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Centre for Complex Systems

Exploring complex natural and artificial systems
The Centre for Complex Systems draws together researchers with interests in complex natural and artificial systems, including Brain Dynamics, Space and Solar Physics and Plasma Physics.

Our aims

Our research in the areas of Brain Dynamics, Space and Solar Physics and Plasma Physics 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.

Our research

Much of our 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.

We provide a highly stimulating working environment, with a large numbers of fellows, postdoctoral and honours research students who interact on a regular basis, and a variety of vacation scholarships and special projects on offer to undergraduates. 

Our computing facilities include a multiprocessor machine on site, plus dedicated access to a 50 Gflop Beowulf sub-cluster at the AC3 supercomputer centre, located nearby.

Our members maintain collaborations with high profile Australian and international researchers, and grant support is available to enable fellows and students to travel to maintain collaborations and attend specialist conferences.

Cindy Guy

  • +61 2 8627 0504 (Tues/Thurs)
  • +61 2 9382 7633 (Wed/Fri)
  • Tues/Thurs - F09 - Madsen Building, Camperdown Campus Wed/Fri - C09 - Save Sight Institute, Sydney Eye Hospital Campus Physics A28