CIF 2013: The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Complex Information Flows

Held in conjunction with COMPSAC, the IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software & Applications - July 22-26, 2013 - Kyoto, Japan


Goal of the Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art, research and development in the area of complex systems, with an emphasis on information flow in such structures. This year’s focus is on the modeling, analysis, design and control of these complex networks. How can we extract relevant information from very large networks? How can we design networks that are optimal in terms of information diffusion? What are the best techniques, or hardware solutions, for such tasks? The workshop will be of interest to researchers across different disciplines, from academia as well as industry.

Theme and Scope of the Workshop

Complex systems are characterized by the presence of intricate interactions between their heterogeneous parts, and an overall behavior which can not be easily explain by the properties of these individual components. For such systems, it is therefore particularly interesting to focus on how information flows between these parts, in terms of dynamical and statistical properties. This flow may represent data on a communication network, financial market interactions, gene interactions, or even a disease spreading within a population.

Due to their complexity, the analysis of such systems is not trivial. They are associated with large datasets, which require advanced techniques. Similarly, prediction implies the development of refined models and simulation tools. Such developments are often only possible high-performance computing. Cloud computing also emerges as a suitable option in some cases, and several presentations at this workshop will look at these alternatives.

Any submission whose content is relevant to the areas of data analysis, computational modeling, networks and complex systems will be considered, but any submission whose subject matter is related to one of the following topics will be particularly welcome:

Analysis and modeling of large-scale networks (e.g. communication networks, social networks)
- Modeling and design of complex networks
- Tools and metrics for large networks
- Information diffusion in communication networks

Towards e-Health: biomedical and social systems
- Network approaches in genetics and epigenetics
- Personalized medicine
- Population studies: alert systems, epidemic modeling, etc.
- Big (bio-)data: biological and medical data analysis

New solutions for computationally-intensive problems
- HPC for data analytics
- Cloud computing
- Pre-computation
- Optimization approaches to complex systems

Tools and Case-studies
- Applications, experience reports and case studies in data analytics
- Applications, experience reports and case studies in computational modeling
- Tools for large-scale data analysis


Papers must be submitted electronically via the CIF 2013 Submission Page.

Follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare your papers:

All papers will be carefully reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers can be submitted as regular papers (six pages), and the acceptance will depend on reviewer feedback. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings of the IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2013) by the IEEE CS Press. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant of the workshop to have the paper published in the proceedings. Each accepted paper must be presented in person by an author.

General Inquiries

For updated information, please contact the workshop organizers.

CIF Organizers

Hiroyuki Ohsaki
Osaka University, Japan
Email: oosaki (at)

Ray Walshe
Dublin City University, Ireland
Email: ray.walshe (at)

Dimitri Perrin
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Email: dperrin (at)

Program Committee

Ana Barat, Dublin City University, Ireland
Alain Barrat, Centre de Physique Théorique, France
John Burns, IT Tallaght, Ireland
Martin Crane, Dublin City University, Ireland
Jens Eschenbächer, BIBA, Germany
David R.C. Hill, Université Blaise Pascal, France
Geir Horn, SINTEF, Norway
Yuki Koizumi, Osaka University, Japan
James Murphy, NUI Galway, Ireland
Heather Ruskin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Yusuke Sakumoto, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Sho Tsugawa, Osaka University, Japan
Keiichiro Tsukamoto, Osaka University, Japan
Kohei Watabe, Osaka University, Japan

Workshops Program Deadlines

• Extended: April 8, 2013 : Workshop papers due
• April 26, 2013: Workshop paper notifications
• May 5, 2013: Camera-ready copy and registration due