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Simulating emergent properties in complex systems - 2005, FET proactive initiative 2005

Funded under: FP6-IST


Understanding properties of �complex systems� that comprise a large number of interacting heterogeneous elements is a central concern in many areas of S&T. Examples of such systems include man-made systems - the internet, communication systems, large scale software systems , mission critical infra-structures like power grids - and natural systems - regulatory networks in biology or ecosystems. Modelling such complex systems is a profound challenge, driven by societal needs as well as scientific and technological opportunities. Engineers can design the system components and their connections but the problem remains how to guide these systems to achieve desired high-level behaviours, like robustness or resilience, and to avoid undesired behaviours, like fragility and cascading failures. In science, revolutionary methods of data acquisition are providing immense amounts of data in fields such as molecular biology and more powerful means of exploiting these data could advance our understanding of living systems, as well as our ability to design effective therapeutics for the living.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Information Society DG, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, Leaflet, free of charge
Availability: Available from Information Resource Centre of DG Information Society Tel: +32 2 299 9399 Fax: +32 2 299 9499 E-mail:
Record Number: 200518167 / Last updated on: 2005-06-13
Original language: en
Available languages: en