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We are pleased to invite you to:

Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks — 2nd Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2011

taking place

on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

at Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest,
Auditorium, First floor, Komor Marcell utca 1, H-1095 Budapest
(Ludwig Museum is located in the Palace of Arts building).

Abstract: ^
We are pleased to announce the second Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2011 on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks. The aim of the symposium is to foster cross-disciplinary research on complex systems within or with the help of arts and humanities.

The symposium will highlight arts and humanities as an interesting source of data, where the combined experience of arts, humanities research, and natural science makes a huge difference in overcoming the limitations of artificially segregated communities of practice. Furthermore, the symposium will focus on striking examples, where artists and humanities researchers make an impact within the natural sciences. By bringing together network scientists and specialists from the arts and humanities we strive for a better understanding of networks and their visualizations in general.

The overall mission is to bring together pioneer work, leveraging previously unused potential by developing the right questions, methods, and tools, as well as dealing with problems of information accuracy and incompleteness. Running parallel to the NetSci2011 conference, the symposium will also provide a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers and practitioners of complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.

In addition to keynotes and interdisciplinary discussion, we are looking for a number of contributed talks. Selected papers will be published in print in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), as well as online in Leonardo Transactions. The symposium is a follow up to the first satellite event on “Arts | Humanities | Complex Networks" at NetSci2010 in Boston. The 2010 abstracts, papers and videos are available at

Confirmed keynote speakers: ^
Marek Claassen,  Director,  ArtFacts.Net
Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden, Researchers, Harvard University, Cambridge
Nathalie Henry Riche, Researcher, VIBE group, Microsoft Research, Seattle

Organizing committee: ^
Maximilian Schich, CCNR BarabásiLab, Northeastern University, USA
Roger Malina, Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, France/USA
Isabel Meirelles, Dept. of Art + Design, Northeastern University, USA
Tijana Stepanovic, Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art’s Affiliate, ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, Hungary

Preliminary Program: ^

8:30–9:00 Registration & Breakfast

Albert-László Barabási: Opening Remarks

Maximilian Schich: Introduction

Marek Claassen: Keynote | The Art Network: How Transparency Opens the Art Market

10:10–10:30 Coffee break

Agnes Szanyi and Attila Varga: Aesthetic and Social Structure of the Hungarian Contemporary Art Field. /

Tom Brughmans, Simon Keay and Graeme Earl: Complex Networks in Archaeology: Urban Connectivity in Roman Southern Spain.
archaeologicalnetworks /

Thomas Petzold, Han-Teng Liao, John Hartley and Jason Potts: Inter-Language Linking in Wikipedia: A Global Dependency Explorer for Languages and Content. /

Juan Luis Suárez, Fernando Sancho and Javier De La Rosa: Sustaining a Global Community: Art and Religion in the Network of Baroque Hispanic-American Paintings.

11:50–13:00 Lunch (on your own)

Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden: Keynote | Quantitative analysis of human culture using millions of digitized books

Nathalie Henry Riche: Keynote | Novel Visualizations and Interactions for Social Networks Exploration

14:20–14:40 Coffee break

Christian Thiemann and Dirk Brockmann: Shortest-Path-Tree Tomography: A Structured, Quantitative Visualization of Complex Networks for Exploration and Communication.

Robin W. Wilkins, Matthew Steen, Paul J. Laurenti, Jonathan H. Burdette and Donald A. Hodges: The Effects of Music on the Brain: Investigating Music Preference Using Network Science Methods.

Wouter Van Den Broeck, Marco Quaggiotto, Lorenzo Isella, Alain Barrat and Ciro Cattuto: The Making of Sixty-Nine Days Of Close Encounters At The Science Gallery.

George Legrady: Culture, Data & Algorithmic Organization.

16:00–16:40 Conclusion and Final Discussion

Tijana Stepanovic: Museum Tour

19:30–21:30 NetSci2011 Opening Ceremony

Submissions: ^
The EasyChair submission system is now closed. Looking for a number of 15 minute contributions, we had an outstanding response to our Call for Papers with 49 submissions in total, resulting in an acceptance rate of only 16%. Contributors were selected using a peer review process with four independent reviews per paper. Selected submissions included an abstract not exceeding 300 words, a striking figure, as well as a relevant URL.
Covering a large territory around arts, humanities and complex networks, the selected paper topics include artwork, measuring art perception, visualization methodology, archaeology, music and the brain, art history, the contemporary Hungarian art scene, as well as the interrelation of languages. Together with our keynotes that will cover artist ranking (Marek Claassen), matrix visualization (Nathalie Henry Riche), and culturomics (Jean-Baptiste Michel & Erez Lieberman-Aiden in place of Jim Crutchfield) we are now looking forward to a very inspiring event.

Important dates: ^
The deadline for applications was February 6, 2011.
Decisions for acceptance were sent out by February 28, 2011.
The symposium will take place in Budapest on June 7, 2011.

Attendance: ^
Attending this symposium is free of charge. As space is limited, we require registration. Both NetSci2011 main conference attendees as well as external guests need to get a free ticket at Tickets will be given out in a first come, first serve basis. Please bring a printout of your ticket to the event. In case of questions, please drop us a mail at

We encourage everyone to also register for the main NetSci2011 conference. For the NetSci2011 registration fee and deadline please see

Links: ^
Download CFP: Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks at NetSci2011:
The 2010 abstracts, papers and videos:
ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange:
BarabásiLab, Northeastern University, Boston:
Dept. Art+Design, Northeastern University, Boston:
Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest:

Contact: ^
If you would like to be added to the list of interested people, please drop us an e-mail with the subject "Please add me to the Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks list" at Alternatively you can follow us on Twitter.







May 12, 2011 version