Focus Area Complex Systems


Prof. Dr. Matthias Holschneider

University of Potsdam
Campus Golm, Building 14
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24
D-14476 Potsdam

Fon: ++49-(0)331-977 1663 (Secretary Mrs. Neisse 1500)
Fax: ++49-(0)331-977 1045
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The goal of the focus area Complex Systems is to further interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems.

We study in interdisciplinary collaboration the behavior of complex systems using methods of nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics. Beyond the development of new methods, we focus on applications of the theoretical results in a variety of different areas of physics and life. The main directions of the focus area are

A) Complex systems theory
B) Nonlinear processes in geosciences and astrophysics
C) Computational neuroscience
D) Bioinformatics and systems biology

The focus area puts its emphasis on organization of scientific cooperation in interdisciplinary research. Its activity also includes distribution of funds and creation of new projects. The focus area Complex Systems uses the resources of these departments to achieve synergy effects.

The focus area Complex Systems frequently hosts highly qualified researchers from worldwide coming for a short visit to give lectures and to exchange expertise.

Currently the focus arae Complex Systems has almost 50 members from different university departments (biology, chemistry, general linguistics, geosciences, informatics, mathematics, physics, psychology) and research institutes located in Potsdam (Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ, Germany's National Research Centre for Geosciences), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP).

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