Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is dedicated to understanding the principles and mechanisms that underlie complex behavior. From the microscopic level of cells and organelles to the grand scale of human interaction, our mission is to bring together multiple disciplines and backgrounds such as theoretical physics, complexity science, cognitive psychology, laboratory biology, applied mathematics and philosophy to tackle the most profound questions of brain, the mind, consciousness, and behavior. The Center is a state of the art, multi-disciplinary research and academic unit in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University.  

The Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Ph.D. program , with faculty drawn from the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Medicine, seeks to create a new kind of brain scientist who is fluent in both biology and mathematics, and who seeks to bring new ways of thinking into neuroscience. Advanced courses are research-oriented and build on a core curriculum in neuroscience. In addition, the Graduate Neuroscience Training Program unites scientists, educators and students from three FAU Ph.D. programs and from two internationally-recognized research institutes into a one of a kind training opportunity for those at the beginning stages of their neuroscientific careers.


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Remembering Professor Armin Fuchs

Sadly, Dr. Armin Fuchs passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 29, 2019, after valiantly struggling to overcome cancer which ultimately, and suddenly, took his life. Dr. Fuchs was Professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Department of Physics. His passing is a great loss for both programs. Those who knew him well knew him to be a gentleman, a good friend and a very talented scientist and teacher will miss him dearly.

Armin completed his PhD work with Professor Dr. Herman Haken, the well-known father of Laser Theory, at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Synergetics, at the University of Stuttgart. From 1991 -1994, Armin was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center working with Professor J.A. Scott Kelso in applying his knowledge in Synergetics and Dynamical Systems to bring new insight to how the brain might function and joined the center as an assistant professor in 1995. Read more


What We Do


Research in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences addresses fundamental questions in neuroscience from the perspective of complex systems. It deals with questions about how genes work together in networks to form and shape a neuron; about how neurons interact to form complex, emergent, patterns of activity; about how normal brain function is lost when the brain degenerates; about how our cognition is both shaped by and shapes our neural pathways; about how neurons and neuronal circuits support learning and memory; about how visual perception emerges from sensory inputs; about how we control cognition and behavior; and about how coordinated neural activity in brain networks allows us to perform various activities, and to perceive, attend to, and think about the world around us. Research in the Center uses a variety of different approaches, including, but not limited to, those from robotics and machine perception, noninvasive human neuroimaging, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, time series analysis, network theory, and nonlinear dynamics.

News

Congratulations to Drs Emmanuelle Tognoli and Howard Prentice
Both CCSBS faculty members were inducted into the National Academy of Inventors - September 26, 2019
Remembering Researcher and Professor Dr. Armin Fuchs
Sadly, Dr. Armin Fuchs passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 29, 2019, after valiantly struggling to overcome cancer which ultimately, and suddenly, took his life. Dr. Fuchs was Professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Department of Physics. Read more
Alumna Starts Post Doctoral Position at Stanford University 
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is excited to announce that recent graduate  Dr. Mengsen Zhang  has earned a post doctoral position in the Brain Dynamics Lab at Stanford University. Dr. Zhang  will be working with the team of Dr Mannish Saggar and continue to advance the field of brain dynamics at one of the best known institutions of higher education in the country.
Alumnus starts position as Director of Programs at University of Miami
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences happily announces that recent graduate Dr. Michael Mannino has earned a leadership role as Director of Programs at the Center for Computational Science at the University of Miami ( ccs.miami.edu ). He is responsible for creating scientific research, educational, and engagement activities between faculty, researchers and beyond to meet the objective of promoting applied computational science through the Center's nine focus areas.
Alumna Starts Post Doctoral Position at Florida International University
The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is proud to announce that recent graduate  Dr. Tatiana Vienna  has earned a prestigious post-doctoral position at Florida International University.  Out of more than 100 applicants,  Dr. Vienna  was one of a select few to earn this distinguished position. She will work in the laboratory of Dr. Tim Allen at FIURead more.

Past News


Message from the Director

Gary W. Perry, Ph.D, Director and Professor

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