda (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Program Chairs:   Leila Hedayatifar (New England Complex Systems Institute)
Alfredo Morales (Redzone Production Systems / MIT Media Lab)
Poster Session Chair:   Xingye Qiao (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Logistics Chairs:   Andreas Pape (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Chou-Yu (Joey) Tsai (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Publication Chairs:   Georgi Georgiev (Assumption University / Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Barney Ricca (St. John Fisher College)
Education Chairs:   Changqing Cheng (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Dane Taylor (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Student Volunteers:   Yingjun Dong (Volunteer Coordinator) (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Shun Cao (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Yiding Cao (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Duxiao Hao (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Sriniwas Pandey (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Xilin Zhang (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Yuchen Zong (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Christopher Zosh (Binghamton University, SUNY)

Program Committee:

Andres Abeliuk    Amir Akhavan    Mariano Beguerisse-Diaz    Ling Bian    Olha Buchel    Changqing Cheng    Kenneth Chiu    Chun-An Chou    Shelley Dionne    Xiaowen Dong    Simon Garnier    Georgi Georgiev    Rachael Hageman Blair    Leila Hedayatifar    Matthijs Koopmans    Nishant Malik    Naoki Masuda    Alfredo Morales    Esteban Moro    Sarah Muldoon    Frank Neffke    Flavio Pinheiro    Anca Radulescu    Babak Ravandi    Barney Ricca    Jonathan Roginski    A. Erdem Sarıyüce    Hiroki Sayama    Saray Shai    Per Sebastian Skardal    Dane Taylor    Stephen Uzzo    Derrick Vangennep    Jean-Gabriel Young   


Complex Systems Society US Northeast Chapter
Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems at Binghamton University
Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton University