3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications
01/11/2016 - 10/11/2016
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Welcome from the Chair
You are cordially invited to participate in the 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications. This event is designed to bring together researchers working in the field to present and discuss their recent contributions, without the need to travel.
The field of entropy-related research has been particularly fruitful in the past few decades, and continues to produce important results in a vast range of fields spanning all branches of the sciences, engineering, social sciences, economics / finance and the humanities. We welcome your contributions on theoretical insights into the entropy concept and on information theory, and on practical applications of the maximum entropy method in any field.
This year, we will also make every effort to facilitate interaction and the exchange of ideas during the conference period. All presenters will be asked to prepare an audio or video of their presentation. This will be uploaded onto the conference platform in advance, for viewing by others during the conference period - possibly one of the first “flipped mode” conferences in the world! We will also schedule an online discussion period for each presentation. We will announce further details of the technological requirements and schedule in due course.
The conference will be organized into six sessions, which reflect the inter-disciplinary nature of entropy and its applications:
- Section A
Physics and Engineering: Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Reversibility, Quantum Mechanics, Black Hole Physics, Maximum Entropy Methods, Maximum Entropy Production, Evolution of the Universe
- Section B
Information Theory: Shannon Entropy, Kullback-Leibler Divergence, Channel Capacity, Alternative Entropies, and Applications
- Section C
Complex Systems: Self-Organization, Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics, Simplicity and Complexity, Networks, Symmetry Breaking, Similarity
- Section D
Chemistry and Biology: Chemical Networks, Energy, Enthalpy, Maximum Entropy Methods, Biological Networks, Evolution, DNA and RNA, Diversity
- Section E
Machine Learning and Systems Theory: Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Cybernetics, Robotics, Man–Machine Interfaces, Causality
- Section P
Posters: In this section, posters can be presented stand-alone, i.e., without an accompanying proceedings paper or conference presentation. Posters will be available online on this website during and after the e-conference. However, posters will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.
Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference, and selected/extended papers will be considered for publication in Entropy with a 20% discount off the APC. Entropy is an open access publication journal of MDPI in the field of entropy and information theory.
Abstract Submission: 18 September 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 30 September 2016
Submission of Full Paper and Poster/Presentation: 20 October 2016
Conference Open: 1-10 November 2016
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Third e-Conference on Entropy!
Robert Niven has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry and geology and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering, both from The University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a long-standing Editorial Board Member and reviewer for Entropy (since 2007), and was Chair of the MaxEnt 2013 conference in Canberra, Australia. Over the past decade, Dr Niven has developed new theoretical perspectives into the entropy concept based on combinatorial reasoning, and has also pioneered new applications of the maximum entropy method for the analysis of dissipative non-equilibrium systems, fluid flow systems, dynamical systems and flow networks. This research has been recognized by a number of international fellowships and awards, including Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (2006), Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship, Denmark (14 months, 2007‑08); Endeavour Executive Award (2010), Isaac Newton Institute Visiting Fellowship (2010), CNRS Fellowship, France (2011) and Invited Professor, Institut PPrime / Région Poitou-Charentes, France (11 months, 2014). His most recent research interests include the maximum entropy analysis of turbulent flow systems, graphical systems and urban flow networks, including distributed power generation, water distribution and vehicular systems.
Call for Papers
e-conferences, virtually anywhere. 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications
The 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications will be held from 1 to 10 November 2016 in the internet environment. The objective of this event is to bring scientists and engineers working in the field onto a common platform where they can present and discuss their recent contributions without the need to travel. All proceedings will be held online at http://www.sciforum.net/conference/ecea-3.
Contributions from both theoretical and applied perspectives of entropy will be covered. Submissions focusing on conceptual and methodological developments, as well as new applications of entropy and information theory will be covered in five topical sessions focusing on:
- Physics and Engineering (Section A)
- Information Theory (Section B)
- Complex Systems (Section C)
- Chemistry and Biology (Section D)
- Machine Learning and Systems Theory (Section E)
- Poster (Section P)
The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will be a possibility to submit selected papers to the journal Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300; 1.502 (2014); 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.579. Authors who have presented their article at the 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications will receive a 20% discount. ECEA offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel — all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to "attend" this conference by presenting your latest work.
Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 18 September 2016 online at http://www.sciforum.net/login. For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 20 October 2016. The conference itself will be held from 1–10 November 2016.
Paper Submission Guidelines
For information about the procedure for submission, peer-review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section "Instructions for Authors": https://sciforum.net/conference/ecea-3/page/instructions.
Instructions for Authors
- Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-250 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 18 September 2016.
- The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Applications. All authors will be notified by 30 September 2016 about the acceptance of their abstract.
- If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit the manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 20 October 2016.
- The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available on sciforum.net/conference/ecea-3 for discussion during the time of the conference 1-10 November 2016.
- The Open Access Journal Entropy will publish Special Issue of the conference and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference itself. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in the Special Issue of the journal Entropy (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC...).
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:
- Full author names
- Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
- Abstract (200-250 words)
- Results and Discussion
Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (including figures, tables and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer – [email protected] to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.
Accepted File Formats
- MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the 3rd International Electronic and Flipped Conference on Entropy and Its Applications Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
- Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
- Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
- Formatting / Style: The paper style of the Journal Entropy should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example  or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
- Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
- Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.Copyright
MDPI AG, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).
List of accepted submissions (10)
A Possible Role for Entropy in Creative Cognition
Submitted: 29 Aug 2016
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This paper states the case for applying the conceptual and analytic tools associated with the study of entropy in physical systems to cognition, focusing on creative cognition. It is proposed that minds modify their contents and adapt to their environments to minimize psychological entropy: arousal-provoking uncertainty, which can be experienced negatively as anxiety, or positively as a wellspring for creativity (or both). Thus, intrinsically motivated creativity begins with detection of high psychological entropy material (e.g., a question or inconsistency), which provokes uncertainty and is arousal-inducing. This material is recursively considering from new contexts until it is sufficiently restructured that arousal dissipates and entropy reaches an acceptable level. Restructuring involves neural synchrony and dynamic binding, and may be facilitated by temporarily shifting to a more associative mode of thought. The creative outcome may similarly induce restructuring in others, and thereby contribute to the cultural evolution of more nuanced understandings. Thus, the concept of entropy could play a unifying role in cognitive science as a driver of thought and action, and in cultural studies as the driver of the creative innovations that fuel cultural evolution. The paper concludes with an invitation for cross-disciplinary exploration of this potential new arena of entropy studies.
Black Holes and Entropy: A Skeptical Perspective
Submitted: 18 Sep 2016
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Black holes are objects of significant interest in modern cosmology. From what initially looked like a superficial analogy between black hole mechanics and thermodynamics, a new epistemological framework has emerged according to which far-reaching conclusions about black hole can be reached through thermodynamic analysis. An example of this is the view that the temperature of a black hole is inversely proportional to its mass. This paper raises doubts about the currently accepted connection between black holes and entropy. It does so by first reviewing the principles of thermodynamics and the properties a system must have in order to admit of proper thermodynamic analysis. It is argued that the current view of black holes preclude their distinct classification either as closed or open systems, a fact which has a bearing on the formulation of the First and Second Laws. From a mechanistic view of temperature and heat, combined with my recent work on the physical meaning of classical entropy, I show that the generalized Second Law of black hole thermodynamics is probably in error. The notion of heat transfer (which is central to entropy definition) is not explicit in the black hole energy equation. To address the challenges raised, black hole mechanics must either commit to a phenomenological approach and therefore only invoke thermodynamics in the classical sense or accept a microscopic view of black hole matter in order to readily draw from established results of statistical mechanics. It is argued that a proper connection to classical thermodynamics would lead to the view that the temperature of a black hole increases with its mass, as a result of which a positive specific heat capacity is to be expected, contrary to the prevailing doctrine.
Comparison Between Bayesian and Maximum Entropy Analysis of Flow Networks
Submitted: 19 Sep 2016
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Both the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) and Bayesian methods update a prior to a posterior probability density function (pdf) by the inclusion of new information in the form of constraints or data respectively. To find the posterior, the MaxEnt method maximizes an entropy function subject to constraints, using the method of Lagrange multipliers, whereas the Bayesian method finds its posterior by multiplying the prior with likelihood functions, in which the measured data are substituted into the appropriate terms. The purpose of this work is to develop a Bayesian method to analyze flow networks and compare it to the MaxEnt method. Flow networks include, among others, water and electrical distribution networks and transport networks. The purpose of using probabilistic methods to model these networks is to predict the flow rates (and other variables) when there is not enough information to model them deterministically, and also to incorporate the effects of uncertainty. After developing the Bayesian method, we show that the Bayesian and Maxent methods obtain the same posterior means but, when the prior is a normal distribution, their covariances are different. The Bayesian method incorporates interactions between variables through the likelihood function. It achieves this through second order or higher cross-terms within the posterior pdf. The MaxEnt method however, incorporates interactions between variables using Lagrange multipliers, avoiding second order correlation terms in the posterior covariance. Therefore, the mean value inferences made by the MaxEnt and Bayesian methods are similar, but the MaxEnt method has a numerical advantage in its integrations, as the correlation terms can be avoided.
Complexity Analysis on Normal and Abnormal Electrogastrograms Using Tsallis Entropy
Submitted: 15 Sep 2016
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Electrogastrograms (EGG) are electrical signals generated by the muscles of the stomach and the features of these signals can be used to diagnose several digestive disorders. Entropy is a measure of the disorder associated with a system and hence is a measure of complexity of the system. In medical diagnostics, entropy has proved to be an efficient feature for discriminating the normal and abnormal states of biological systems. In this work the EGG signals have been obtained from normal and abnormal subjects having different digestive abnormalities (diarrhea, vomiting and stomach ulcer), from a local hospital. Further, the Tsallis entropy associated with the collected signals has been analyzed. Results demonstrate that the Mean Tsallis Entropy (MTE) (with α=0.5) of the EGG signals obtained from normal individuals (MTE=313.861) is high when compared to the individuals having diarrhea (MTE=278.0259), vomiting (MTE=105.1278) and stomach ulcer (MTE=-839.201). Since, entropy is the complexity associated with the signal, it is found that the complexity of the normal EGG signals is high when compared to the abnormal EGG signals. This work appears to be of high clinical relevance, since feature extraction from EGG signals is highly useful for diagnosis of digestive abnormalities.
Dually Flat Geometries in the State Space of Statistical Models
Submitted: 19 Sep 2016
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This paper investigates whether the dually flat geometries introduced by Amari are useful as a tool to study the manifold of thermodynamic equilibrium states. The mathematical setting is that of statistical models belonging to an exponential family. The metric tensor is derived from the relative entropy. Flat geometries are introduced and thermodynamic length is calculated. The ideal gas serves as an example.
- Conference Open: 1-10 November 2016
- Abstract Submission: 18 September 2016
- Notification of Acceptance: 30 September 2016
- Proceedings Paper Submission Deadline: 26 October 2016
Dr. Robert Niven
The University of New South Wales at ADFA
Dr. Ignazio Licata
School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies of Physics
Dr. Raúl Alcaraz Martínez
University of Castilla-La Mancha
Dr. Anne Humeau-Heurtier
University of Angers
Dr. Deniz Gencaga
Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Anne Humeau-Heurtier, University of Angers, France
Dr. Carlo Cattani, University of Tuscia, Italy
Dr. Dawn E. Holmes, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Dr. Deniz Gencaga, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Dr. Ignazio Licata, School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies of Physics, Italy
Dr. Katalin M. Hangos, Computer and Automation Research Institute Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Dr. Raúl Alcaraz Martínez, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Dr. Renaldas Urniezius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Dr. Robert Niven, The University of New South Wales at ADFA, Australia
Dr. Takuya Yamano, Kanagawa University, Japan
MDPI Branch Office, Wuhan
E-Mail: [email protected]
List of Keynotes & Videos
A. Physics and Engineering
The main areas of interest of this section are: Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Reversibility, Quantum Mechanics, Black Hole Physics, Maximum Entropy Methods, Maximum Entropy Production, Evolution of the Universe and relevant research.
This section is chaired by:
Prof. Dr. Ignazio Licata
1. ISEM Institute for Scientific Methodology, Via Ugo La Malfa n. 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy
2. School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies of Physics, 70121 Bari, Italy
Dr. Ignazio Licata
Professor Robert Niven
B. Information Theory
The main areas of interest of this section are: Shannon Entropy, Kullback-Leibler Divergence, Channel Capacity, Alternative Entropies, and Applications.
Professor Raul Alcaraz, UCLM
C. Complex Systems
The main areas of interest of this section are: Self-Organization, Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics, Simplicity and Complexity, Networks, Symmetry Breaking, Similarity.
D. Chemistry and Biology
The main areas of interest of this section are: Chemical Networks, Energy, Enthalpy, Maximum Entropy Methods, Biological Networks, Evolution, DNA and RNA, Diversity.
This section is chaired by:
Prof. Anne Humeau-Heurtier
Laboratoire Angevin de Recherche en Ingénierie des Systèmes (LARIS), University of Angers, IUT, GEII Department, 4 boulevard Lavoisier, BP 42018, 49016 Angers cedex, France
Professor Anne Humeau-Heurtier, University of Angers - IUT
E. Machine Learning and Systems Theory
The main areas of interest of this section are: Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Cybernetics, Robotics, Man–Machine Interfaces, Causality.
Dr. Orhan Deniz Gencaga, ALCOA INC.
In this section, posters can be presented stand-alone, i.e., without an accompanying proceedings paper or conference presentation. Posters will be available online on this website during and after the e-conference. However, posters will not be added to the proceedings of the conference.
This section is chaired by:
Dr. Robert Niven
School of Engineering and Information Technology, The University of New South Wales at ADFA, Northcott Drive, Canberra, ACT, 2600, Australia
Professor Robert Niven