Special Issue "Information and Self-Organization II"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Hermann Haken
Guest Editor
Institute for Theoretical Physics, Center of Synergetics, Pfaffenwaldring 57/4, Stuttgart University, D-70550 Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: self-organization/synergetics; information theory; pattern recognition; quantum information
Prof. Juval Portugali
Guest Editor
ESLab (Environmental simulation lab), Department of Geography and the Human Environment, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Interests: complexity theories; urban dynamics; information theory; spatial cognition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The process of “self-organization” invokes a property that is far from equilibrium and refers to open and complex systems that acquire spatiotemporal or functional structures without specific ordering instructions from the outside. In domains such as physics, chemistry or biology, the phrase “far from equilibrium” refers to systems that are “far from thermal equilibrium”, while in other disciplines, the term refers to the property of being “away from the resting state”. Such systems are “complex” in the sense that they are composed of many interacting components, parts, elements, etc. and “open” in the sense that they exchange with their environment matter, energy, and information. Here, “information” may imply Shannon information, as a measure of the capacity of a channel through which a message passes, pragmatic information, as the impact of a message on recipients, or semantic information, as the meaning per se conveyed by a message.

In the first Special Issue—Information and Self-Organization”—(Haken and Portugali 2016), the aim was to deal with the different ways processes of self-organization are linked with the various forms of information. A prominent example was the concept of information adaptation, whereby Shannon information and semantic information condition each other. A study of such links has consequences on a number of research domains, ranging from physics and chemistry, through the life sciences and cognitive science, including human behavior and action, to our understanding of society, economics, and the dynamics of cities and urbanization.

In the present Special Issue—“Information and Self-Organization II”—the aim is to extend the discussion by adding studies exploring further aspects and domains of information and self-organization, such as principles of self-organization based on information theory, social neurology, and coordination dynamics, the ‘free energy principle’, or their conjunction, and special topics such as cities, language, economy, culture, and society as self-organizing systems, etc.

Prof. Hermann Haken
Prof. Juval Portugali
Guest Editors

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  • Self-organization in nature and society
  • Synergetics
  • Information theory
  • Information adaptation (IA)
  • Coordination dynamics
  • Action
  • Cities
  • Language
  • Society
  • Economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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