6th B.S.LAB International Symposium Borders Without Borders
Jan 21 @ 2:00 am – Jan 23 @ 5:00 am


The Business Systems Laboratory International Symposia aim to address the global economic and social challenges of our times by systemic perspective; shedding the light on the several interactions between natural social and economic systems. The criticalities and the opportunities of our times are faced according to the cutting edge research and practice in social science.

This multidisciplinary perspective includes a wide range of fields such as: management, psychology, economics, engineering and sociology.

The Symposium is thought to create a friendly atmosphere among senior scholars, PhD students, researchers and business practitioners.

The Symposium 2019 will consider how, today, globalization is blurring the borders and the boundaries of any kind (eg. countries, markets, societies, cultures, organizations, …).

Like systems, borders are not “things out there” which exist independently by the perception of the observer. We make borders as we make systems in the attempt to simplify the interconnected complexity of reality.

Today borders still exists as the demarcation between two ideal spaces defined by the observers according to political, social, cultural and economic dimensions. Therefore we live in a world made of “borders without borders” and unlike in the past, we are now widely aware of this.

With this premise the Symposium 2019 focuses on the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, technical and practical contributions that can represent advancements in the theory and practice for sustainable well-being in the global era in and by different perspectives.

While focusing on the Systemic methodology the Symposium is also open to all the scientific approaches in order to foster constructive debates and confrontations to create new paths of research and practice.

The language of the B.S.Lab Symposia is English.

The Symposium 2019 will be structured in discussion panels and poster sessions.

The Symposium will start on Monday January 21 at 13,00 pm and end on Wednesday January 23 at 18,00 pm.





CORPORATE REPORTING SYSTEMS – Chairs: Maria Chiara Demartini and Valentina Beretta

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS – “Freedom of Science: the Truth and Its Friends” – Chair: Gerhard Fink

BUSINESS ECOSYSTEMS: Emerging Research and Opportunities – Chair: Sergey Yablonsky

BIG DATA SYSTEMS: “Data without borders” – Chair: Josué Antonio Nescolarde Selva

SOCIAL ECONOMY – Chairs: Nathalie Lachapelle and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay


MARKET-ING SYSTEMS – Chairs: Gianpaolo Basile and Davide Di Fatta

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – Chair: Elena-Madalina Vatamanescu



SYSTEM DYNAMICS – Chair: Stefano Armenia


TOURISM AND SMART LAND – Chairs: Patrizia Gazzola and Roberta Pezzetti


Eurocast 2019
Feb 17 @ 2:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:00 am

Along the years, the key of the Eurocast Conferences had been the quality of the participants contributions, that we have to acknowledge in the first place. They made possible, by the Springer LNCS, the worldwide distribution of Eurocast most important effects: bringing over the years scientists and engineers of different age, background and academic institutions, together to share their experience in the design and analysis of systems using advanced mathematical methods for model-building and efficient algorithms for computer implementations. All in a multidisciplinary atmosphere which facilitated the appearance and discussion of new creative ideas and developments. We must thank and congratulate you again, participants all from the beginnings.
Franz Pichler, Roberto Moreno-Díaz
Preliminary Workshop list
1. Systems Theory and Applications.
2. Pioneers and Landmarks in the development of Information and 3. Stochastic Models and Applications to Natural, Social and
4. Theory and Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms.
5. Model-Based System Design, Verification and Simulation
6. Applications of Signal Processing Technology
7. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for Intelligent Transportation 8. Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Image Analysis and
9. Computer and Systems Based Methods and Electronic technologies in Medicine
10. Systems Concepts and Methods in Touristic Flows
11.Systems in Industrial Robotics, Automation and IoT

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Special Issue in Systems
Feb 28 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

Special Issue “A Systems Approach to Sustainability within Agenda 2030 and across SDGs”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: demonstrate the scale and ambition of a new, universal approach to sustainable development for our planet: the 2030 Agenda, promoted by the United Nations.

The 17 SDGs ( integrate and balance the fundamental dimensions and complex dynamics of interconnected economic, social and environmentally sustainable development, both on a global and local scale. These goals are challenging due to an increasingly interconnected world, characterized by a global web of ecological, economic, social, cultural and political dynamic processes. Hence, these complex challenges cannot be addressed and solved in isolation and with single dimensional mindsets anymore.

Achieving the objectives proposed by the various SDGs requires a systems approach in line with the holistic vision of the Agenda, so to promote proper and efficient actions aimed at hitting those ambitious targets. For these reasons, proper “systemic” studies should be developed by taking into account that each action carried out to achieve the goals, will have dynamic consequences, over the short-to-medium or even long term period. It will be relevant to target the systemic relationships induced by the implementation of new policies or by the introduction of new technologies, the impacts of their adoption and possible unexpected consequences (delays, side effects, etc) toward the goals.

To this end, this Special Issues is focused on exploring, analyzing and proposing various interdisciplinary systemic and dynamic approaches to solve social, technical, managerial, engineering, and decision-making problems in order to achieve the vision of the Agenda, as a whole or with regards to just one SDG or a specific subset of SDGs.

The contributions to this SI are thus expected to explore strategies and to provide policy indications to overcome or remove the obstacles to pursuing integrated SDGs, hence efficiently accomplishing the 2030 Agenda.

The SI is open to practical contributions as well as theoretical papers and is expected to address a broad range of topics by means of a large span of systemic and dynamic approaches, as well as by means of different research techniques, in order to qualitatively and quantitatively depict the challenges attaining to the sustainable development targets.

However, papers reporting and presenting methodological and technological advances related to the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice (i.e.: System Dynamics, Agent-based Modelling, Discrete Event modelling as well as their “hybridizations”) will be particularly welcome.

More specifically, the Editors encourage submissions of studies about:

understanding and representing dynamic complexity and interdependencies among SDGs
short and long-term implications of specific SDGs-targeted policies
unintended consequences, resistance factors, and collateral costs to achieving the SDGs
integrated policy impacts on multiple SDGs
policies based on resilient mechanisms enabling SDGs
highlights on long term effects of sustainable practices in different sectors
Prof. Dr. Alberto De Marco
Dr. Alberto S. Atzori
Dr. Ilaria Perissi
Dr. Stefano Armenia
Guest Editors

Special issue in PuntoOrg International Journal
Mar 15 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

The Challenge of Sustainable Development for organisations: the role of Model-based frameworks through systemic approaches

Guest Editors:

– Ing. Stefano Armenia – Link Campus University, Rome, Italy,

– Dr. Francesca Iandolo – Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy,

– Dr. Elena Claire Ricci – Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy,

In recent years, organisations are faced with a growing complexity of their internal and external environment. This poses evident challenges but may also provide interesting opportunities for organisations to develop competitive advantages in an extremely interconnected context. Often organisations try to respond to this by recurring to the analysis of large quantities of data, often aimed at guiding strategic decisions. However, the availability of such often overabundant amounts of data makes it quite difficult to evaluate the results emerging from them: the issue is to transform an often overwhelming amount of information in actual knowledge for the organisation, so that this can provide insights for present and future organisational models and strategies with a view to the sustainability of the organisation itself.

The main topic on which this Special Issue (SI) is based on is the concept of Model-based Sustainable Development, that is the development of organizational models that allow complex organizations to identify, study and evaluate strategies which may guide the main dynamical behavior of the organization over time, and which allow organizations to become “smart”, to learn, and eventually change, their internal processes, in order to improve their chances of achieving their strategic goals.

Modeling the processes that characterize complex organizations is not an easy task, so this SI aims to attract contributions displaying various systemic methodologies, especially those ones capable of accounting for non-linearity, path-dependency and time lags, and that may allow also for organisational and social learning (i.e.: Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, ABM, etc.).

The focus will hence be on how such methodologies, by also making use of modelling and simulation, might provide advantages in finding new ways of reaching good governance and sustainability.

Indeed, sustainable development requires organisations to rethink their goals and/or business models, with effects on their day-to-day activities. Pursuing to become more sustainable is not only a need for marketing reasons but also an opportunity of growth and of alignment with emerging trends. However, managing the complexity of sustainability is not straightforward and requires tools that are able to capture and jointly take into account a wide variety of interrelated factors.

This Special Issue (SI) aims at exploring how a Model-based Sustainable Development approach can guide organisations in tackling such complex issues. Contributions discussing possible organisational models for sustainable transitions are particularly welcome. Moreover, the SI aims at shedding light on how to balance the knowledge coming from managers, operators and working groups with data-driven information and guide their decision-making processes, at the same time providing insights on how to tackle the new challenges and identify possible pathways that go far beyond the simple optimisation of past models, taking advantage of classical and newly developed tools. Last but not least, contributions will help readers evaluate how through a Model-based Sustainable Development approach, the management of organisational knowledge and strategic learning, as well as the dynamic evaluations of strategies and performance, can be fostered and hence broader perspectives on how to integrate the multilevel dimensions of the issues at stake can be achieved.

More in detail, contributions are expected to tackle one or more of the following themes:

Smart, Intelligent and Resilient organizations
Decision making processes
Sustainable organizational change
Sustainable Development in various domains (social, environmental, economic, industrial, etc.)
Model-based strategy development
Policy impact assessment through systemic models

The SI aims at reaching out to both academics and practitioners interested in addressing such topics. Therefore, the SI is oriented to academic-based articles as well as to rigorous practice-based contributions.

Full paper submission deadline: 15th February 2019

Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance @ Kybernetes
Mar 30 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance: When metaphors shed new light on complex social systems

Guest editors:
Prof. Primiano Di Nauta –
Prof. Marcello Martinez –
Prof. Cristina Simone –

About the Special Issue:
The aim of the issue is to promote and attract contributions on issues such as exaptation, bricolage and vicariance as innovation detonators in social organizations, and more generally in complex socio-economic systems.

This special issue deals with social systems as emerging, unpredictable, nonlinear (i.e., complex) phenomena. It aims to shed new light on complex social systems by proposing original metaphors, such as those of exaptation (Gould and Vrba, 1982; Lewontin 1991), bricolage (Levi-Strauss, 1962), and vicariance (Reuchlin, 1978; Lautrey, 2002; Uexküll, 1933; Berthoz, 2013). These metaphors were born in multidisciplinary fields (sociology, psychology, neurosciences, and biology), and address new insightful perspectives in order to deepen the protean nature of social systems and their complex evolutionary path. Using concepts such as self-organization, emergence, dissipative structures, nonlinearity, coevolution, learning, chaos, fractals, catastrophes, and crises, the perspective on complexity has greatly contributed to the understanding of social systems.

According to this perspective, social systems are not qualified in terms of linearity, but in terms of openings and breakages: emerging, rubber landscapes, in which islands of development and islands of hindered development coexist. According to this, the becoming of a social system arises in an open Popperian logic, emerging from a recursive cycle of hypotheses and rejection of hypotheses. This is not the product of engineering activity, but the result of the collective intelligence of a choral bricolage. This interpretative framework can be further enriched by hybridizing the existing state of the art with research contributions on exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance.
Moving from multidisciplinary fields of research, this special issue aims to attract papers that, by focusing on exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance, can promote a new way of knowing (epistemology) and a new observational perspective (metaphysics) on complex social systems.

In this perspective, topics may include, but are not limited to:

Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance in complex social systems
People, technology, and governance in complex social systems
Systems thinking, systems dynamics, and social ecosystems
Systems design and thinking for supporting innovation
The role of the management of human resources in promoting knowledge and innovation
The role of information systems and big data analytics in knowledge and innovation
Tinkering, bricolage, and information systems
Lateral thinking, creativity, and design thinking
Cybernetic principles and applications for platforms and modularity
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Wccs19, 4th edition of world conference on complex systems @ Ouarzazate-Morocco
Apr 22 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm

After the success of the previous editions (ICCS12, WCCS14 and WCCS15), we are very glad to announce the WCCS19, “4th Edition of World conference on Complex Systems “. The WCCS19 will be organized by Ibn Zohr University; Moroccan Society of Complex Systems and National College of IT (ENSIAS, Mohamed V Souissi University) in partnership with IEEE Moroccan section and International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Science during April 22-25, 2019 in Ouarzazate-Morocco.

The recent technological progress leads to an increased complexity in many Natural and Artificial Systems. This increase in complexity is a result of the emergence of new properties and spatio temporal interactions among a large number of system elements and between the system and its environment. The WCCS19 will provide a high-level international forum for researchers and Ph. D. students who will present recent research results, address new challenges and discuss trends in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science. The aims of the conference are focused on the debate about the most relevant methodologies and approaches to understanding, modelling, simulating, predicting, evaluating and mastering the Societal, Ecological, Biological and Engineered Complex Systems.

Complex Engineered Systems
Complex Social Systems
Complex Biological and Ecological Systems
Complex Networks
Complex Management Systems
Theories, Methods and Techniques including, but not limited to:
– Agent-based modeling and simulation
– Cellular Automata
– Systems theory
– System Dynamics
– Control Theory
– Decision theory
– Chaos Theory
– Fractals
– Game Theory
– Bayesian Network
– Graph Theory
– Big Data
– Data Mining
– Fuzzy Logic
– Evolutionary Computation
– Machine Learning
– Robotics
– Finite state automata
– Cloud Computing
– …

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