Seminars 2016-2017

  Program of the 13th ECCO/GBI Seminar Series (2016-2017)

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 20 seminars per year.

The seminars are in the VUB Campus Etterbeek, the room is specified below per seminar.

Videos of previous seminars are available at the GBI Channel on YouTube


Preliminary Program

Second series (spring):

Date Room Speaker Topic
Jan. 20
PL5.5.61 Dirk Bruin  A Memetic View on the Firm
Mar. 31 D.1.07 Cadell Last Consequences of the Symbolic-Imaginary for Big History
Apr. 7 D.1.07 Orion Maxted  THE MACHINE (pt. 1)
Apr. 14 D.1.07 Sharon Wohl Deploying CAS within the Urban Fabric: Conceptualizing how partitioning, stigmergic signaling, and mutability support emergent unfolding
Apr. 21 D.1.07 Tjorven Harmsen  Dancing Observer: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Apr. 28 M.015 Marta Lenartowicz  United Humanity Ledger as a UN-laid bedrock for the fair, sustainable, and creative future: A case for a global existential opportunity investment
May 5 D.1.07 Orion Maxted   Patterns that connect: theatre and cybernetics
May 12 D.1.07 Mark Bukarev Creativity as an Ideal: Stochastic Notion of Creativity Under the Auspices of a Teleodynamical Ground of Reference
May 19 D.1.07 Daniel Schimmelpfennig A transdisciplinary impact assessment of the metasystem transitions
May 26 D.1.07 Marjorikka Ylisiurua  Seeking evolution from social sciences: Scientific abstracts on dynamic processes as machine learning material
June 2  D.1.07  Vincenzo De Florio Service-oriented communities: A novel architecture for smarter systems and organizations
June 9 Cancelled N/A N/A
June 16  D.1.07  Forrest Rosenblum From theory to action: leveraging the global brain
June 23  Cancelled N/A  N/A
June 30 D.1.07 Kris Verburgh  New developments in the science of aging and longevity: how to live longer, healthier?


















First series (autumn):

Date Room Speaker Topic
Sept. 23
D.1.05 Georgi Georgiev  Exponential Self-Organization: Measures and Mechanisms
Sept. 30 D.1.07 Carlos Gershenson  When Slower is Faster
Oct. 7 D.1.07 Clément Vidal  Organized Complexity: is big history a big computation?
Oct. 14 D.1.07 Jean-Louis Desalles  Information: Ultimate Notion Common to Computer Science, Biology and Human Cognition
Oct. 21 D.1.07 Evo Busseniers  What are the mechanisms of power, and how can we organize ourselves against it?
Nov. 4 D.1.07 Francis Heylighen Cybernetic Principles of Aging and Rejuvenation: the buffering-challenging strategy for life extension
Nov. 25 D.1.07 Shima Beigi Digital Literacy for Humanity in the State of Flux: An Urban Narrative
Dec. 2 D.1.07


Helene Finidori


Dec. 9 D.1.07 Sven Delariviere Demarcating mathematical understanding and the understanding subject
Dec. 16 D.1.07 De Couvreur Lieven

Adaptation by Product Hacking



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 Cadell  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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