Complex systems can be found as a driving force behind many of the events we encounter in day to day life. In these systems even a small change in one of the variables can have significant impact, resulting in traffic jams, unpredicted fast stock changes or a sudden epidemic. These kinds of effects cannot be deduced simply from the influence of its individual variables, but only from the way in which these are combined together. In other words, in a complex system the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Why Complex Systems research?
Complex systems give a new, in depth approach by looking at major challenges in today’s society from unconventional disciplines. It bridges the gap between the fundamental knowledge and models of complex systems and empirical knowledge and data from society. Emergence, resilience, critical transitions and predictability play an important role in our research.
Bringing expertises together
Through workshops, colloquia and shared research facilities, Complex Systems Studies brings together biologists, computing scientists, economists, epidemiologists, geologists, mathematicians, physicists and sociologists. Furthermore, several PhD-students (some of which are financed by the Complex Systems Fund) work dedicated on Complex Systems.