Complex systems are composed of many component parts that interact with and inform each other and their environment. Each part is integral to the system, but understanding these parts in isolation does not equate to understanding the system.
At Northwestern, Complex Systems research is an innovative approach to addressing practical problems across a wide range of domains, including medicine, physics, social science, engineering, data, and business. Complex systems include social media platforms, urban landscapes, space exploration and even team sports. By understanding these elaborate yet intricate realms, Northwestern researchers are facilitating groundbreaking discoveries to bring processes and solutions to major problems worldwide.
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- Kimberly Gray Kimberly Gray is an expert on environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems, with a particular focus on energy and urban sustainability.
- Luis Amaral Luís Amaral researches complex biological and social systems in an effort to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including the mitigation of errors in health care settings, the characterization of the conditions enabling creativity and innovation, and the growth limits presented by sustainability.
- Brian Uzzi Brian Uzzi is a world-renowned scientist, teacher, consultant and speaker whose multidisciplinary research uses social network science and computational and artificial intelligence methods to predict outstanding human achievement.
- Adam Pah Adam Pah’s research is focused on health care and conflict, including innovation adoption in health care, the use of electronic health records (EHR) data to improve targeting for change management strategies and the organizational dynamics of terrorist organizations.