Seminars 2009-2010

 Program of the 6th ECCO Seminar Series (2009-2010)

Speakers present their on-going research on various topics within the broad Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) domain, and then get feedback from the audience. The intention is to discuss in depth the ideas and issues proposed, and to look for transdisciplinary connections with other topics. Speakers are requested to avoid technicalities, so that people from different backgrounds can follow their presentation.

For whom?
Everybody interested in complex systems, evolution, cognition, and their practical and philosophical implications. The discussions are informal and very interactive, with small groups (about 8-10 people). Most participants are researchers, but we regularly welcome students and people from outside academia. Free entrance!

This series is listed in the PhD seminars approved by the VUB Doctoral School of the Human Sciences. On request, you can get a proof of your participation. 

Unless noted otherwise, seminars take place on Fridays at 2 pm. The seminars last about two hours with approximatively one hour of presentation, and one hour of discussion. New series start in the beginning of each academic year, with about 15 seminars per year.

Unless noted otherwise, the seminar room is B 0.036 (building B, level 0, close to the human sciences computer rooms), in the VUB Campus Etterbeek. Coffee is available for free. Seminar room provided in collaboration with MOSI.



Date Speaker(s) Topic
22 Sep. (Tuesday!)

Carlos Gershenson (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Self-organizing urban transportation systems
1 Oct.

Wilfried Elmenreich 

Christian Bettstetter

(University of Klagenfurt)

Dependability and Robustness (slides)

Synchronization and Dissemination in Self-Organizing Communication Networks (slides)

8 Oct. Jean-Paul Delahaye (Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille) Complexité de Kolmogorov et profondeur logique de Bennett
15 Oct.

Francis Heylighen (VUB)

Life is an adventure! An evolutionary-cybernetic unification of narrative and scientific worldviews (slides)

22 Oct.

Clément Vidal (VUB)

Metaphilosophical criteria for worldview comparison (working paper)

29 Oct.

Jon Echanove (EASE)

Leadership and human experience (slides)

4 Nov. (Wednesday!)

David R. Weinbaum (Tel Aviv Univ.)

Thoughts on the future of human evolution (slides - text)

12 Nov.

Petter Braathen (Memetix, Oslo)

 How do social systems relate to and resolve a paradox? 

19 Nov. Hector Zenil (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Is algorithmic the nature of Nature?

26 Nov.

no seminar


2 Dec. (Wednesday!)

Solomon Marcus (Romanian Academy of Sciences)

Mistakes and Failures as a Source of Creativity

(date to be set)

 Mehmet Tezcan (IES, VUB)

 Autopoiesis in the EU: ‘Governance by committee’




Final announcements with an abstract and additional information are distributed by email about 4 days before the seminar. People outside of ECCO who wish to receive these can subscribe to the Brussels Complexity mailing list.


Instructions for people preparing to present a seminar

Please send the abstract of your talk (about 200 words - 1 paragraph) at least 5 days before the lecture to Weaver, so that he can distribute it via our mailing list. This should include your affiliation, a link to your home page, and possibly 1-3 (web) references, where interested people can find more information about the topic of your talk. If you are not a member of ECCO we would also appreciate a short biography including your present affiliation and what you are working on.

The seminar room has an in-built computer projector and screen, so you can easily show PowerPoint or other presentations from your laptop. If you don't bring a laptop with you, send us your file, and we'll save it on another laptop and bring it to the seminar room. You can also use transparencies with the overhead projector, or simply write notes on the blackboard.

You should prepare enough material for a one-hour talk, not more. With questions and discussions during and after the talk, this should result in a total seminar duration of about 2 hours.

After the seminar we would appreciate getting the outline or text of your presentation (PowerPoint, pdf, text or other format) to make available for downloading on this page. Even better would be if, taking into account the reactions you got at the seminar, you would elaborate your notes into a full paper, for our Working Papers archive. 


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