Complex-Space 2020

Analysis and Modelling of Spatial Complex Systems
-- Satellite of the Conference on Complex Systems 2020 --

Wednesday, 9th December 2020

Extended abstract submission deadline: 11th November 2020



Time (UTC)
11:55-12:00 Welcome and introduction

12:00-12:45 Invited speaker Danielle S. Bassett: "Evolving networks of matter and mind."
12:45-13:05 Juliana Gonzalez-Astudillo: "Towards the use of spatial network metrics for characterizing brain mental states."

13:05-13:25 Coffee break

13:25-14:10 Invited speaker Philip Kollmannsberger: "Image Analysis and Modeling of Spatial Biological Networks."

14:10-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-14:50 Carl P. Dettmann : "Conditionally connected random geometric graphs."
14:50-15:10 Alex Kartun-Giles: "Lattice Paths, Ferrer's Diagrams, and 1d random geometric graphs."
15:10-15:30 Rodrigo Leal-Cervantes: "Constrained gravity models for dimensional consistency."

15:30-16:30 Lunch time

16:30-17:15 Invited speaker Laetitia Gauvin: "Socioeconomic determinants of mobility responses during the firstwave of COVID-19 in Italy: from provinces to neighbourhoods."

17:15-17:35 Coffee break

17:35-17:55 Daniel Rhoads: "Planning sustainable Open Streets with sidewalk networks."
17:55-18:15 Riccardo Gallotti: "Disentangling activity-aware human flows reveals the hidden functional organization of urban systems."
18:15-18:35 Mattia Mazzoli: "Interplay between mobility, multi-seeding and lockdowns shapes COVID-19 local impact."

18:35-18:40 Concluding remarks


Taking into account spatial and temporal constraints is very important to understand virtually any kind of complex behaviour. However, in a large class of complex systems from biology, ecology, engineering, urbanism, and social science, the presence of spatial constraints plays a particularly central role in determining the type, number, and strength of the allowed interactions among the single units of the system, and the correponding emerging dynamics. Although the effects of spatial constraints have been considered in many different disciplines, a comprehensive theory of spatial complexity is still missing. While space is a common constraint in a variety of complex systems, integrating spatial information into analyses in meaningful ways has only just begun.

This satellite aims at providing an interdisciplinary forum for researchers working on the broad area of spatial complexity, to consolidate researchers working on different spatially constrained systems. The main objectives of the workshop are to survey the latest research in spatial complexity in different fields, to reflect on the role of space in the development of a variety of complex systems and processes, to underpin the elementary mechanisms responsible for the emergence of spatial heterogeneity and large-scale correlations in spatially-embedded systems, to identify common elements of spatially constrained complex systems, to share solutions to the challenges posed by their analysis, and to overall expand this intriguing area of complexity science.


A list of topics relevant to the Satellite includes:


The Satellite will host invited talks by eminent scientists in the field, and welcomes oral contributions from researchers interested in theory and applications of complex spatial analysis.

Submissions for oral contributions consist of one A4 page abstracts (preferably in PDF format) that provide a description of the contribution and include at most one captioned figure. Asbtacts should be sent via email to:

by 11th Nov 2020.

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