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New England Complex Systems Institute
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The science of complex systems is transforming science and its role in society. Building on the traditional focus on the parts of systems, the new approach integrates the networks of relationships within and between systems. These relationships are responsible for the collective "emergent" behaviors we see in all physical, biological, socio-economic and technological systems.

Complex systems research can answer questions previously considered outside of the realm of scientific inquiry. This includes using science to understand human behavior, social interactions, and the consequences of policies and decisions of our society.

The New England Complex Systems Institute is at the forefront of this field. We develop new mathematical approaches and apply them to systems of scientific and social importance, such as biodiversity, altruism, ethnic violence, the economic crisis, and the healthcare system.

We use quantitative foundations from physics, mathematics, and computer science, and apply computer simulations and high dimensional data analysis, to characterize the patterns of behaviors in the world around us. Further, we can describe how complex systems arise through evolutionary processes, and how systems become capable of achieving their goals.

Through its research, NECSI is expanding the boundaries of knowledge and reframing social problems as scientific ones. NECSI is an academic non-profit organization working with government agencies and other organizations to solve problems of science and society.

NECSI research has been cited by Wired Magazine among the top scientific discoveries of 2011, and has appeared widely in the press including NPR radio, The Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Time Magazine and been presented by President Yaneer Bar-Yam at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Publications, Books & Edited Volumes

Textbook:

Y. Bar-Yam, Dynamics of Complex Systems (Text online in pdf format)

Book on concepts and applications:

Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World

Papers:

Y. Bar-Yam, Complexity rising: From human beings to human civilization, a complexity profile, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS UNESCO Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2002); also NECSI Report 1997-12-01 (1997). PDF

Y. Bar-Yam, General Features of Complex Systems, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS UNESCO Publishers, Oxford, UK, 2002).

Y. Bar-Yam, Unifying Principles in Complex Systems in Converging Technology (NBIC) for Improving Human Performance, M. C. Roco and W. S. Bainbridge eds., (Kluwer, 2003).

Edited volumes:

Y. Bar-Yam, A. Minai, and D. Braha, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. VI – Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Complex Systems, (Springer, Berlin, 2010).

Y. Bar-Yam, A. Minai, and D. Braha, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. V – Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Complex Systems, (Springer, Berlin, 2011).

Y. Bar-Yam and A. Minai, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. IV – Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Complex Systems, (Springer, Berlin, 2008).

Y. Bar-Yam and A. Minai, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. IIIA: Overview – Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Complex Systems, (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

Y. Bar-Yam and A. Minai, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. IIIB: New Research – Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Complex Systems, (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

Y. Bar-Yam and A. Minai, Eds., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. II – Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Complex Systems, (Westview Press, Cambridge MA, 2004).

Y. Bar-Yam Ed., Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Vol. I – Proceedings of the First International Conference on Complex Systems, (Westview Press, Cambridge MA, 2000).