Plenary Speakers

Professor Michael F Barnsley
The colourful geometry of nature
Mathematical Sciences Institute, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Professor Barnsley is the author of the book, SuperFractals: Patterns of Nature, which was reviewed and highly acclaimed in the January 2007 issue of Nature journal (Vol. 445, p262). In his presentation, The Colourful Geometry of Nature, Professor Barnsley will talk about arrays of data from biology, astronomy, physics, meteorology, etc. often displaying complex geometries of form and colour which are hard to quantify. His presentation will showcase a
new fractal-based method for identifying regularities in such data: A coupled chaos game is used to construct mappings between intricate structures which appear to be different, but are inherently related. The method is simple to apply in diverse situations. For further information on SuperFractals, visit the website at: 

Dr Anthony J Bell
Towards a theory of learning across the levels of the reductionist hierarchy
Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of California at Berkeley, USA

In 1993, Dr Bell attained his Ph.D. on Artificial Intelligence at the Free University of Brussels (V.U.B.), Belgium. From 1993 to1997 he undertook his Postdoctoral studies at The Salk Institute, San Diego, CA. with Terrence Sejnowski. He was involved with Computer Vision, Research staff at the Interval Research Corporation, Palo Alto, in California from 1997 to 1999. From 2000-2001 he was Sloan/Swartz Fellow in Theoretical Neuroscience, Salk Institute in San Diego, California. In his extensive career, Tony was Principal Investigator at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, Menlo Park, California from 2002-2005.

Dr Bell wrote the core algorithmic routine of what has become UCSD’s EEGLAB ( and FMRLAB ( toolboxes. He also ran the first ICA analysis of EEG, and showed others how to use it for fMRI data. Dr Bell’s fields of interest include neuroscience, machine learning, biophysics, fundamental physics, mathematics and philosophy.

Dr Kenneth R. Boff
Complex Systems Perspective on the Revolution in Human Performance Optimization
Air Force Research Laboratory

Kenneth R. Boff, PhD is a Senior Analyst with the Tennenbaum Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology. He recently retired after a decade as the US Air Force Research Laboratory Chief Scientist for Human Effectiveness. In this position, he was responsible for the technical direction of a multi-disciplinary R&D portfolio encompassing individual and organisational behaviour, training, protection and the bio and human-engineering of complex systems. Kenneth Boff has authored numerous technical papers, patents, and books including, Organizational Simulation (2005), System Design (1987), the two-volume Handbook of Perception and Human Performance (1986), and four-volume Engineering Data Compendium (1988).

Dr Joseph K. DeRosa
Evolution Toward Engineering Complex Systems (If You Don’t Have a Billion Years, Will a Billion Dollars Do?)
Director of Systems Engineering, Command and Control Center, The Mitre Corporation

Dr Joseph DeRosa is Director of Systems Engineering for the MITRE Corporation’s Command and Control Center. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has held a number of Director positions at MITRE in the research and development of software-intensive information systems. Previous to joining MITRE, he was a member of the technical staff at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory and Director of Business Development at Linkabit Corporation, (which later spun off QUALCOMM Corporation). He spent a number of years as a teacher and industry consultant. He is a past Chairman of the Boston Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society.

Professor Dietrich Dörner
Emotions and coping with complexity
Institute of Theoretical Psychology, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany

Professor Dietrich Dörner is a winner of the Liebniz Prize (1986), Germany’s highest science award. An authority on cognitive behaviour, his areas of specialty include logic and the theory of action. Professor Dörner is director of the Cognitive Anthropology Project of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and also author of Logic of Failure – a highly regarded book on the limits of human decisionmaking in complex situations.

Professor Celso Grebogi
Are fractal skeletons the explanation for the plankton paradox and narrowing of arteries due to cell trapping in a disturbed blood flow?
Institute for Complex Systems, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Professor Celso Grebogi joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, with joint appointments at the Institute for Plasma Research and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. In 2001, he returned to Brazil as Professor Titular in the Instituto de Fisica at the Universidade de Sao Paulo. In 2005, he was invited to join the University of Aberdeen as the Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear and Complex Systems.

Professor Grebogi researched in the field of plasma physics prior to his work on chaotic dynamical systems which combines analytical methods and techniques with extensive computer experiments utilising computational facilities. Important results include the establishment of crises as the fundamental process by which chaotic attractors undergo sudden changes as a system parameter varies; the mathematical theory and experimental verification of how transient chaos phenomena are likely to manifest themselves in practice; and the work on fractal basin boundaries. Current research focuses on methods to control chaos, the dynamics of spatio-temporal systems, active processes in chaotic flows, and the rigorous determination of how long actual trajectories of a chaotic process stay near a given numerical trajectory, i.e. the problem of shadowing.

Associate Professor Hawoong Jeong
Structure and dynamics of complex networks
Department of Physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Professor Jeong attained his Ph.D. at Seoul National University (1998) and did his postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. During his postdoctoral year, he developed the complex network theory with Professor Barabasi. He published about 73 papers including several key papers on complex networks from diverse fields including physics, biology, and computer science. Currently he is working on the theory of complexity, especially trying to understand various complex systems through the network theory and statistical physics.

Professor Sang Yup Lee
Systems-level metabolic engineering of bacteria using genome-scale in silico models
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea and Professor Department of Biosystems, KAIST; Head, Metabolic and Biomolecular Engineering National Research Laboratory; Director, BioProcess Engineering Research Center and Director, BioInformatics Research Center, Republic of Korea

Professor Sang Yup Lee’s research interests include metabolic engineering; biochemical engineering (process for recombinant micro-organisms, and upstream-to-downstream optimisation of bioprocesses); Biopolymer : PolyHydroxyAlkanoate (PHA), Poly-gamma-glutamic acid (PGA); directed evolution; cell surface display; chiral compounds; DNA chip (transcriptome analysis, genetic diagnosis); proteomics; in silico biotechnology (metabolomics, genome to metabolism).

Professor Akira Namatame
Synchronisation and emergent intelligence in networked agents
Department of Computer Science, National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Japan

Dr Akira Namatame received his PhD from Stanford University. He was a visiting Professor at George Mason University. His research interests include multiagents, evolutionary computation, game theory, complex networks and agent-based economics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination published from Springer. He has organized many international conferences and workshops and also delivered many invited talks and tutorials on his research fields.

Professor Philippa Pattison
Exponential random graph models for social networks
Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne

Prof. Pattison is a quantitative social scientist whose research is focused on the development of models for networks and network-based social processes, and on applications of these models to a diverse range of phenomena. Professor Pattison is currently President of the Academic Board at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Michael Raupach
Carbon-climate-human interactions as a complex system
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Canberra, Australia

Dr Raupach’s research interest is in the field of biosphere-atmosphere interactions: The flows and stores of energy, water and carbon in landscapes, at local, continental and global scales; global and continental change, especially the effects of climate and human land use on the terrestrial cycles of water, energy, carbon and nutrients; fluid mechanics of turbulent flows, especially over rough surfaces; wind flows and the spread of windborne materials in the lower atmosphere, especially within vegetation canopies, over hills, around trees and windbreaks, and around bushfires; and soil erosion by wind, including studies of the windborne transport of solid particles, erosion control by vegetation, and wind erosion and long-term agricultural sustainability.

Professor Penelope Sanderson
Controlling complex resources over different timeframes in process control
Cognitive Engineering Research Group, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Penelope Sanderson is Professor of Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors at The University of Queensland. She is Director of the ARC Key Centre for Human Factors and holds appointments in The University of Queensland’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, School of Psychology, and School of Medicine. Professor Sanderson has conducted human factors research and consulting activities in the USA, Canada, and Australia, focusing human interaction with complex systems. Her specific interests are human-system integration in power generation, transmission and distribution, air traffic control, air defence, and critical care medicine. She is the author of over 130 refereed papers (five receiving international paper prizes) and over 80 further papers on human factors. Professor Sanderson is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and in 2004 she received the Distinguished International Colleague Award from the USA-based Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Dr Andrew Smith
From words to meanings - Human knowledge as a complex system
Leximancer Pty Ltd, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Dr Andrew Smith is the creator of Leximancer. His early research training was in Physics, with a Ph.D. from The University of Queensland in 1993. From 1993 to 2000 Andrew worked in the IT industry mostly in positions where he has worked closely with users. In 2000 he undertook a research Masters degree in Information Science in order to develop a robust computational system for quantifying and visualising the conceptual information in large text collections. He is now working full-time on Leximancer development in the Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology. He will continue to play a leading role in driving the technology forward as Chief Scientist and a Director of Leximancer Pty Ltd.

Professor Michael Ward
Leader of panel session on topic: Complex systems challenges in health care
Central Clinical Division, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Professor Michael Ward qualified at Kings College Hospital London, and trained as a gastroenterologist at the Western General Hospital and University of Edinburgh. Previously he held positions as Director of Gastroenterology, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Director of Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Interim Program Director for the Queensland Health Skills Development Centre.

Professor Ward’s research interests include organisational aspects of healthcare delivery, clinical information management systems, and applications of statistical process control methods in health care.

Track Keynote Speakers

Dr Martin O'Hely
Importance of sampling strategies for forwards and backwards processes in population genetics
ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS), Department of Mathematics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Associate Professor Aleks Owczarek
Monte Carlo without Markov chains for model polymers
ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems (MASCOS), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia