05 Jan

MOOC at FuturLearn on Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour


The course covers the following topics:

What is big data?
Measuring and predicting behaviour with big data
Big data and the stock markets
Big data, crime and conflict
Big data and health
Big data and happiness
Big data, mobility and disasters

The course will also acquire some basic practical skills for data science, learning to write basic programs in R, create basic data visualisations and carry out simple analyses.

Starts 7 March, 2016.

01 Dec

Complex Systems Digital Campus – new Educational Resources webpage


In the context of the knowledge map project supported by the Complex Systems Digital Campus, a new Educational Resources webpage is available, including links for open-access books, videos, conference proceedings, MOOCs, tutorials, journals, magazines, data, courses, social networks on complexity studies, and more.

Students are invited to freely use these resources.

The members of our community can also contribute to the knowledge map project by suggesting new links – please send any contribution to “Jorge.L @ iscte.pt”.

02 Oct

Open Textbook: Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems

Author(s): Hiroki Sayama

Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems introduces students to mathematical/computational modeling and analysis developed in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Complex Systems Science. Complex systems are systems made of a large number of microscopic components interacting with each other in nontrivial ways. Many real-world systems can be understood as complex systems, where critically important information resides in the relationships between the parts and not necessarily within the parts themselves. This textbook offers an accessible yet technically-oriented introduction to the modeling and analysis of complex systems. The topics covered include: fundamentals of modeling, basics of dynamical systems, discrete-time models, continuous-time models, bifurcations, chaos, cellular automata, continuous field models, static networks, dynamic networks, and agent-based models. Most of these topics are discussed in two chapters, one focusing on computational modeling and the other on mathematical analysis. This unique approach provides a comprehensive view of related concepts and techniques, and allows readers and instructors to flexibly choose relevant materials based on their objectives and needs. Python sample codes are provided for each modeling example.

Open PDF file here.


18 Sep

The Hidden Order of Complex Ecosystems

by Jennifer Dunne
Sept. 15, 2015
2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series – The Web of Life and the Ecological Human

Jennifer Dunne at SFI

Lecture 1 – See the video

Dunne shares surprising findings from her research of food webs, the networks of who eats whom in nature. After revealing hidden ecological order, she explores the underlying forces that constrain and organize ecosystems across hundreds of millions of years, from the explosion of biodiversity in the deep-time Cambrian period, long before the dinosaurs, to the deteriorating condition of ecosystems in the present day. She then describes characteristics that can fortify ecosystems against species loss and environmental change.

17 Jun

Who, What, Where, When, Why: Using the 5 Ws to communicate your research

A lay summary can be a useful approach to breaking down barriers and making research accessible. A good summary focuses on the important aspects of the research, but distilling this information is not always easy. A helpful starting point for identifying the key elements of a research story can be the 5 Ws. Andy Tattersall finds this approach might not work for every piece of research, but it has the potential to allow researchers to explore key themes and retain control of what they say and how they say it.

See more at the LSE Impact Blog

20 May


Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer.

27 Apr

Portal To The Universe

Keeping up-to-date with cutting-edge astronomy and space science breakthroughs has just become that much easier, thanks to the Portal To The Universe, the latest Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).

20 Oct


Scholarpedia has some interesting introductory articles, such as Complex Systems (by Gregoire Nicolis and Catherine Rouvas-Nicolis, 2007), Complexity (by Olaf Sporns, 2007) and Dinamical Systems (by James Meiss, 2007).