York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis

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YCCSA is a community of researchers drawn from different departments developing novel mathematical, computational and analytical methods and tools for the analysis and modelling of complex systems.  


Stepney, Susan

Professor Susan Stepney
YCCSA Director

Welcome to YCCSA.  We are an open community of interdisciplinary researchers, drawn from a diverse range of departments across the University at York.  We are working together, developing and applying novel methods and tools to analyse, model, explore, and solve complex problems that cannot be tackled by one discipline alone.

Some 70 YCCSA staff and research students are co-located in purpose-built dedicated research space in the Ron Cooke Hub on the new Heslington East campus.  Other YCCSA members reside in their home departments, and are very much part of the YCCSA community.

As well as carrying out interdisciplinary research, we also reflect on the process itself, and develop new ways to help bring researchers together and bridge the gaps between disciplines.  We each bring our own different and valuable perspectives to the challenges of researching complex systems.

Do browse our site to find out more about our people, our past and current research projects, and our engagement activities and events.

Research Themes

YCCSA's research takes three broad themes within the realm of complex systems research:
  • Resilient and Adaptive Systems
  • Biomedical and Ecological Systems
  • Natural Computation and Engineering

Sabbaticals in YCCSA

Come and take your sabbatical in YCCSA
Are you interested in interdisciplinary work and want to work with interdisciplinary scientists - then consider taking your sabbatical in YCCSA.  Please contact the member of staff you would like to work with and they will sponsor your application.

We can provide financial assistance with bench fees in some circumstances.  For further information contact Sarah Christmas

Featured research


CIDCATS: Combating Infectious Disease: Computational Approaches in Translational Science

A five year interdisciplinary doctoral training scheme, aimed at delivering the next generation of scientists who will drive quantitative biology to support interdisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences.  The programme is structured around three main themes:

  1. Drug Target Development.
  2. Predictive Modelling of Pathogenesis and Treatment Response.
  3. Development of Novel Tools for Complex Data Analysis.
More about CIDCATS

Upcoming events


  • YCCSA Seminar
    18 July 2014
    Dr Matthew Patrick, University of Cambridge
    Title:  Accurate Host Landscapes for Modelling the Spread of Plant Diseases

  • See the Events calendar for further information



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