Complex Systems

 I. Coordinator:

  • Kuo-An Wu, Dept. Physics, National Tsing-Hua University
  • Yeng-Long Chen, Inst. Physics, Academia Sinica

II. Core Members:

  • Hsuan-Yi Chen, Dept. Physics, National Central University
  • Pik-Yin Lai, Dept. Physics, National Central University
  • Cheng-Hung Chang, Inst. Phys., National Chiao-Tung University
  • Chun-Chung Chen, Inst. Phys. Academia Sinica

III. Research Themes:

  • The Complex Systems TG aims to support research activities that spur participation, develop junior scientists, and encourage collaboration in interdisciplinary Complex Systems studies. The major Research Themes are  
  • - Physical principles in biological systems
    - Network topology and dynamics
    - Static and dynamic pattern formation in living systems
    - Soft matter and complex fluids
    - Non-equilibrium statistical physics of driven systems
  • Although these topics have increased visibility in recent years, truly cross-disciplinary collaborations are few. The TG aims to encourage collaboration between domestic groups, invite short-term visits from international visitors, and introduce and educate new generations of junior and senior scientists to these interdisciplinary topics.
  • To achieve these goals, the TG will organize (1) regular meetings between core members at which potential collaborators from physics or other disciplines are invited to have informal but thorough discussion. (2) Annual workshops for educating junior scientists and for junior scientists to present and discuss their research results. (3) The TG will co-organize and provide support for international visitors in related research areas to participate in BioComplex and Statphys workshops.
  • The TG has been also been successful in the past few year as a platform for theorists and experimentalists to establish connections with domestic and international experimentalists, as evidenced by several active collaborations established by recent TG activities as listed below:
  • In the past few years, the TG has organized Winter Schools aimed at introducing junior scientists to frontier concepts in biophysics, soft matter, and network physics. The Winter Schools are designed with long discussion periods in which junior scientists have the opportunities to delve into details with the discussion leaders. The TG also organized the Complex Symposium, which is an opportunity for junior scientists to present their results and lead discussions.
  • In addition, the TG organized several international workshops. These are the East Asia Joint Symposium on Statistical Physics, Statphys-2018, and Complex Fluids Workshops. Many international collaborators participated in these workshops, providing opportunities for domestic researchers to network and discuss future collaborations. There are also several international collaborators who visit throughout the year outside of the workshops. There have been more than 20 visitors altogether, including Tom Lubensky (UPenn, NAS member), Steve Granick (IBS, NAS member), Gareth McKinley (MIT, Society of Rheology President), Julia Kornfield (Caltech), Emily Ching (CUHK), Fangfu Ye (IoP, CAS), Naomichi Hatano (Tokyo U), Hisao Hayakawa (Kyoto U), Kwang-Il Goh (Korea U), Changbong Hyeon (KIAS), and many others.


IV. Activities:

  • The planned TG activities are partly continuation of past activities (Winter School, Complex Symposium) and new activities (Complex systems seminars, Statphys-Taiwan 2016). We also continue to organize student symposiums and interdisciplinary conferences, we will organize mini workshops during international visitor’s visits, and we will fund junior scientists’ travel to international meetings or collaborative research visits.
  • Planned workshops
  • January 2019/2020: Complex systems science winter school.
    The workshop is a Winter School for senior scientists who gave 8 talks to introduce junior scientists to cross-disciplinary research fields. It has been effective to introduce new horizons to students and postdocs.

    May 2019/2020 : Complex Systems Symposium 
    This symposium is an annual workshop to facilitate exchanges between junior scientists. It is an effective forum in which the students and postdocs get to practice defending their research projects and exchange new ideas with others.

    Fall 2019 : BioComplex 2019
    This workshop is a biennial workshop to facilitate exchanges between junior scientists. It is an effective forum in which the students and postdocs get to practice defending their research projects and exchange new ideas with others.

    Fall 2020: StatPhys-Taiwan-2020
    This symposium had 11 international invited speakers and 6 domestic invited speakers to discuss cutting-edge research in statistical physics, active matter, and complex networks.

    Bi-monthly seminars
    The Complex systems seminars have been opportunities for TG core members to gather for discussion with possible collaborators from different disciplines. They have been very useful for better understanding each other’s interests.


V.  Expected achievements:

  • 1. Increase interest and participation from core members and junior scientists in the Complex Systems research area.
    2. Increase collaboration between theorists and with experimentalists.
    3. Increase exposure of Complex Systems research in Taiwan and internationally.

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