Complex Systems

We are studying complex dynamical systems for understanding fundamental principles governing living systems at various scales of organization. Our work has focused on:

  • the relationships between the structure of such systems and their dynamics;
  • the ability to balance robustness with adaptability in an uncertain and variable environment while making decisions in response to information in the environment;
    • this includes work on phase transitions and criticality
  • the coordination of complex behaviors, computation, and memory;
  • and the emergence of diversity.

We are exploring information-theoretic approaches to tackle these questions, using mathematical and statistical modeling, computer simulations, and large-scale biological measurements.