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2nd Winter School in Complexity Sciences 
"Formal approaches for the representation and analysis of social network structures"

Lisbon University Institute,  January 11-15, 2010 - http://complexsystemsstudies.eu/winterschool

The 2nd Winter School in Complexity Sciences will take place at the Lisbon University Institute, on January 11-15, 2010. The programme of this edition is organized around the subject "Formal approaches for the representation and analysis of social network structures".

The Winter School is organised in the context of the International Doctoral and Master Programs in Complexity Sciences proposed by the Lisbon University Institute and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. The Winter School is also supported by the ASSYST Coordination Action and the Complex Systems Society. The Winter School will propose a state-of-the-art of the new theories, methodologies and algorithmic proposals to the study of topological features of complex networks. 

Target audience
The sessions are intended for faculty, graduate students, master and PhD students, researchers and others who would like to gain an understanding of the new formal approaches to the representation and interpretation of network structures. 

Organisation
The Winter School will include both theoretical presentations and practical sessions in computer room, allowing presenting and experimenting the most well known and performative software tools for the representation and analysis of networks. The school will provide 10 theoretical sessions of 1:30 each and 5 practical sessions of 2 hours each - a total of 25 hours during 1 week. Sessions will start at 3pm and will end at 8:30pm. This time schedule will allow participants to use the morning and early afternoon free moments to interact with local researchers at the university. 

Speakers

* David Rodrigues (Lisbon University Institute, PT) - software for the representation and analysis of networks - see the list of software below (practical sessions)

* Gergely Palla (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU) - 2 theoretical sessions: 1) Statistical properties of tagged networks and 2) Multifractal network generator

* James P.G. Sterbenz (The University of Kansas, US and Lancaster University, UK) - computer network modelling state-of-the-art and new research approaches (2 theoretical sessions)

* Jeffrey Johnson (Open University, UK) - hypernetworks: state of the art, challenges and applications (2 theoretical sessions)

* John Symons (University of Texas at El Paso, USA) - theoretical background and challenges around the study of network structures (2 theoretical sessions)

* Jorge Louçã (Lisbon University Institute, PT) - software for the representation and analysis of networks - see the list of software below; about scale and structure issues in networks (practical sessions and 1 theoretical session)

* Rui Lopes (Lisbon University Institute, PT) - computer network modelling approaches: theory and tools (practical sessions and 1 theoretical session)

* Rui Marinheiro (Lisbon University Institute, PT) - computer network modelling approaches: theory and tools (practical sessions and 1 theoretical session)

* Santo Fortunato (Institute for Scientific Interchange, IT) - complex networks and community detection algorithms: state of the art, challenges and applications (2 theoretical sessions)


Software
The following software will be provided in a CD and will be used in the practical sessions:

* CFinder - software for the exploration of clusters and communities via de Clique Percolation Method

* NetworkX - programatic approach to graphs and networks

* Network Workbench - general interface for several algorithms to network analysis 

* Pajek - network analysis platform 

* Visone - platform for the analysis and visualization of social networks


Registration
Registration deadline is January 8, 2010. You are advised to register as soon as possible - the number of places available is limited. To register please send an email to "[log in to unmask]" asking to attain the winter school, with your name, address, nationality, institution and telephone. The registration fee is 150 euros. Participants will be asked to pay the fee at the registration desk, just before the beginning of the Winter School, on January 11, 2010. 

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