Introduction

The Complex Systems Conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners of Complex Systems from a variety of disciplines interested in developing the new approaches for resolving complex issues that cannot be resolved using conventional mathematical or software models.

It also welcomes specialists in modelling complex issues using Multi-Agent Technology and similar distributed approaches, which have achieved credible application results, and those aspiring to design and build Digital Ecosystems, inspired by natural ecosystems.

The Conference is particularly interested in methods for resolving complex issues that exhibit the following attributes: connectivity, autonomy, emergence, non-equilibrium, non-linearity, self-organisation and co-evolution.

High level of dynamics of such systems, which is usually expressed through the frequent occurrence of unpredictable disruptive events, makes conventional optimizers, batch schedulers and resource planning systems unworkable.

Complex Systems occur in an infinite variety of problems, not only in the realm of physical sciences and engineering but encompassing fields as diverse as the economy, the environment, humanities, social and political sciences. Further examples are given in the enclosed list of topics which although incomplete gives an idea of the themes to be covered by the meeting.

By now the conference is well established and is distinguished by its friendly and informal atmosphere in which it is easy for participants to help each other to further advance their appreciation of the subject of managing complexity.

Among the participants, one will find renowned complexity thinkers, well-established practitioners and novices in the area of complexity happily discussing issues of common interest.

And, of course, the New Forest is beautiful and provides the right opportunity to bring your family and friends with you.

Papers presented at previous meetings have been published in paper and digital format. They are freely available in Open Access format in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Conference Topics

All issues arising from complexity are acceptable. Examples of particular interest are given below:

Complexity Science

  • Emergence
  • Emergent Intelligence
  • Adaptation in response to disruptive events
  • Resilience to extreme events
  • Autocatalytic properties
  • Self-organisation
  • Evolution

Digital Ecosystems

  • Urban digital ecosystems
  • Healthcare digital ecosystems

Complex Adaptive Business

  • Self-organisation versus control
  • Real-time logistics
  • Real-time supply chains
  • Adaptive business processes
  • Enterprise ontology
  • Mining big data (extracting knowledge from data)
  • Resilience to electronic attacks and fraud

Complex Adaptive Healthcare

  • Adaptation in human biology
  • Self-organisation of healthcare resources

Complex Networks

  • The Internet of documents
  • The Internet of people
  • The Internet of things
  • Social media

Complexity in Transportation Systems

  • Self-organisation in air traffic management
  • Adaptive aircraft lifecycle
  • Adaptive space logistics
  • Intelligent drones
  • Real-time scheduling of multi-modal transport
  • Swarming

 

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Complex Systems 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Complex Systems 2018 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN: 1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Location

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The conference will be held in the New Forest National Park, which borders the south coast of England and is home to the Wessex Institute. The New Forest is situated in central southern England, 100km from London. Spreading over nearly 400 square kilometres, this National Park is home to picturesque villages, unspoiled scenery, abundant wildlife and many attractions for visitors. The New Forest was established as a royal hunting ground by the Norman King William I, and 900 years later, the New Forest is still owned by the Crown. Local commoners have the right to graze their ponies, cattle and pigs on forest land where they wander freely. The Forest is unarguably recognised as one of the most unique wilderness areas in Western Europe, where many landscapes have remained virtually unchanged for many centuries.

Travel Information

Conference Venue:

Balmer Lawn Hotel
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire, SO42 7ZB
United Kingdom

By Air

The following four airports are closest to Brockenhurst:

From Southampton Airport to conference venue

Southampton International Airport is served by flights from a wide range of European cities with Flybe and KLM. For information on all destinations, please visit the following website link:
http://www.southamptonairport.com/

  • Rail: Southampton Airport Parkway station is less than 50 metres from the airport terminal. Frequent services connect the airport to Brockenhurst station. The journey takes around 25 minutes and costs around £9.30. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
  • From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 40 minute journey will cost approximately £40.00, depending on the time of day.
  • Road: Several car hire companies operate at the airport and the 30km journey to the Hotel will take approximately 40 minutes. The airport is located 1km from Junction 4 of the M27 motorway. Directions from the M27 can be found in “Road Travel” below.

From Bournemouth Airport to conference venue

Bournemouth International Airport is served by flights from a range of European cities with Ryanair.
For information on all the destinations please visit the following links:
http://www.bournemouthairport.com/ or https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/

Rail: The airport is connected with Bournemouth train station by a shuttle bus. The service runs from 6am until 7pm, 7 days a week, with no need to pre-book. The cost for a single journey is £4. https://www.bybus.co.uk/routes/timetable/B1

From Bournemouth station, trains run direct to Brockenhurst Station. The journey takes around 20 minutes and costs £7.30
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £4.00

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 40 minute journey will cost approximately £40/60.00 depending on the time of day.

Road: Several hire car companies operate at the airport, and the 35km drive will take approximately 40 minutes. There are various routes you can follow from the airport to the hotel. We recommend you travel via the A31 and A337.


From Gatwick Airport to conference venue

Gatwick is convenient for flights from across Europe and North America, including many with low-cost airlines. For information on all airlines flying to Heathrow visit the following website link:
http://www.gatwickairport.com/

Rail: The airport rail station is part of the airport’s South Terminal building, and can be reached by a free transit link from North Terminal. You can purchase a ticket to Brockenhurst (usually changing trains at Clapham Junction) The journey takes just under 2 hours and costs around £35.00 depending on the time of day that you travel. We advise you to check before you travel at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

Coach: National Express coaches travel throughout the day to Southampton. A single ticket will cost approximately £35.00 and will take just over 2 hours. See www.nationalexpress.com.

Once you arrive at Southampton Coach Station, you can walk to the Central Train Station where you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.30
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

Road: Most major hire companies operate at Gatwick. Join the M23 on leaving the airport, and then take the M25, M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton. Directions can be found in “Road travel” below.

Taxi: Getting a taxi at arrival will be considerably expensive. If you wish to use a taxi service, we recommend you book this in advance with an airport transfer company such as Smiths for Airports (http://www.smithsairportcars.co.uk/)


From Heathrow Airport to conference venue

Heathrow is the UK's largest international airport with regular arrivals from major cities worldwide.
For information on all airlines flying to Heathrow visit the following website link:
http://www.heathrowairport.com/

Coach: If you land at Heathrow airport, the National Express coach is the quickest and cheapest way to travel to Brockenhurst. A single ticket from the airport to Southampton will cost approximately £25.00. The journey takes just over 2 hours. You can book your ticket in advance or at arrival. See www.nationalexpress.com.

Once you arrive at Southampton Coach Station, you can walk to Southampton Central Train Station where you will be able to take a train directly to Brockenhurst. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs around £7.30. For timetable please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

Road: Most major car hire companies operate at Heathrow. Join the M25 at Junction 14, and then take the M3 and M27 motorways to Southampton. Directions from here can be found in Road travel below.

Taxi: Getting a taxi at arrival will be considerably expensive. If you wish to use a taxi service, we recommend you book this in advance with an airport transfer company such as Smiths for Airports ( http://www.smithsairportcars.co.uk/)


By Rail

The nearest train station to the conference venue is Brockenhurst train station, approximately 1.2km away from the conference venue. Brockenhurst provides rail connections via London, Southampton and Bournemouth. See fares and timetables at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

From Brockenhurst station it is a 15 minute walk to the hotel, turning left out of the station and continuing down Lymington Road (A337). The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can take a short taxi from Brockenhurst station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

By Road

Exit the M27 motorway at Junction 1 and take the exit towards A337/Lyndhurst. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Lyndhurst Rd/A337, Continue on A337 always following the signs to Brockenhurst. After about 7 miles, you will see the hotel on your left. Turn left onto Balmer Lawn Rd/B3055. The car park of the hotel will be visible on your left once you have entered into the Balmer Lawn Rd.

 

balmer lawn

Situated at the heart of the New Forest National Park, the Balmer Lawn Hotel has uniquely designed and decorated rooms. This 4 star hotel has its own restaurant, 3 acres of grounds, squash courts, tennis court, pools, sauna, spa and fitness suite as well as direct access to the New Forest. Only a short walk from the shops, pubs and restaurants of Brockenhurst village and Brockenhurst train station, the hotel is easily accessible.

Balmer Lawn Hotel
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire, SO42 7ZB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1590 623116
Fax: +44 (0) 1590 625705
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Additional Information

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