Special Issue "Selected Papers form FIS 2017: Structure, Dynamics, Complexity in the Informational Nature"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Theory and Methodology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marcin J. Schroeder

Akita International University, 193-2 Okutsubakidai, Aza Tsubakigawa, Yuwa, 010-1211 Akita, Japan
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Interests: philosophy of information and computation; philosophy and history of science and logic; foundations of physics and mathematics; mathematical formalization of scientific theories
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic

1 Department of Applied Information Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
2 School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Computer Science Laboratory, Mälardalen University, Sweden
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Interests: computing paradigms; computational mechanisms of cognition; philosophy of science; epistemology of science; computing and philosophy; ethics of computing; information ethics; roboethics and engineering ethics; sustainability ethics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pedro C. Marijuán

Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group, Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud, Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Aragón (CIBA), Avda. San Juan Bosco, 13, planta X, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Interests: multidisciplinary research; systems biology; biology & information; scientomics; sensory-motor approach; laughter research; social information; information science; information philosophy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite contributions that use the informational perspective to explore the issues associated with concepts of structure, dynamics, and complexity encountered in nature, and to resolve problems related to limitations and challenges associated with them. For instance, the problem of overcoming the limitations of complexity (one of the greatest challenges of present time) may find solution through nature inspired innovative forms of computation exemplifying dynamics of information. On the other hand, our increasing understanding of computation or dynamics of information may give us novel methods of exploration of nature. Reflection on this and other challenges will be of great interest for the conference.

We do not set any limitations on the way the mutual relations between the key concepts of structure, dynamics and complexity in informational nature are studied, but we expect that the concept of information will serve well as a point of reference for the exchange of views between participants of the conference. This does not preclude that one of the most frequently invoked questions in the discussions probably will be “What is information?”

This Special Issue will contain the expanded versions of selected papers presented at the FIS 2017 Conference (http://is4si-2017.org/program/conferences/fis-2017/) of the 2017 IS4SI Summit held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 12–16 June 2017.

Prof. Dr. Marcin J. Schroeder
Prof. Dr. Pedro C. Marijuán
Prof. Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Structural and Symbolic Information in the Context of the General Theory of Information
Information 2017, 8(4), 139; doi:10.3390/info8040139
Received: 26 September 2017 / Revised: 26 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
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The general theory of information, which includes syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and many other special theories of information, provides theoretical and practical tools for discerning a very large diversity of different kinds, types, and classes of information. Some of these kinds, types, and classes
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The general theory of information, which includes syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and many other special theories of information, provides theoretical and practical tools for discerning a very large diversity of different kinds, types, and classes of information. Some of these kinds, types, and classes are more important and some are less important. Two basic classes are formed by structural and symbolic information. While structural information is intrinsically imbedded in the structure of the corresponding object or domain, symbolic information is represented by symbols, the meaning of which is subject to arbitrary conventions between people. As a result, symbolic information exists only in the context of life, including technical and theoretical constructs created by humans. Structural information is related to any objects, systems, and processes regardless of the existence or presence of life. In this paper, properties of structural and symbolic information are explored in the formal framework of the general theory of information developed by Burgin because this theory offers more powerful instruments for this inquiry. Structural information is further differentiated into inherent, descriptive, and constructive types. Properties of correctness and uniqueness of these types are investigated. In addition, predictive power of symbolic information accumulated in the course of natural evolution is considered. The phenomenon of ritualization is described as a general transition process from structural to symbolic information. Full article
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