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Complex systems science spans topics and techniques as varied as network science, dynamical systems, cellular automata, game theory, information theory, and agent based modeling. Traditionally, these tools have largely been developed for and applied to physical, technical, and social systems. Yet, with the advent of powerful new measurement techniques, many biological systems can now be probed with exquisite precision, generating reams of quantitative data from the level of single molecules to the level of whole organisms or collectives. The quality and quantity of these data make such systems accessible to the tools of complex systems science, with great potential to shed new light on longstanding questions in the biological sciences. Moreover, these data call for novel hypotheses that can be used to test explicitly systems-level theories of observed phenomena. This center brings together researchers from diverse areas of science with the goal of furthering complex systems research through continued communication and creativity.


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University of Pennsylvania

Department of Bioengineering

220 S. 33rd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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