ECCO, the Evolution, Complexity and COgnition group, is an interdisciplinary research center affiliated with the Center Leo Apostel and the Global Brain Institute at the (Dutch-speaking) Free University of Brussels (VUB).
Address: ECCO, Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Krijgskundestraat 33, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium
(This is just outside the main VUB campus, see map and directions; entrance to the Center: see photo on the right)
phone: +32-2-640 67 37
fax: +32-2-644 07 44
e-mail: secrecco at vub.ac.be (replace " at " by "@")
The following lists the present members with their focus of research. "Core" members are those whose main research activities fall under ECCO; most of them make or have made a PhD under the guidance of F. Heylighen. The others participate in ECCO projects, but have their main activity elsewhere. All (and only) members subscribe to the [ECCO] mailing list for announcements and discussion. For more details on individual members, click on the name to go to the person's home page, or check the short biographies of ECCO people.
- Prof. Dr. Francis Heylighen: evolutionary cybernetics, self-organization, and distributed cognition
- Evo Busseniers: mathematical models of self-organization and hierarchy in networks and society
- : leadership and human experience in complex, uncertain environments
- Dr. Carlos Gershenson: design and control of self-organizing systems via multiagent simulations; philosophy of complexity
- Mixel Kiemen: evolutionary cybernetics, self-organization, and distributed cognition applied to Internet Innovation
- John Stewart: evolution of greater cooperativeness and evolvability in organisms, society, and individual consciousness
- Viktoras Veitas: systems approaches to policy design; AI models of the emergence of symbolic cognition
- Clement Vidal: evolutionary philosophy of cosmology; worldviews; applications of distributed cognition
- : future evolution of the human mind, and the complexity philosophy of Deleuze (Weaver)
- : action ontology and role of paradoxes in social systems
- Øyvind Vada: evolution, complexity and cognition concepts applied to memetic governance.
- Iavor Kostov: stigmergic knowledge development; evolution and development of biological organization
- Dr. Marko Rodriguez: particle-swarm algorithms to explore complex networks and support collective intelligence
- Dr. Mark Martin: modeling cognition as rapidly evolving neural firing patterns; memetics; evolution of morality
- : m. Arthur De Vanyevolutionary fitness approach to diet and exercise; complexity in economics
- Dr. Nagarjuna G.: knowledge structuring with semantic networks; free software; embodied cognition.
- Prof. Dr. Em. Jan Bernheim: evolutionary, progressive world views, and measurement of well-being
- Dr. Bertin Martens: cognitive mechanics of economic development and institutional change
- Olivier Auber: simplicity principles in cognition, and collaborative "poiesis" on the Internet
- Ma rios Kyriazis: complexity theories applied to understand aging and biological immortality
- Prof. Dr. Frank Van Overwalle: connectionist models of social and distributed cognition
- Dirk Bollen: situated and embodied cognition; emergence of intelligent organization from local interactions
- John Smart: futurology; acceleration of technological evolution; developmental theories of cosmological evolution
- Dr. Tanguy Coenen: social networks and distributed systems for knowledge sharing and creativity
- Jen Watkins: collective intelligence in prediction markets and on the web
- Prof. Dr. Gustaaf Geeraerts: applications of complex systems models to international relations
- Piet Holbrouck: developing a problem-solving toolbox to achieve non-zero sum solutions
- Marc Goldchstein: complexity thinking for entrepreneurship and innovation
- Nathalie Gontier: evolutionary epistemology of evolutionary mechanisms, with applications to language
- Andreas Loengarov: multi-agent simulations of the multilevel evolution of social structures and networks.
- Nick Deschacht: complex dynamics models of long-term socio-economic evolution
- Tom Erez: collaborative structuring of knowledge networks
- Paul Iliano: systemic methods to improve individual, societal and organizational well-being
- Mehmet Tezcan: complexity theory applied to the modelling of international relations
- Shwetambara Sabharwal: interaction between cognition and emotion in interpersonal conflicts
Photo: some ECCO members on the VUB Campus (Oct. 2008); left to right: Heylighen (Belgium), Vidal (France), Smart (USA), Nagarjuna (India), Stewart (Australia).
- Geert Biebaut (deceased): social construction of shared concepts
- Francy Matthys: psychological aspects of collective intelligence
- Edwin Stiers: philosophy of evolutionary well-being/paleolithic lifestyle
Former core members
- Dr. Johan Bollen: information retrieval and self-organization in complex networks of documents
- Leor Gruendlinger: collective intelligence in prediction markets, and analogous processes in the brain
- Erden Göktepe: complexity and self-organization theories applied to the emergence of international institutions
- Klaas Chielens: quantitative, linguistic study of memetic selection
Collaboration with other groups
- Lakeside Labs, Klagenfurt, Austria; contact person:
- Multiagent Division, Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Torino, Italy; contact persons: Sorin Solomon
- Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Tata Institute, Mumbay, India; Contact person: Nagarjuna G.
- Industrial Design Center, HOWEST, Kortrijk, Belgium; Contact person: Walter Dejonghe