Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne

25-27 September




Jörg Breitung / Macroeconomic Policy Institute,

University of Cologne, Germany


David Gross / Institute of Theoretical Physics,

University of Cologne, Germany


Philip Holmes / Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,

Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton, USA


Ankit Khambhati / Department of Bioengineering,

University of Pennsylvania, USA


Michael Lechner / Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research,
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland


Laura Marzetti / Department of Neuroscience,

Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio", Italy


Arkady Pikovsky / Institute of Physics and Astronomy,

University Potsdam, Germany


Michael Rosenblum /  Institute of Physics and Astronomy,

University Potsdam, Germany


Jakob Runge /  The Grantham Institute for Climate Change,

Imperial College London, UK

Coupling and Causality in Complex Systems

Complex systems such as the human brain, Earth’s climate and economy are

characterized by a multitude of coupled processes on different spatial

and temporal scales. In order to better understand the dynamics of the

system at hand each scientific area has developed specific tools to

identify, model and quantify these processes. The conference Coupling and Causality in Complex Systems (C3S) will present a collection of these approaches with the aim to provide scientists with new analysis strategies for their field.


The conference focuses on how to characterize a complex system and on the methods for estimating and modeling of statistical coupling (e.g.

network coherence, creation and modulation of small networks and local

or long-range synchronization by cross frequency phase-phase and

phase-amplitude coupling) and causality (e.g. Granger causality,

transfer entropy). Therefore, data analysts from different study fields

including neuroscience, mathematics, physics, biology, and economy will

present their approaches with a particular focus on the methods they

use. The aim of this conference is to foster discussions and the

transdisciplinary exchange of advanced techniques, methods, and

algorithms, thereby stimulating potential future collaborations.


The interdisciplinary conference Coupling and Causality in Complex

Systems (C3S) is hosted by the Competence Area 3: Quantitative Modeling

of Complex Systems of the University of Cologne (UoC), Germany. It is

organized by the Institute of Geophysics & Meteorology, UoC, the

Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Psychology, Heinrich-Heine

University Düsseldorf and the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience at

the Research Center Juelich.


Scientific Organizing Committee

Silvia Daun | Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany; Department of Cognitive Neuroscience,
Research Center Jülich, Germany

Esther Florin | Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Psychology, Düssseldorf, Germany

Joachim Gross | Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Glasgow, UK

Michael von Papen | Institute of Geophysics & Meteorology, Cologne, Germany

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We will have different sessions with differing topics and each session will be opened by one of the
invited speakers. Here is a preliminary version of our program:






Session 9       
Granger causality II               
Esther Florin

Session 10      
Causal complex network measures               
Jakob Runge

Session 1  

Synchronization I

Arkady Pikovsky

Session 2

Synchronization II               
Silvia Daun

Session 3
Coupled oscillators I               
Phil Holmes

Session 4
Coupled oscillators II               
Michael Rosenblum

Further topics of interest for the conference include, amongst others, research and methods development on: effective and functional connectivity, (partial directed) coherence, network topology, correlation in recurrent networks, (directed) graph-theoretic measures, nonlinear dynamics of complex systems, complex spatio-temporal systems, mutual information and transfer entropy.

Session 5       
Phase coupling                       
Laura Marzetti


Session 6       
Network structures                
Ankit Khambati

Session 7
Bayesian networks               
David Gross


Session 8       
Granger causality I             
Jörg Breitung


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