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The Complex Systems Digital Campus is an international network of individuals and institutions working together and sharing resources to promote research and education in complex systems science and in integrative sciences. This large scale collaborative work will embody social intelligent strategies towards new scientific and educational practices, dealing with the difficult scientific, societal and environmental challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.

What is the Complex System Digital Campus?

The CS-DC international network of institutions comprises more than 100 higher education and research institutions and was recognized as an UNESCO UniTwin in July 2014 with the signature of a Cooperation Programme with the Director-General of UNESCO. The main objectives of the Cooperation Programme are to:
  • Promote an integrated system of research, education and training, information and documentation in the domain of the science and engineering of complex systems,
  • contribute to the aims of global development by taking into account its social, economic and cultural dimensions and to this end, make the science and engineering of complex systems accessible to all, in order to get the relations between science, engineering, politics and ethics to evolve towards a sustainable development,
  • Contribute to a research and education of the highest quality in the domain of the science of complex systems,
  • Promote the development of integrated knowledge and integrated models of complex systens in order to bridge the gap between science and engineering,
  • Promote a lifelong personalised education for all in the science of complex systems as well as in integrative and predictive sciences — including the integrative and predictive science of personalised education for all — at all levels,
  • Contribute to an education and training in citizen cyber-science, open to all, independently of previously achieved academic levels, respectful of the diversity of social and cultural environments, genders, religions or ways of life.
In order to achieve these objectives, the object of the current agreement is to:
  • Launch a Complex Systems Digital Campus as a social intelligent ICT system in order to federate all resources and efforts on education, research and the applications of the science of complex systems,
  • Launch the CS-DC roadmap at all scales in order to identify the scientific, educational and societal challenges of CS-DC with its cloud-based computational ecosystem and educational ecosystem,
  • Launch the scientific cloud-based computational ecosystem of the CS-DC in order to construct complex systems of societal impact, by sharing partial multi-level models as well as software platforms and e-infrastructures of all kinds,
  • Launch the educational ecosystem of the CS-DC in order to construct a map of integrated knowledge, with the aim of creating and adapting educational contents as well as to develop a lifelong personalised education on complex systems.

Roadmap of the Complex System Digital Campus

The CS-DC international network of scientists is in charge of constructing the challenges of the living roadmap and producing/sharing the research and educational resources for dealing with these challenges. The living roadmap of complex systems is under peer to peer interaction with the whole scientific community on the CS-DC Wikiversity portal

Constructing the living roadmap of complex systems

There are “dual and equivalent” scientific strategies for developing the living roadmap of complex systems: These two dual scientific strategies are producing two equivalent roadmaps, because its horizontal chapters and is vertical chapter are covering exactly the same matrix of scientific challenges.
  • Starting with a great transversal question and looking to the responses through the main classes of multi-level complex systems. All together, their scientific challenges constitute the international living roadmap of the complex systems science, as a transdiscipline.
  • Starting with a main class of multi-level complex systems and looking to the responses to the great transversal questions. The result constitutes the living roadmap of an integrative and predictive science, as a transdiscipline.

Producing/sharing the resources for overcoming the roadmap challenges

By construction, the CS-DC organisation has almost exactly the same structure as the living roadmap: the e-departments correspond to the chapters; the e-laboratories and project-teams are covering in a more and more precise and complete way the matrix. Their new results from research and education by research are shared as CS-DC resources for overcoming new challenges. The permanent transdiciplinary interactions in the matrix increase the natural convergence between the theoretical aspects of the living international roadmap of complex systems and the experimental aspects of the living international roadmaps of the new integrative science. This "natural convergence" is of the same kind as the reciprocal co-evolution of mathematics and physics in the last centuries.

What are Complex Systems?


Complex Systems are open, value-laden multi-level multi-component reconfigurable systems of systems, situated in turbulent, unstable, and changing environments. They evolve, adapt and transform through internal and external dynamic interactions. They are the source of very difficult scientific challenges for observing, understanding, reconstructing and predicting their multi-scale dynamics. The challenges posed by the multi-scale modelling of both natural and artificial adaptive complex systems can only be met with radically new collective strategies for research and teaching.

What are Complex Systems science and Integrative Sciences?


Complex systems science and new integrative sciences bridges the gap between the individual and the collective: from genes to organisms to ecosystems, from atoms to materials to products, from digital media to the Internet, from citizens to society. It cuts across all disciplines. It enables new and shorter paths between scientists and integrates the flow of scientific knowledge. It reduces the gap between pure and applied science, establishing new foundations for the design, control and management of systems with unprecedented levels of complexity, which exceed the capacity of current approaches. It will benefit the environment and industry, the health and education sector and all public and social actors. Understanding complex systems will be the basis of worldwide wealth and socio-economic wellbeing in the 21st century.

CS-DC Council's committees

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The role of the committee is to federate a network of institutions and scientists for implementing a Social Intelligent ICT Ecosystem for publicly sharing the scientific challenges in the study of complex systems

The objectives of the committee are to:

  • promote an integrated system of research, education and training, information and documentation in the domain of the science and engineering of complex systems,
  • federate a CS-DC network of Research and Education Institutions all around the world wishing to deal with the challenges of complex systems science
  • federate the new scientific trans-disciplinary communities dealing with the scientific challenges of complex systems

In order to achieve these roles, the commitments are to:

  • implement the CS-DC Wikiversity as a social intelligent ICT ecosystem for sharing all the scientific challenges and all the necessary resources for dealing with these challenges
  • implement a table of open collaborative tools with their features and select the ones to be used in the CS-DC
  • implement all the selected collaborative tools for federating and accelerating all efforts on education, research and the applications of the science of complex systems

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The role of the committee is to take into account the rapid change in the society of knowledge, the exponential accumulation of data and the acceleration of scientific knowledge for permanent adaptation of the CS-DC strategies.

The objective of the Committee is to

  • adapt the CS-DC objectives to the rapid societal change always in the direction of the long term objectives of the Cooperation Program with UNESCO and the Charter

In order to achieve this objective, the commitments are to:

  • revise the roadmap for each UNESCO report (each two years) with the help of the CS-DC Scientific Committee,
  • adapt the charter, statutes and by-laws including the by-laws of the CS-DC series and, most importantly, the legal form of the CS-DC as an international association,
  • implement the CS-DC election system
  • constitute relations with the international learning societies and international scientific associations,
  • devise and implement a strategy for sponsorship, including ‘charitable status’ enabling CS-DC to claim, for example, tax paid by donors,

Co-Chairs

No co-representative yet

The role of the Committee is to organize the computational tools and resources as an exemplary computational ecosystem.

The objective of the Committee are to:

  • contribute to a research and education of the highest possible quality in the domain of the science of complex systems,
  • organize the diversity and comparison of computational tools and resources inside and outside the CS-DC

In order to achieve these objectives, the commitments are to:

  • implement an integrated computational environment of research, education and training, information and documentation in the domain of the science and engineering of complex systems,
  • implement the scientific cloud-based computational ecosystem of the CS-DC in order to create the conditions for building as easily as possible the best possible integrated knowledge and multi-level models of complex systems, by exploiting very large corpora of theoretical and experimental articles, big data bases on multimodal multi-scale dynamics as well as software platforms and e-infrastructures of all kinds (in an interoperable way allowed by cloud computing)
  • implement a table and/or map of open computational tools with their features for selecting the ones that are fitting the best the CS-DC objectives

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The role of the Committee is to coordinate the CS-DC evolving organized scientist network involved in identifying the scientific challenges through living complex systems roadmaps, and facilitate sharing all the research and educative ressources for overcoming them. This network will be organized through trans-disciplinary education and research e-departments, each federating the e-laboratories of a roadmap chapter. Each trans-disciplinary education and research e-laboratory is federating the e-community addressing one chapter challenge.

The objective of the Committee is to:

  • contribute to a research and education of the highest possible quality in the domains of the science of complex systems and the integrative & predictive sciences,

In order to achieve this objective, the commitments are to:

  • build through international contests the best possible integrated knowledge and integrated models of complex systems in order to bridge the gap between science and engineering,
  • have the relevant interactions with the others committees in order to achieve this objective.

Co-Chairs

No co-representative yet

The role of the committee is the long term CS-DC commitment towards the Worldwide Knowledge Society by promoting complex systems research and education. Its main contribution is both integrated knowledge and integrated models. The CS-DC will also promote the use of complex systems science by societal actors in the public and private sectors. CS-DC has the duty to design the best possible integrated knowledge and integrated models that will be used by societal actors to ground their strategies for the best possible environmental and societal impact, considering their multicultural approaches of Ethics.

The objectives of the Committee are to:

  • contribute to the aims of global development by taking into account its social, economic and cultural dimensions and to this end, make the science and engineering of complex systems accessible to all, in order to get the relations between science, engineering, politics and ethics to evolve towards a sustainable development,

$promote the development of integrated knowledge and integrated models of complex systems in order to bridge the gap between science and engineering,

  • contribute to develop open science by involving citizens with their sensing, computing and thinking resources towards ubiquitous observing, learning and computing.

In order to achieve these objectives, the commitments are to:

  • implement long term agreements with societal actors at all levels for co-designing the best possible protocols of multi-modal and multi-scale observations in natura and their phenomenological interpretation and for sharing the resulting big data bases
  • implement the co-design by scientists and societal actors of governance, prevention and resilience protocols using the best possible integrated models as attested by international contests of models (ad done through the Organizational Ecosystem Committee)
  • implement the societal committees having the responsibility of advising the above virtuous cycle that goes from the multi-scale data to the best multilevel model and go back from the multi-level models to new multi-scale data coming from new protocols.

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No co-representative yet

Main tasks

Main tasks of the new "Regional" CS-DC Committees in 2016 are to:

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Main tasks

Main tasks of the new "Regional" CS-DC Committees in 2016 are to:

Chair(s)

Co-Chairs

No co-representative yet

The role of the Committee is to organize the CS-DC educational tools and resources as an exemplary educational ecosystem in the Worldwide Knowledge Society.

The objectives of the Committee are to:

  • implement a lifelong personalised education for all in the science of complex systems as well as in integrative and predictive sciences (including the integrative and predictive science of personalised education) at all levels of the society,
  • contribute to an education and training in open science for all concerned citizen, independently of previously achieved academic levels, respectful of the diversity of social and cultural environments, genders, religions or ways of life.

In order to achieve these objectives, the commitments are to:

  • use the map of integrated knowledge and the map of scientific and engineering challenges for motivating the educational trajectories of everyone at all time scale
  • implement the social network of learners, tutors and teachers for a participative education
  • implement a recommendation system for learners, tutors and teachers for helping them towards the best successful individuated long life education trajectories
  • implement a measurement system of the successfulness of the personalized educational trajectories
  • implement a table of open educational tools with their features for selecting the ones that are fitting the best the CS-DC objectives
  • promote the federation of the worldwide efforts for open courses, open learning management systems, for open anonymized educational trajectories data bases systems