Complexity Sciences Center

Army Awards $1.5M to Study Emergent Computation

March 19, 2021
The U.S. Department of Defense's Army Research Office has awarded $1.5 million to James Crutchfield, professor of physics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, and his colleagues to advance our understanding of how to predict and program emergent behavior.

Exploring the Physics of Information

October 05, 2020
Information has become increasingly important in how we understand our world, from sprawling social networks to the tiniest building blocks of matter. The idea that information underlies reality has long fascinated physicist Fabio Anza, a postdoctoral fellow at the Complexity Sciences Center who researches quantum mechanics and quantum information theory.

Complexity Sciences Center Wins High-Performance Computing Award

July 05, 2019
The UC Davis Complexity Sciences Center was recognized for its achievements in high-performance computing technologies with an HPC Innovation Excellence Award from Hyperion Research. The award was announced June 18 at the ISC19 supercomputer industry conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

Exotic Synchronization Patterns Emerge in a Simple Network

March 08, 2019
From the power grid to the PTA, society relies on networks connected to other networks at scales from across the office to around the world. Understanding how connected networks behave and how breakdowns can be identified, prevented or repaired involves mathematics, engineering and physics.

“Grit in the Gears” Costs Energy in Modular Information Systems

August 16, 2018

Digital information may appear to exist as abstract ones and zeroes, flipping effortlessly from one to another. But in fact there is a minimum amount of energy required to run any computation system, regardless of how “energy efficient” are its component parts.

Tongue-In-Cheek Museum Will Meld Science and Art

October 04, 2016
If Salvador Dali designed a science museum, it might look something like the plans for the Institute of Unknown Purpose, a surreal and playful pop-up institute that will blend science and art. Imagined by a UC Davis physicist and a British “mad scientist,” the Institute of Unknown Purpose will feature exhibits and activities that explore mathematical and scientific discovery.