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Complexity science is the study of how surprisingly sophisticated behavior appears at a system level due to the simple interactions of the system’s elementary pieces.  Examples range from pattern formation in physical systems to social and economic activity in human populations. 

Research at USU deals, in part, with accurate modeling and prediction of wave propagation in heterogeneous systems (Tim Doyle)—with applications to cancer detection and remote sensing of soil properties—and, in part, with understanding information processing in multicellular organisms (David Peak)—with applications to improved climate modeling and error mitigation in state-of-the-art computer chips.

(Faculty: David Peak)