The York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA) is a wide and active collaboration across science departments (and beyond) at the University of York that has as its primary objective the development of novel mathematical and computational methods and tools for the analysis and modelling of complex systems drawn across engineering, physical, and biological sciences.


YCCSA, through its members, supports (both in terms of space, personnel and equipment) a wide range of research into complex systems, including novel hardware and software engineering, and modelling of physical and biological complex systems at multiple levels of detail.

For YCCSA staff publications, visit the People page and follow the Google Scholar profile links.

Members of YCCSA are also involved in the York Computational Immunology Lab (YCIL), the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI), and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies (ICNS), York Robotics Laboratory (YRL).

Resilient & Adaptive Systems

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A graphical model approach to pedigree construction using constrained optimisation

The project goal is to develop efficient methods for constructing family trees ('pedigrees') from DNA data. Accurate pedigrees are crucial in assessing genetic influences on disease.

  • Medical Research Council
  • Jun 2011 - May 2014
  • Computer Science
  • £447,160 
Micro chipped ant ACORN: Ant Collective Organisation in Robust Networks
  • The Royal Society
  • Jan 2010 - Mar 2015
  • Biology, Computer Science
  • £460,194

Biomedical & Ecological Systems


  Ecosystems Interactions - This proejct explores the policy implications of the interactions between ecosystems and
other socio-economic systems in producing important services from which society benefits.
  •  DEFRA
  • Jan 2012 - Jan 2015


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ACORN: Ant Collective Organisation in Robust Networks
  • The Royal Society
  • Jan 2010 - Dec 2014
  • Biology, Computer Science
  • £460,194

Natural Computation & Engineering


   DASE (Dynamic Adaptive Automated Software Engineering)
  • Jun 2012 - May 2018

Journeys in Non-Classical Computation
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  • UKCRC Grand Challenge 7
  • 2003 - 2023...?
  • Computer Science, Electronics


Centres of Doctoral Training


CIDCATS: Combating Infectious Disease: Computational

Approaches in Translational Science

This is a four-year PhD training programme that will provide students with in-depth knowledge of infectious diseases 
and the interdisciplinary skills necessary to conduct research in one of the following three inter-related research
themes, that are central to our ability to combat these infections:

  • Drug Target Development
  • Predictive Modelling of Pathogenesis and Treatment Response
  • Development of Novel Tools for Complex Data Analysis.

The aim is to deliver the next generation of scientists who will drive quantitative biology to support interdisciplinary 
research in the biomedical sciences.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • CII
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • HYMS
  • YSBL


IGGI: Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) is a
collaboration between the University of York, the University of Essex and Goldsmiths College,
University of London. It will train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and 
entrepreneurs in digital games.  

The doctoral programme combines practical skills training with  advanced teaching in cutting-edge research 
topics two industrial placements during the programme, giving first hand industrial experience that will 
influence their research projects. Graduates will have the skills needed to succeed in a career in games, 
having also developed strong relationships with the leaders in the UK digital games industry

  • Computer Science
  • Unviersity of Essex                
  • Goldsmiths