Seminars 2011-2012

Program of the 8th ECCO Seminar Series (2011-2012)

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 3B217 (building B, level 3), in the VUB Campus Etterbeek



(presentations will be added as dates become fixed):





 Oct 21

 Eva Busseniers

 (University of Gent)

  Hierarchical organization and self-organization

Oct 25 (Tuesday!)

 Robert K Logan

 (University of Toronto)

 McLuhan, Media, Emergence and Complexity Theory

 Oct 28

 Wim Gielingh

 Theo Lohman


 An approach for actor-based transdisciplinary innovation of socio-economic value-chains

 Nov 4

 Francis Heylighen


 The Future Internet as a Global Brain: an update of the theory

 Nov 11


 Bank Holiday - No seminar

 Nov 18


 Academic Holiday - No seminar

 Nov 25

 Joachim De Beule (AI-lab, VUB)

  Languaging as a second order of joint control process

 Dec 2

Wim Van Moer

Francis Heylighen

Clement Vidal

David R. Weinbaum (Weaver) (VUB)

Anja Van Rompaey (ULB)

Jan Van der Veken (KULeuven)

 (see workshop program for details)


Worldviews and religiosity:
a non-theististic perspective on human experience, meaning and purpose

 Dec 9  Clement Vidal


 The origins of the origin: points and cycles as cognitive attractors for ultimate explanations

 Dec 16

Room 3B217

 Philip Rutten

(Radboud University Nijmegen)

 The Complexity of Architecture


 Dec 20 (Tuesday!)

 Jon Echanove (AoEC, China)  Transformation of uncertainty in the therapeutic process


                                      Ecco / GBI Seminars 2nd Series 2011-2012





 Speaker(s)  Topic

 Apr 6

 Valérie Aucouturier (VUB, CLEA)   What is an Action ?

 Apr 13

 Marios Kyriazis (British Longevity Society)

 The Global Brain Facilitates Human Biological


 Apr 20

 Joanne Celens (Synthetron)

 Synthetron wisdom of crowds via evolutionary (propagated) consensus in online discussions: experiences and challenges

 Apr 27

 Hermann de Meer ( University of Passau )

 Evaluation of a self-organizing ambient intelligence

  based traffic system

 May 4

 Pierre De Wilde (TinkerPop, Memotive)
 A walk in graph databases

 May 11

 Pieter Ballon (IBBT-SMIT, VUB)
 An introduction to Living Labs

 May 18

 Luk van Langenhove  (CRIS, United Nations University)  How speech-acts are conquering the world

 May 25

 Yoni Van Den Eede ( Faculty of Philosophy, VUB)

 'The Interrelatedness of Many Things':

 Toward a McLuhanist Philosophy of Technology

 Jun 1

 Christophe Debruyne (STARlab, VUB)
 The social dynamics of ontological commitment

 Jun 8 (Room: 3B217)

 S.N. Balagangadhara  (aka Balu) (Center for Comparative Science of Cultures, University of Ghent)

 Who needs a worldview ?

 Jun 15 (Room: 3B217)

 Petter Braathen (Memetor) Organizations and Conceptual Paradoxes, Defined by Action Ontology

 Jun 22 (Room: 3B217)

  Tomas Veloz (University of British Columbia)

  Chemical Organizations: Theory and Applications



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.

If you are interested to present a seminar in our series, please contact Weaver  with your proposal.


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 (Do not forget the power cord of your computer!). 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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