Patterns in Complex Systems Modeling

  • Janet Wiles
  • James Watson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3578)


The design, development, and use of complex systems models raises a unique class of challenges and potential pitfalls, many of which are commonly recurring problems. Over time, researchers gain experience in this form of modeling, choosing algorithms, techniques, and frameworks that improve the quality, confidence level, and speed of development of their models. This increasing collective experience of complex systems modellers is a resource that should be captured. Fields such as software engineering and architecture have benefited from the development of generic solutions to recurring problems, called patterns. Using pattern development techniques from these fields, insights from communities such as learning and information processing, data mining, bioinformatics, and agent-based modeling can be identified and captured. Collections of such ‘pattern languages’ would allow knowledge gained through experience to be readily accessible to less-experienced practitioners and to other domains. This paper proposes a methodology for capturing the wisdom of computational modelers by introducing example visualization patterns, and a pattern classification system for analyzing the relationship between micro and macro behaviour in complex systems models. We anticipate that a new field of complex systems patterns will provide an invaluable resource for both practicing and future generations of modelers.


Software Engineering Activation Diagram Boolean Network Genetic Regulatory Network Network Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Wiles
    • 1
  • James Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.ARC Centre for Complex Systems, School of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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