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We live in a world where everything seems to be interwoven with everything else, and where cause and effect are hard to unravel. Understanding what kind of intervention will produce what type of outcome, is one of the most urgent and challenging questions of our time. At the IAS, researchers from a wide range of fields work together on complex scientific and societal challenges. The question unifying them all is: can complex adaptive systems be controlled?

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Results: 1 - 9 of 9
  • Complexity and transmission: the propagation of cultural features

    Where cultures meet, each brings along a particular set of features in a variety of domains. Whether or not the features of one culture are taken over by the other culture(s) depends not only on properties intrinsic to the feature under ...

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    Complexity in economics and finance

    Many economic models are based on perfectly rational agents, and don't take into account the high degree of unpredictability in human behaviour. At the IAS we aim to develop more realistic economic models to help policy-makers make better ...

  • Energy transition

    At the IAS we bring together researchers from the social and behavioural sciences, economics and business, law and political science, as well as all natural sciences, working on the multi-dimensional aspects of the energy transition and energy ...

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    Foundations of complex systems

    Exploring the dynamics of complex systems from a fundamental perspective is crucial for further reasoning about the effects of our intervention strategies on complex challenges, whether climate change, global health or financial markets. By using ...

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    Health systems complexity

    Understanding the interplay between physiological, mental and socio-economic factors that have an impact on health is crucial to find effective responses to major public health challenges. At the IAS we aim to develop predictive models for ...

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    Networks of crime and terrorism

    To what extent are current judicial and other instruments sufficient to effectively combat crime and terrorism in its diverse forms? At the IAS we aim to develop models that can help to assess the effect of current intervention strategies and - ...

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    Policy by Simulation

    Policy by Simulation is a collaboration with TNO aimed at developing new multiscale computational models that help to predict the effect of policy measures, technology development and new business models in several domains (e.g. energy ...

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    Simulation based Science @ UvA

    To deepen our understanding of the complex systems that we study, we need to formulate quantitative and qualitative models and explore those models via computer simulation. At the IAS, we bring together researchers who work on such simulation ...

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    Urban complexity

    Countries are becoming increasingly urbanised, causing challenges ranging from crime and epidemics to mobility and poverty. At the same time, the amount of data and information that is being collected on a daily basis is exploding. At the IAS, we ...