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Resources: Other Systems Science Programs

The programs are sorted by their focus. Each item gives the name of the program, the institution, the website, the mission, any research areas, and any additional notes about the program, where applicable. This list was compiled in 2005 - 2006.


  • Complex Systems Group. University of Alaska Anchorage. No info. AI, ALife, Cybernetics, Sytem Dynamics, Policy Modeling, Agen-tBased Modeling, . hosts annual complex systems lecture series"

  • Cybernetics Interdepartmental Program. UCLA. designed primarily for highly motivated students interested in interdisciplinary activities in life sciences, behavioral sciences, and the control, communication and information branches of engineering and computer sciences. No official research done as it is an undergrad program only; curriculum foci: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Systems, Computer Systems, Neurosystems, Systems Biology, Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering and Applied Mathematics. faculty expansion planned with graduate program in fall"

  • Center for Complex Systems Research. Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Studies systems that display adaptive, self-organizing behavior such as turbulent flow, lightning, and the flow of information through the internet. . nonlinear dynamics and chaos, neural nets, cellular automata, artificial life, and genetic algorithms.. Each year CCSR organizes and hosts the conference Understanding Complex Systems."

  • Center for the Study of Complex Systems. University of Michigan. encourage and facilitate research and education in the general area of nonlinear, dynamical and adaptive systems; sustainability. Pattern Formation, Political Economy, Bioinformatics, Game Theory, Evolution of Cooperation, Genetic Algorithms, . Collaborates with Santa Fe Inst. Also supports an Academic Business Consortium, a group consisting of faculty associated with the CSCS and scientists, managers and executives from the local area"

  • Systems Science Graduate Program. University of Ottawa. Study of complexity by studying similarities between technological, human and natural systems. . not listed. Supporting depts: Department of Economics; Department of Mathematics and Statistics; School of Management; School of Information Technology and Engineering "

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences. Simon Fraser University. We blend traditional programs like computing and engineering science with explorations in multimedia, communication, interactive arts, kinesiology and resource management.. WIDE range, including Intelligent Systems, Computational Biology, Network Modeling, Scientific Imaging & Computing. Comprised of six schools: Communication, Computing Science, Engineering Science, Interactive Arts & Technology, Kinesiology, Resource & Environmental Management"

  • New England Complex Systems Institute . NECSI. to further international research and understanding of complex systems. Evolution and ecology, Networks, Systems Biology, Engineering Complex Systems, Negotiation, Multiscale Representations, Quantitative languages, Artificial self-replication and evolution, Environmental complexity, Complex Systems Perspectives on Education and the Education System"

  • Santa Fe Institute. SFI. The Santa Fe Institute has devoted itself to fostering a multidisciplinary scientific research community pursuing frontier science. SFI seeks to catalyze new research activities and serve as an ""institute without walls."". Cognitive Neuroscience, Computation in Physical and Biological Systems, Economic and Social Interactions, Evolutionary Dynamics, Network Dynamics, Robustness. private, non-profit research institute; supports lecture series, summer schools, internships, book series"

  • Center for Human Complex Systems. UCLA. Investigating social science using complexity theory and computational methods, including modeling & simulation. Systems Analysis, Simulation, Games, Robotics, Media, Cognitive Studies, Modeling"

  • Nonlinear Systems Program. Cornell University. Cornell University provides interdisciplinary graduate training in nonlinear systems with support from the IGERT grant from the National Science Foundation.. Complex Networks, Gene Regulation, Robotics, Pattern Formation. done during Ph.D. degree in a Cornell graduate dept. Program requires that IGERT student take an integrated course, summer internship, weekly seminars, and a colloquium series. The second year is a research project."

  • Center for Complex Systems Studies. Kalamazoo College. contribute to the education of both science & non-science students by adopting highly interdisciplinary approaches; to promote the building of the bridge between natural sciences on one side, and social sciences and humanities on the other side.. Game theory, Network theory, Neurodynamics. Board has members of many other similar depts around the world"

  • Institute for Nonlinear Science. UC San Diego. interdisciplinary research and training of graduate students in applications of nonlinear dynamics. Neurodynamics, Chaos applications, Granular physics, Mind Body Dynamics. Students at UCSD are admitted to disciplinary programs in academic departments, but may pursue their dissertation research within the laboratories of INLS. "

  • Institute for Modeling Complexity. Mesa State College. an inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary group of scholars and teachers interested in the study of complex systems, with particular interest in the modeling processes used to explore complexity. NetLogo: Wealth distribution, Delegate model of representation, Plea bargaining, Rumors"

  • Center for Complex Network Research. Notre Dame University. networks research. Physics, Biological, Social, Computer Networks"

  • Whole Systems Design Program. Antioch University Seattle. helps students design processes for leading and managing change and recognize the synergistic qualities, opportunities and dynamics inherent in systems.. no info. part of Center for Creative Change"

  • Complex Systems Network of Excellence" " develop collaboration among European researchers interested in Complex Systems, from fundamental concepts to applications, and involving academia, business and industry. No info. Many conferences, courses & workshops linked from here"

  • Complex Systems Research Lab. University of Barcelona, Spain. No info. Social networks, economic modeling, industrial organization, time series analysis, self-organized criticality, neural networks"

  • Complex Adaptive Systems Research Group. University of Newcastle, Australia. As a collective the CASRG has been concerned with examining the fundamental ways in which new approaches to understanding complex adaptive systems are transforming our understanding of the natural and social world.. Complex Adaptive Systems, Dynamical Modeling, Public Policy. Based in the Philosophy dept."


  • Institute for Systems Research. University of Maryland. systems level approach to engineering problems; advance and exploit fundamental methodological tools for solving systems engineering problems. engineering: intelligent control; modeling and optimization; communications and signal processing; computing; operations research; human factors; reliability and risk assessment; and systems integration.. Heavily connected to industry thru fellowships, internships, visiting scientist programs, management of research activities"

  • NU IGERT Dynamics of Complex Systems in Science and Engineering. Northwestern University. Specific training in problems/phenomena involving nonlinear systems. Main Areas: Pattern Formation, Pattern Formation, Mixing, Nonlinear Optics, Neuroscience, Interface Dynamics"

  • Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department. Binghamton University. No info. No info. Extensive partnership with industry"

  • Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems. Duke University. fosters research and teaching of nonlinear dynamics and the mechanisms governing emergent phenomena in complex systems. . Fluid nonlinear dynamics, Spatial Structure and Evolutionary Stability, Stress Patterns in Granular Materials, Cardiac Dynamics, among others "

  • Electrical & Systems Engineering Dept.. Washington Univ. in St. Louis. preparation for a career or research in electrical or systems engineering. Applied physics, biocybernetics, biomedical engineering, optimization & control, "

  • Cybernetics Program, School of Engineering. University of Reading, England. No info. AI, Robotics, Instrumentation & signal processing, Interactive systems"

  • Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics. University College London. research in the theory of nonlinear dynamics and its applications across science and engineering. Theoretical Dynamics, Immunology, Developmental Biology, Chaotic Time Series, Chaos, Climate Modeling, "

  • Uncertainty in Autonomous Systems Group. University of Padova, Italy. No info. Signal and System Analysis; Instrumentation for Advanced Diagnostics and Clinical Applications; Technologies for Disability & Disabling Pathologies; Advanced Statistical Methods for the Analysis of DNA Chips; Mathematical Logic and Reasoning Under Uncertainity . partnership with Italian National Research Council"

Systems Biology

  • Biocomplexity Institute. Indiana University. Our long-term goal is to develop comprehensive multiscale models of cell and tissue organization and their relation to development. . Adaptive Behavior, Agent-Based Modeling, Artificial Life, Pattern Formation, Biologic Network Analysis, Neuroscience"

  • Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology. University of Ottawa. develop and apply systems biology to biological studies relevant to human diseases.. Biophysical problems & materials science"

  • Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program. UCLA. Computational approach to understanding the body and disease.. Biomedical Signal/Image Processing and Bioinformatics, Bioacoustics, Speech and Hearing, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering, Biocybernetics, Medical Imaging Informatics, Neuroengineering"

  • Center for Neurodynamics . University of Missouri at St. Louis. study of the dynamical properties of neurons at the periphery and within the central nervous system.. role of random processes, or ""noise,"" in neural detection, transmission, and processing of sensory information, characterization of low dimensional dynamics and chaos in neural systems."

  • Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. Florida Atlantic University. to understand the principles and mechanisms underlying complex behavior on levels from molecules to people and their interactions. . Behavioral Neuroscience, Brain Imaging and Brain Dynamics, Cognitive Dynamics, Computational Biology, Coordination Dynamics"

  • Volen National Center for Complex Systems. Brandeis University. studying the brain and intelligence. artificial intelligence, cognitive science, linguistics, experimental psychology, computational neuroscience, cellular & molecular neurobiology, coevolution, "

  • Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine. Harvard University. provide new understanding of the nonlinear dynamical aspects of health and disease via multidisciplinary approaches. various systems biology. Host annual contest to solve clinically relevant problem by finding hidden info in complex physiologic dynamics"

  • Center for the Study of Biological Complexity. Virginia Commonwealth Univ.. build an academic community centered on integrative discovery science, systems biology and the principles of complexity to address the challenges of the life sciences revolution of the 21st century. Microbial systems, genetic networks, structural biology, environmental/ecological systems, computational biology, biophysics"

  • Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling. Johns Hopkins Univ.. To develop new methods for the representation, storage, analysis and modeling of biological data, and to apply these methods to better understand cardiovascular function in both health and disease.. connections with many projects within Johns Hopkins & collaborators"

  • CoMPLEX. Univ. College London, England. Combines training in both life science and math to investigate complex problems in biology and medicine. Modeling, biostatistics, genomics, systems biology, image analysis. Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology"

Computer Science

  • Dept. of Computer Science. University of Calgary. No info. Evolutionary & Swarm Design, Emergent Computing in Living Networks, Knowledge-based Search, Multi-Agent Systems, Distributed Systems & Algorithms, among others"

  • Center for Computational Intelligence, Learning, & Discovery . Iowa State University. No info. Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Agent-Based Simulation, Neural Networks, Robotics, CAS, Neuroscience"

  • Adaptive Systems Lab & Evolutionary Computation Lab. George Mason University. two complementary themes: a scientific approach to understanding complex adaptive systems, and an engineering focus on the ability to control, modify, and design complex adaptive systems. . cognition, host/pathogen interaction, networks, agent-based modeling. part of Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study"

  • Adaptive Computation Group. University of New Mexico. apply principles of biologic systems to computation and machine learning. Visual Processing, AI, ALIfe, Ecosystem Modeling, GA, Genetic Regulatory Networks. within Dept of Computer Science; collaborates with SFI"

  • Digital Evolution Laboratory. Michigan State University. experimentally study digital organisms to improve our understanding of how natural evolution works, and to apply this knowledge to solving computational problems. Evolutionary computation of organisms and ecosystems, origin of complex features, other projects based on the Avida digital evolution platform"

  • School of Informatics. University of Bradford, England. No info. Robotics, AI, Virtual reality & design, Information technology"

  • Natural Computation Research Group. University of Birmingham, England. study of computational systems that use ideas and get inspiration from natural systems, including biological, ecological and physical systems. Neural Computation, Evolutionary Computation Evolvable Hardware, Quantum Computation, Artificial Life, Self-Organising Systems, Emergent Behaviours, Machine Perception, Robotics, Applications to Real World Problems. within CS dept."

Organizational, Management, or Business

  • The System Dynamics Group at the University of Bergen. They offer an International Master Program in System Dynamics.
  • System Dynamics Group. MIT Sloan School of Management. No info. No info. Little info on website"

  • Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems. Carnegie Mellon University. Develop new concepts, theories, and knowledge about organizing and organization, coordination, adaptation, and evolution. Develop tools for validation & analysis of of distributed agent models. . Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Computational Organizational Theory, Computational Social Science, Computational Economics, Social and Organizational Networks"

  • Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning. George Washington University. advance interdisciplinary, applied social science knowledge; the theoretical and philosophical perspective underlying our activities is systems theory and cybernetics. Organizational processes & behavior, cybernetics"

  • Centre for Systems Studies. University of Hull, England. dedicated to the development and international dissemination of systems thinking and practice, information systems, and logistics and supply chain management. Fundamental systems research, methods for organisational problem solving, Information and knowledge management, Logistics and supply chain management. within School of Business"

  • Complex Systems Management Centre. Cranfield University, England. develop and present the theory and implications of Complex Systems thinking within the School - both as a collaborative research theme, and as an integrating conceptual framework for much of Management Science. Management, organizational theory, modeling, operations research, economics"


  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems. Northeastern University. Interdisciplinary collaboration to find theoretical and experimental solutions to complex system problems. . research areas includes: nanotribology (the physics of nano-friction), glasses, superconductivity, molecular biophysics, protein motors, cardiac fibrillation, and neuroscientific modeling. "

  • Center for Complex Quantum Systems. University of Texas at Austin." "Nanoscale, nonlinear dynamics, various quantum topics, chaos. formerly The Ilya Prigogine Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems"

  • Center for Nonlinear Studies. Los Alamos. To ID/study fundamental nonlinear & complex systems phenomena and promote their use in applied research, and stimulate interdisciplinary research and information exchanges inside and outside the Laboratory. Complex Networks, Soft Condensed Matter, Nonlinear Phenomena"

  • Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems . Universite Libre de Bruxelles . promoting nonlinear science . thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, stochastic processes, quantum physics, physical chemistry as well as simulation techniques"

Social Sciences

  • Center for Social Complexity. George Mason University. to advance the knowledge frontiers of pure and applied social science, by using and developing computational and interdisciplinary approaches. Agent-Based Simulation, Computational Methods of Social Science. part of Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study"