Research

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.

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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), 

Resilient and Adaptive Systems

 ProjectAboutPeople
Pedigrees logo  

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 
R-Futures logo   R-Futures: The future developments in the UK's energy and transport infrastructure and the resilience of these systems to natural and malicious threats and hazards
  • EPSRC
  • Oct 2010 - Sep 2013
  • £1.4M (over 8 UK institutions)
Micro chipped ant ACORN: Ant Collective Organisation in Robust Networks
  • The Royal Society
  • Jan 2010 - Dec 2014
  • Biology, Computer Science
  • £460,194
Semantic mutants, mutations on a question mark The Birth, Life and Death of Semantic Mutants
  • EPSRC
  • Jun 2009 - May 2013
  • Computer Science, Brunel University
  • £140,323
Arabidopsis shoot meristem with spiral organ arrangement Plasticity and robustness in the Arabidopsis shoot branching regulatory network (PAB)
  • Gatsby Foundation Grant
  • Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
  • Biology, Computer Science
Controlling robots Artificial Biochemical Networks: Computational Models and Architectures (ALBINO)
  • EPSRC
  • Sep 2008 - Aug 2013
  • Electronics, Computer Science, Biology
  • £648,286
CoSMoS logo Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation (COSMOS)
  • EPSRC
  • Oct 2007 - Mar 2012
  • Computer Science, Electronics, Chemistry
  • £753,923

Biomedical and 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
CIDCATS logo

Wellcome Trust CIDCATS Studentships

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.

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Oct 2011 - Sep 2015
 

BEST- Bird Environmental Stewardship Tool - Developing an on-line support system for farmland mangement to maximise bird species diversity at the farm level

  • Syngenta
  • Sept 2011 to Sept 2012
 
  Professor Jon Timmis

 

Micro chipped ant

ACORN: Ant Collective Organisation in Robust Networks
  • The Royal Society
  • Jan 2010 - Dec 2014
  • Biology, Computer Science
  • £460,194
Arabidopsis shoot meristem with spiral organ arrangement Plasticity and robustness in the Arabidopsis shoot branching regulatory network (PAB)
  • Gatsby Foundation Grant
  • Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
  • Biology, Computer Science

‌‌Rhinovirus

 A Novel Approach to the Structure and Assembly of Viruses
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Oct 2007 - Sep 2012
  • Biology, Mathematics
  • £700,000

Natural Computation and Engineering

 

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

Journeys in Non-Classical Computation
   
       
 Cognitive Collective Robotics CoCoRo (Cognitive Collective Robotics) aims at creating a swarm of interacting, cognitive, autonomous robots.  
  • EU FP7
  • Apr 2011 - Mar 2014
  • Computer Science, Electronics
  • €2.87M (across Europe)
 
 EU flag Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms (SYMBRION)  
  • EU FP7
  • Feb 2008 - Jan 2013
  • Electronics, Computer Science
  • 10 European Partners
  • €5.3M (across Europe)
 
 Computer brain Journeys in Non-Classical Computation   
  • UKCRC Grand Challenge 7
  • 2003 - 2023...?
  • Computer Science, Electronics