Complex Systems

Complex systems permeate technology in the 21st century. Researchers are working together to meet the challenges of large, complex engineered systems such as computer networks, social networks, smart robots, living cells, energy infrastructure, and the near-Earth space environment. You can browse or search current research projects involving complex systems.

Summer 2010 Cover Art Tackling surprises in multi-component systems, from human behavior to robotic smarts

By Lee Michaelides and Karen Endicott

Don’t worry if you’re not sure what a complex system is. Even the people who study multi-component systems, such as the internet, communication networks, industrial processes, and interacting teams of robots, define complex systems in various ways. Read more...