An international congress of complex systems in sports is being held in Barcelona in October 2017. The venue is the Camp Nou Stadium.
There is a call for abstracts.
The two-day program includes presentations from:
Scott Kelso (Principles of Coordination)
Wolfgang Schöllhorn (Differential Training)
Rafel Pol (Cons-Training in Team Sports)
Robert Hristovski (Unpredicatability in competetive environments)
Jaime Sampaio (Dimensions of Performance)
Paco Seirul-lo (Closing remarks)
Game and performance analysis
Training and learning methodologies
Performance assessment in sport
Athletes as complex adaptive systems
News of the conference appeared as the Sante Fe Institute is running its open, online course Introduction to Complexity. When I enrolled, there were 2367 other students following the course.
The syllabus for the course is:
- What is Complexity?
- Dynamics and Chaos
- Information, Order, and Randomness
- Genetic Algorithms
- Cellular Automata
- Models of Biological Self-Organization
- Models of Cooperation in Social Systems
- Scaling in Biology and Society
To complete a week of connections, I received an alert to Mark Upton’s post, Seeking the Edge of Chaos. Mark notes:
I’ve been mashing up these ideas around order, chaos and complexity in a team sport context for a while now…
I have been thinking about these ideas too and this week’s alerts have been a timely reminder about their relevance and evidence of the growing community of practice around them.
This is a different epistemic environment now compared to my first foray in 1996. The challenge remains the same, I think: how do we share the story of complexity in sport settings without it being an abstract concept.
Hosting a conference at the Camp Nou is a great place to accept this opportunity.