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MCS 2011 : 11th International Workshop on Meta-synthesis and Complex Systems


Conference Series : Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems
When Sep 7, 2011 - Sep 9, 2011
Where Lanzhou, China
Submission Deadline Mar 31, 2011
Notification Due Jun 1, 2011
Final Version Due Jun 24, 2011
Categories    complex system   decision support system   knowledge science   soft or

Call For Papers

The 11th International Workshop on Meta-synthesis and Complex Systems (MCS 2011)

Jointly held with the 2011 International Conference on Brain Informatics (BI2011)
September 7-9, 2011, Lanzhou, China

MCS 2011 URL:
BI 2011 URL:

Papers Due: *** 31 March 2011 ***

Accepted papers will be published by Springer as a volume of the series
of LNCS/LNAI, which are indexed by EI.
Selected papers from the MCS 2011 will be recommended to 2 SCI journals.

Activated with regular exchanges on complex system modeling mainly between Japanese and
Chinese scholars as well as a major project on meta-synthesis system research (1999-2003)
in China, the international workshop on meta-synthesis and complex system became an annual
event since 2001. After successful MCS2001 (Beijing), MCS2002 (Shanghai, together with KSS2002),
MCS2003 (Guangzhou, together with KSS2003), MCS2004 (Beijing), MCS2005 (Kobe, one workshop of
IFSR2005), MCS2006 (Beijing, together with KSS2006), MCS2007 (Beijing, one workshop of ICCS2007),
MCS2008 (Singapore, a special track at IEEE SMC2008), MCS2009 (Chengdu, a workshop at MCDM2009)
and MCS2010 (Toronto, a workshop at WI-IAT2010), MCS workshop will be continuously held in 2011
to provide opportunities for those researchers who are interested in systems sciences,
complex problem solving and advanced modeling, knowledge-oriented technology and integration,
decision sciences and advancing support technologies, etc. to facilitate interdisciplinary
studies under the context of the 2011 International Conference on Brain Informatics (BI2011)
held in Lanzhou, China.

More about meta-synthesis:

Originally proposed in 1990 by the famous Chinese system scientist Qian Xuesen (1911-2009)
towards open complex giant systems, meta-synthesis system approach emphasizes to make full
use of cutting-edge information technologies and aims to achieve knowledge creation and
wisdom emergence along human-machine collaborative complex problem solving process.
Intensive research has been engaged into meta-synthesis approach to complex system modeling
with an interdisciplinary view together with more practice in both reality and the designed
scenarios. In recent years, computational approaches have been greatly enhanced to explore
knowledge-related technologies to mine more hidden patterns, tacit meanings from humans,
which thus brings out many new foci on diverse topics. As new wicked problems, e.g. emergency management and terrorism, bring more troubles to the current world, similar systems thinking
like meta-synthesis have been of further exploration, such as the advanced concept group in
Sandia National Laboratories. It is expected that the meta-synthesis system approach will
be of more solid foundations and wide applications. MCS workshop aims to facilitate idea
generation, knowledge sharing and scientific collaboration among those endeavors.

In the memoriam of his 100th anniversary of Professor Qian's birth, MCS2011 is dedicated
to Professor Qian Xuesen, who proposed the advancing systemic thoughts on
qualitative-to-quantitative meta-synthesis system approach toward complex systems
ahead of the times.

Topics of Interest

The presentations and papers at MCS2011 are expected to cover but not
limited to the following areas:

- Chance discovery
- Computing methods for uncertainty modeling
- Consensus methods and technologies, e.g. voting model, MCDM, etc.
- Decision support system
- Dynamic social network modeling and simulation
- Knowledge creation, creativity support, awareness support, etc.
- Knowledge discovery: data mining, text mining, recommendation system and
relevant Web intelligence tools
- Knowledge systems engineering and knowledge management
- Meta-synthetic system modeling and advanced environment,
e.g. crisis & emergency management, socioeconomic system, service system, etc.
- Problem structuring methods and system methodologies

On-Line Submissions and Publication

Please submit the conference paper through the Brain Informatics 2011 On-Line Paper
Submission Page. All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format only, and
should have a maximum of 12 pages in the Springer LNCS/LNAI style.
Please select The 11th International Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems
during your paper submission to MCS2011.

Each full-length paper will be under at least 2 anonymous reviewers. All submitted
papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance and
clarity to MCS2011. Accepted papers will be published by Springer as a volume of the
series of LNCS/LNAI, which are indexed by EI.

Selected papers presented at MCS2011 will be recommended to the following journals
after the finish of the workshop, as done to the previous MCS workshops since 2005,

1)Journal of Systems Science and Complexity(SCI-E, Springer-Verlag)
2)Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering(SCI-E, Springer-Verlag)
3)International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science(a journal of International
Society for Knowledge and Systems Sciences published by IGI Global).

Please note that the recommended papers will be under modification in consideration
of copyright and again of peer review requested by the journals. MCS2011 organizers
do not guarantee the acceptance of those recommended papers by those journals.

Important Dates

Electronic submission of full papers
(maximum of 12 pages in the Springer LNCS/LNAI style.)
*** 31 March 2011 ***

Notification of paper acceptance: June 1, 2011
Camera-ready of accepted papers: June 24, 2011
Conference: September 7-9, 2011

Note: There is no a separate workshop registration fee
(i.e., BI conference registration covers everything).

*** Contact Information ***
General contact email address:
Emails of acting chairs:
Xijin Tang
Xiaoji Zhou

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