Faculty: Martin Zwick

Martin Zwick
Professor of Systems Science
Portland State University

Martin Zwick was awarded his Ph.D. in Biophysics at MIT in 1968, and joined the Biophysics Department faculty of the University of Chicago in 1969. Initially working in crystallography and macromolecular structure, his interests shifted to systems theory and methodology, the field now known as the study of chaos, complexity, and complex adaptive systems. Since 1976 he has been teaching and doing research in the Systems Science PhD Program at Portland State University; during the years 1984-1989 he was director of the program.

His main research areas are information theoretic modeling, machine learning, theoretical biology, game theory, and systems theory and philosophy. Scientifically, his focus is on applying systems theory and methodology to the natural and social sciences, most recently to biomedical data analysis, the evolution of cooperation, and sustainability. Philosophically, his focus is on how systems ideas relate to classical and contemporary philosophy, how they offer a bridge between science and religion, and how they can help us understand and address societal problems. For more details, see his Course Information and Publications pages and/or the Discrete Multivariate Modeling, Artificial Life and Theoretical Biology, and Systems Philosophy research pages (the links are to the left). He has also started a small web page on Jewish philosophical and/or religious themes.


Systems Science Graduate Program
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751


Systems Science Building
1604 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97201


Email: zwick@pdx.edu
Phone: (503) 725-4987
Office: 203 Harder House