Understanding Complex Systems

Founding Editor: J.A. Scott Kelso

Future scientific and technological developments in many fields will necessarily depend upon coming to grips with complex systems. Such systems are complex in both their composition - typically many different kinds of components interacting simultaneously and nonlinearly with each other and their environments on multiple levels - and in the rich diversity of behavior of which they are capable.

The Springer Series in Understanding Complex Systems series (UCS) promotes new strategies and paradigms for understanding and realizing applications of complex systems research in a wide variety of fields and endeavors. UCS is explicitly transdisciplinary. It has three main goals: First, to elaborate the concepts, methods and tools of complex systems at all levels of description and in all scientific fields, especially newly emerging areas within the life, social, behavioral, economic, neuro- and cognitive sciences (and derivatives thereof); second, to encourage novel applications of these ideas in various fields of engineering and computation such as robotics, nano-technology and informatics; third, to provide a single forum within which commonalities and differences in the workings of complex systems may be discerned, hence leading to deeper insight and understanding.

UCS will publish monographs, lecture notes and selected edited contributions aimed at communicating new findings to a large multidisciplinary audience.

Editorial and Programme Advisory Board

Péter Erdi

Center for Complex Systems Studies, Kalamazoo College, USA and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Karl Friston

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, UK

Hermann Haken

Center of Synergetics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany Janusz Kacprzyk

System Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland Jürgen Kurths

Nonlinear Dynamics Group, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Linda Reichl

Center for Complex Quantum Systems, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Peter Schuster

Theoretical Chemistry and Structural Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Frank Schweitzer

System Design, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Didier Sornette

Entrepreneurial Risk, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

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