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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News from the Center

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.


PhD student Mengsen Zhang has lead authored a research article to be published in the Public Library of Science: Zhang, M., Kelso, J.A.S, Tognoli, E., (in press). Critical diversity:
divided or united states of social coordination. PLoS One.


Dr Scott Kelso, Founding Center Director, and FAU Eminent Scholar has a new book in press.  Learning to live together: Promoting social harmony. Springer, Heidelberg (this book contains papers by 3 Nobel Laureates).  Dr Kelso has also been elected as a member of the Global Future Council of Neurotechnologies and Brain Science for the World Economic Forum, been elected President of the International S.T.E.P.S. (Science, Technology, Economics, & Politics for Society) & Chairman of the Olympiads of the Mind, and been honored with membership in the prestigious Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. Click here!


  Upcoming Research Talks

Dimitris Pados, Professor and I-SENSE Fellow, Computer and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department

Data Analytics with L1-norm principal components.

April 5th, 3pm. BS-12, Room 303.




Message from the Director

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

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FAU Brain institute

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.