The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, founded by J.A. Scott Kelso in 1985, 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.  


What We Do

Research in the Center 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, gene therapy, noninvasive human neuroimaging, neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, time series analysis, network theory, and nonlinear dynamics.


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Recent News


The Center for Complex Systems happily announces that recent graduate  Dr Michael Mannino  has earned a post doctoral position at University of Miami.  We are proud to say that  Dr Mannino  will continue to learn and educate at one of Florida's best knows institutions of higher education.  We hope he will be as happy there as he was here at FAU.


The Center for Complex Systems 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.  We wish her continued success in all future endeavors.  More details here.


PhD student  Michael Mannino  has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation: On the Nature of Neural Causality in Large Scale Brain Networks: Foundations, Modeling, and Non-linear Neurodynamics.   Dr Mannino  has now completed his doctorate in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences.  See the Abstract here.


PhD student  Tatiana Viena has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation: Behavioral and Electrophysiological properties of Nucleus Reuniens: Role in Arousal, Spatial Navigation, and Cognitive Processes.  Dr Vienna has now completed her doctorate in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. See the Abstract here.


PhD student Mengsen Zhang has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation: The Coordination Dynamics of Multiple Agents.  Dr Zhang has now completed her doctorate in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences. See the Abstract here.


The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences is proud to announce that Center Graduate Dr Reyna Gordon has received the prestigious New Innovator Award from the NIH.  This award comes with $2.3 Million in funding for her research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   Read all about it here .


PhD student Tatiana Viena  has been published as first author for her research into the effects of nucleus reuniens inactivation on memory and behavioral flexibility in rats.   Details here.  This article had the honor of having one of its images selected for the cover of the April 2018 issue of Hippocampus.   See the image here.


PhD student Mengsen Zhang  will present a talk entitled "Linking the many and the few: an experimental-theoretical analysis of multiagent coordination" at the Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems to be held July 22-27, 2018 in Cambridge, Mass.


The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in proud to announce that our recent Doctoral graduate -- Dr Jigar Modi (MD, PhD) -- has been awarded a $100,000 Florida Department of Health postdoctoral fellowship grant entitled "Neuroprotection of Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) Gene Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease".  This grant will help support his ongoing research. More information here!


Dr Summer Sheremata has a new research article published in the Journal of Neuroscience:  Sheremata, S. L., Somers, D. C., & Shomstein, S. (2018). Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Attentional Selection. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 1511–1519.


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Steven L. Bressler, Ph.D, Interim Director and Professor

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The Complex Systems Doctorate is one of three options through the FAU Brain Institute.  Click on the above link to learn more about the FAU Brain Institute.