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 interventions will produce what type of outcomes, 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 challenges. One question unifies them all: can complex adaptive systems be controlled?
People have always interacted with natural systems, but today no place on earth seems to be left unaffected by human influence. It’s a two-way interaction since the resulting changes in the environment also influence human behaviour. At the IAS, we study coupled human-natural systems as integrated systems, in which human and natural components interact.
We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which has caused many social systems (e.g. economies, cities, nations, corporations) to become fundamentally complex by nature. At the IAS, we study various social phenomena from a complexity perspective.
Understanding the interplay between physiological, mental and socio-economic factors that have an impact on health is crucial to find effective responses to major individual and public health challenges. At the IAS we aim to develop predictive models for various health related questions, examining all aspects from the molecular level all the way up to the healthcare system. Read more.
Characteristics of complex adaptive systems (e.g. tipping points, emergence, resilience) are found in many of today’s most pressing societal challenges. Exploring the dynamics of complex systems from a fundamental perspective is therefore crucial to progress our reasoning about the effects of our intervention strategies. At the IAS we develop novel algorithmic, computational and descriptive methods with the aim to bridge the gap between the disciplines and to get a grip on complex system dynamics.