The ARC Centre for Complex Systems (ACCS) conducts world-class basic and applied research on questions fundamental to understanding and managing complex systems.
Complex systems pervade the modern world. They can be biological, physical or social systems that are composed of many parts. While these parts are often simple, the interactions between large numbers of them produce complex overall behaviour. Ant colonies, sporting teams, the Internet, economic markets, the weather, energy systems, and the brain are all examples of complex systems.
The ACCS provides a focus for complex systems science research in Australia. The Centre is developing strong engineering infrastructure for the modelling and analysis of network-based systems, including high-performance computing and visualisation facilities, to enable the science to be applied to real-world problems. The result will be methods and tools that can be used to understand, manage and control complex systems.
The Centre brings together leading researchers from a range of backgrounds including systems and software engineering, visualisation, human factors, mathematics and statistics, aerospace, economics and biology.