complex adaptive systems

worldchanging science for a complex world

Complexity Science @ ASU

Arizona State University is a leader in developing the science of complex adaptive systems, a new approach that is transforming the way we study the dynamics of interconnected social and natural systems.

This groundbreaking work is taking place through a consortium of four exciting research centers led by our best and brightest from across the university who are also experts in mathematical modeling and computational sciences.

Together with our global partners, we are tackling head-on the challenges of uncertainty, scalability, tipping points and path dependence that are at the heart of the most pressing issues facing industry and society. Our aim is to help establish the international standards and infrastructure for a world-changing complex adaptive systems approach to the transformational changes we must make for a sustainable future.

Join us on this exciting adventure to shape the future of science and our society.


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ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

By joining the forces of one of the country's most innovative research universities with the worldwide Santa Fe Institute community, the ASU-SFI center for Biosocial Complex Systems becomes a major international incubator of this novel approach to solution-driven research.

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Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity

The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity leverages the emerging field of complex systems to foster interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions of social life. The Center brings together scientists from such diverse fields as anthropology, biology, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams.

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Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

An established forum that brings together a community of quantitative scientists and mathematicians from all corners of the university whose research and scholarship interests are driven by “intellectual fusion.” The center's approach to research and scholarship is “solution-" rather than “discipline-" focused.

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Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

CBIE is a multidisciplinary endeavor focused on improving our understanding of how different types of institutions perform within social-ecological systems.

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2015 Conference on Complex Systems

A major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. For the first time, the conference is being held in North America (Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015).