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Complex Systems

The Complex Systems Group draws together researchers with interests in complex natural or artificial systems:

The Group's research in these areas is primarily theoretical and computational, with strong interactions with experimentalists, observers, and industry. It typically involves investigating physics at scales ranging from microscopic to whole-system, then integrating these into overall theories that can be applied to understand real systems.

Much of the Group's work involves nonlinear and random processes, and emergent phenomena that exist only when large systems are assembled from their constituent parts. Interdisciplinary interactions are also a key feature of our research, spanning a wide array of areas, including astrophysics, brain dynamics, complex and dusty plasmas, critical phenomena, nonlinear dynamics, space physics, and solar physics.

The Group provides a highly stimulating working environment, with large numbers of Fellows, postdoctoral and Honors research students interacting on a regular basis, and a variety of vacation scholarships and special projects on offer to undergraduates. Computing facilities are excellent, with a multiprocessor machine on site, plus dedicated access to a 50 Gflop Beowulf subcluster at the AC3 supercomputer center nearby.

The members of the Group maintain collaborations with high profile Australian and international researchers. Grant support is available to enable Fellows and students to travel to maintain collaborations and attend specialist conferences.