NERCCS 2022:

Fifth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems

March 30-April 1, 2022   -:-   Buffalo, NY

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NERCCS 2022: The Fifth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems will follow the success of NERCCS 2018, NERCCS 2019, NERCCS 2020, and NERCCS 2021 to promote the emerging venue of interdisciplinary scholarly exchange for complex systems researchers in the Northeast U.S. region to share their research outcomes through presentations and post-conference online publications, network with their peers in the region, and promote inter-campus collaboration and the growth of the research community. NERCCS is particularly focus on facilitating the professional growth of early career faculty, postdocs, and students in the region who will likely play a leading role in the field of complex systems science and engineering in the coming years.

Due to the Omicron Covid-19 variant, we are planning for a hybrid conference format that includes both online and in-person participation options. In-person participation will take place in a decentralized, self-organized fashion via the following locations

University at Buffalo, SUNY   --  Student Union, room 330 and others  
SUNY Binghamton   --  Engineering Building, room R-15  
Rochester Institute of Technology   --  Louise Slaughter Hall, room SLA-A634  
University of Vermont   --  Votey 107, Dean's Conference Room  


Important Dates:

Submission deadline:   January 31, 2022 February 7, 2022 [Extended Deadline] 
Notification to authors:   February 28, 2022
Registration deadline:   March 27, 2022
Conference:   March 30-April 1, 2022

We call for submissions of papers for oral and poster presentations on a wide variety of complex systems research. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

Theoretical foundations of complex systems
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Systems theory, information theory, and systems science
Game theory, decision theory, and socio-economical applications

Self-organization, pattern formation, and collective behavior
Structure and dynamics of complex networks
Sustainability and adaptability of complex systems
Bio-inspired systems, machine learning, and evolutionary computation

Data-driven approaches to complex systems
Applications to the humanities, art, and literature
Historical and philosophical aspects of complex systems
Complex systems and education

Submissions should be made as a single PDF file via EasyChair., in either extended abstract format (1 page including one figure) or full paper format (15 pages max). Click here for formatting instructions and use the Formatting example in LaTeX

Submissions will be evaluated and selected through a rigorous peer review process.

Best Poster and Best Presentation Awards: NERCCS 2022 will give Awards to recognize the Best Posters and Best Presentations. The winners will be selected by a committee.

Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit an extended full paper of their work for a special issue of the Northeast Journal of Complex Systems (NEJCS), an open-access online journal hosted by the Open Repository @ Binghamton (ORB). No publication fee required. Interested authors should contact the Publication Chairs (Barney Ricca and Georgi Georgiev).

Award Winners:

Best Oral Presentation
Nicholas W. Landry and Juan G. Restrepo. “Community structure in hypergraphs and the emergence of polarization”
Honorable Mention Oral Presentation
Neil G. MacLaren, Siobhán M. Mattison and Naoki Masuda. “A Maximum Entropy Approach to the Multivariate "Space" of Social Networks”
Best Poster Presentation
Bren K. M. Case, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne and Jean-Gabriel Young. “Parameter inference in epidemiological modeling: a perspective from Bayesian experimental design”
Honorable Mention Poster Presentations
Bengier Ülgen Kılıç and Sarah Muldoon. “Skeleton coupling: a novel topologically based method for defining interlayer links in dynamic community detection”
Prosenjit Kundu, Hiroshi Kori and Naoki Masuda. “Validity of a one-dimensional reduction of dynamical systems on networks”


Conference schedule. Registered participants will be emailed a schedule with Zoom links.

Abstracts for keynotes and invited speakers.

Poster session schedule.

Recorded talks by invited speakers are available here.


Keynote Speakers


Dora Biro Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
- University of Rochester -


Peter J. Mucha Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Mathematics
- Dartmouth College -

Invited Speakers


Daniel M. Abrams Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
- Northwestern University -


Francesca Bernardi Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute -


Yingjie Hu Department of Geography
- University at Buffalo -


Caitlin Hult Department of Mathematics
- Gettysburg College -


Abigail Jacobs Departments of Information and Complex Systems
- University of Michigan -


Scott Rich Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network
- University of Toronto -


Jean-Gabriel Young Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- University of Vermont -



1:00-1:15pm   Nishant Malik - Introduction and Overview
1:15-2:00pm   Brennan Klein - Introduction to Data Science and Visualization
2:00-2:45pm   Saray Shai - Introduction to Network Science
2:45-3:00pm   Break
3:00-3:45pm   Benjamin Erichson - Introduction to Deep Learning
3:45-4:30pm   Erik Bollt - Introduction to Resevoir Computing

Recorded lectures are available here.


The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants. You can also participate in-person at:

University at Buffalo, SUNY   --  Student Union, room 330  
SUNY Binghamton   --  Engineering Building, room R-15  
Rochester Institute of Technology   --  Louise Slaughter Hall, room SLA-A634  



Erik M. Bollt W. Jon Harrington Professor of Mathematics
- Clarkson University -


Benjamin Erichson Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- University of Pittsburgh -


Brennan Klein Network Science Institute
- Northeastern University -


Saray Shai Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Wesleyan University -


Due to the ever changing covid landscape, NERCCS 2022 will be offered with both in-person, satellite, and fully remote options.* Because we have had so much uncertainty, we could not reserve hotel rooms or organize meals for those who would like to travel to Buffalo, so participants will need to take care of travel related issues individually. (We are happy to recommend places to stay/eat, etc.) The upside is that this means that conference registration is free!

Talks will either be in-person in Buffalo or at a satellite location or fully remote and all talks will be streamed via Zoom to participating locations/people. The poster session will remain virtual to accommodate remote participants, but in-person participants in Buffalo will also have an option to print a poster and present it locally.

You will need to select one of the options when you register:

Option 1: In-person in Buffalo. We have reserved rooms in the student union for conference participants to gather and listen to talks.

Option 2: In-person at a satellite location. For those who do not want to travel to Buffalo, but would still like to potentially meet up with people locally, we ask that you select this option when you register and enter your geographic location. We will sort through the locations of those who register and help connect you with people in your area. You will then have the option of meeting locally and linking your local gathering to the Zoom feed.

Option 3: Fully remote. This one is easy. We will make sure you have all appropriate Zoom links!

Other information: Masks are currently optional at the UB campus, and at the moment, we do not know of visitor restrictions. These things have been known to change quickly so we can make no promises.

To register, please click here to fill out the form with your preference for how you would like to participate. We look forward to seeing you in-person in Buffalo, or virtually, soon!

*still subject to change - we all saw how fast omicron hit!


Organizing Committee:

General Chairs:   Dane Taylor (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Sarah Muldoon (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Naoki Masuda (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Education Chairs:   Gourab Ghoshal (University of Rochester)
Nishant Malik (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Program Chairs:   James Bagrow (University of Vermont)
Laurent Hébert-Dufresne (University of Vermont)
Logistics Chair:   Prosenjit Kundu (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Communications Chair:   Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University, SUNY)
Poster Chairs:   Kenny Joseph (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
A. Erdem Sariyuce (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Publication Chairs:   Georgi Georgiev (Assumption College / Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Barney Ricca (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

Program Committee:

Andres Abeliuk     James Bagrow     Ling Bian     Philip Chodrow     Chun-An Chou     Shelley Dionne     James Dixon     Georgi Georgiev     Gourab Ghoshal     Boumediene Hamzi     Laurent Hébert-Dufresne     Matthijs Koopmans     Nishant Malik     Naoki Masuda     Sarah Muldoon     Alice Patania     Anca Radulescu     Barney Ricca     Jonathan Roginski     Hiroki Sayama     J. David Schaffer     Saray Shai     Per Sebastian Skardal     Guillaume St-Onge     Dane Taylor     Stephen Uzzo     Mateusz Wilinski     Jean-Gabriel Young    

SIAM Student Chapter at the University of Buffalo
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), University at Buffalo Chapter
Complex Systems Society US Northeast Chapter
Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems at Binghamton University
The Journal: Complexity