Fields of Research

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. Now the center has become one of the top centers on nonlinear and complex systems in Europa and in the world. The main directions of the center are

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

Interdisciplinary Research Projects

  • SPP 1488 Planetary Magnetism
  • DFG Research Group 868 Mind and Brain Dynamics, Speaker: Prof. Engbert, Institut für Pschologie)
  • International Research Trainig Group (IRTG) 1740 Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks: Fundamentals and Applications, Projects at the University of Potsdam: Prof. Pikovsky and Dr. Högele, Institut für Mathematik; Speaker University: Humboldt-Universität Berlin.
  • Research Group at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Project manager: Prof. R. Metzler
  • Prof. F. Spahn, Co-Investigator of the Cosmic-Dust-Analyzer Team of the NASA Cassini-Mission. Several DFG and DLR projects
  • Arbeitsgruppen der Professoren M. Holschneider, J. Kurths und J. Selbig sind am Potsdamer Projekt GoFORSYS Potsdam-Golm BMBF-FORschungseinrichtung zur SYStembiologie; Photosynthesis and growth: A systems biology-based approach, des Profilbereichs Systembiologie und Pflanzengenomforschung beteiligt.
  • Geoflow-Projekt Symmetry breaking bifurcations of central forced and heated convection im Fluid Science Laboratory innerhalb des europäischen Moduls COLUMBUS der internationalen Raumstation ISS bei der ESA. Dr. F. Feudel bearbeitet das Projekt gemeinsam mit der BTU Cottbus.
  • DFG Forschergruppe 1735 Structural inference in statistics: adaption and efficiency, Teilprojektleiter Universität Potsdam: Prof. G. Blanchard; Sprecher-Universität: Humboldt-Universität Berlin.
  • Graduiertenkolleg 1558: Nonequilibrium collective dynamics in condensed matter and biological systems, Teilprojektleiter dreier Projekte der Universität Potsdam: Prof. Dr. C. Beta; Sprecher-Universität: TU Berlin.

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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