York Cross-disciplinary Centre for 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 cross-disciplinary 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 cross-disciplinary 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 cross-disciplinary work and want to work with cross-disciplinary 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

IGGI Project: 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 and the chance to contribute original research to a growing academic area. 

More about IGGI



Upcoming events

Autumn Seminar Series 

Fridays at 13:30 in RCH/204

30 November
Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis, York
Title: Addressing complexity in treatment of mental disorders

14 December
Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja, Durham Univeristy
Title: Surveying Energy Landscapes: From Protein Folding to Bistable Liquid Crystal Device and Cylindrical Buckling


  • November 2018 - Pierre-Philippe Dechant gave a talk at the The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics semester programme on Non-linear Algebra in Application on Thursday, 15.
  • November 2018 - Calls for YCCSA Summer School Project Proposals are now open.  Please see the following link for details.  For further information please contact Sarah Christmas on sarah.christmas@york.ac.uk
  • November 2018 - YCCSA intern adds new insights into the significance of healthcare to human evolutionary success'. Becky Padget, working with Penny Spikins, Calvin Dytham and Barry Wright contributed to new research on the importance of Neanderthal healthcare, developing an agent based simulation of injury rates and healthcare practices
  • October 2018 Matthew Dale, Julian F. Miller, Susan Stepney, Martin A. Trefzer New ArXiv paper: "A Substrate-Independent Framework to Characterise Reservoir Computers
  • October 2018 - Our new 3-year EPSRC Cross-disciplinary project "SpInspired" starts today -- welcome to Matt Dale as the new RA.
  • September 2018  - Maxfacts.uk represented with two presentations at the 24th Congress of the European Association for Cranio - Maxilo - Facial Surgery, Munich, 18 - 21 September 2018: David A. Mitchell, Angelika Sebald and Lauren Tomasello: "The evolution of a novel electronic resource for patients, carers and professionals - maxfacts.uk" and "Cross-disciplinary working to expand the horizons of maxillofacial surgery"
  • September 2018 Elva Robinson - new research on Tipping Points - but from an animal behaviour perspective