Special Issue "What is Self-Organization?"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Complexity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros
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Guest Editor
Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Interests: computational neuroscience; self-organized robots; information theory; complex and cognitive systems
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Dr. Damián H. Zanette
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Guest Editor
Centro Atómico Bariloche, 8400 Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Interests: nonequilibrium statistical physics; collective dynamics and self-organization in complex systems; mathematical modeling of biological and socioeconomical systems

Special Issue Information

Many of us have used the notion of “self-organization” in our studies. What is it precisely, though? A constituent element could be, e.g., the emergence of non-trivial properties from comparatively simple rules. What would simple, non-trivial or complex emergence mean in this context? 

In this Special Issue, we invite viewpoints, perspectives, and applied considerations on questions regarding the notions of self-organization and complexity. Examples include: 

Routes: In how many different ways can self-organization manifest itself? Would it be meaningful, or even possible, to attempt a classification? 

Detection: Can we detect it automatically—either the process or the outcome? Or do we need a human observer to classify a system as “self-organizing”? This issue may be related to the construction of quantifiers, e.g., in terms of functions on phase space, such as entropy measures. 

Complexity: Is a system self-organizing only when the resulting dynamical state is “complex”? What does “complex” mean exact;ly? Are there many types of complexity, or just a single one? E.g., it has never been settled whether complexity should be intensive or extensive, if any. 

Domains: Where do we find self-organizing processes? Are the properties of self-organizing systems domain-specific or universal? In which class of systems does self-organization show up most clearly? 

Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros
Dr. Damián H. Zanette
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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