Complex Systems

We are studying complex dynamical systems for gaining insights into fundamental principles governing living systems at various scales of organization. We have 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; and the coordination of complex behaviors and memory. We are exploring information-theoretic approaches to tackle these questions, using mathematical and statistical modeling, computer simulations, and large-scale biological measurements.