The concept and theory of complex systems and self-organization has been researched for several decades and yielded many publications. Scientists claim self-organization to be the new paradigm to cope with the emerging complexity of networked applications. However, the claimed paradigm change has not yet shown a very great impact so far. Typical applications which are claimed to implement and build on self-organization are often built by experts from the respective domain such as computer networks, wireless communications, sensor networks, etc. without generality that holds also for other domains. On the other hand, research and development on applications of self-organization have the potential to provide results across the particular domain borders. In order to enable this potential, there is a need to move the application area of self-organizing systems more towards the center of complex systems research. In other words, complex systems researcher need to learn how to apply their results and domain specific researchers need to learn more about the general aspects of self-organization. At the Research Days 2011, a group of internal researchers will discuss how this translation between complex systems theory, domain-specific theory, and practical application can be achieved.
The Research Days are an annual event concentrating on the core competence of Lakeside Labs - Self-organizing Networked Systems. During this workshop organized by Lakeside Labs GmbH in cooperation with the University of Klagenfurt, international experts devote themselves to a special topic in self-organization. The event is organized as a five days workshop in July. It takes place at Lakeside Labs in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria, near a beautiful lake and Alps scenery. Invited experts, local professors, and young researchers discuss and elaborate ideas in the field of Self-Organizing Systems (SOS). The main emphasis of the workshop is on soliciting discussions and creating new ideas regarding a topic related to self-organizing systems. The event greatly supports scientific exchange, networking, establishment of international collaborations, and joint research projects.
The following video gives a nice impression of the Research Days: