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

19 October
Professor Neil Hunt, Physical Chemistry Department of Chemistry, York
Title: Ultrafast 2D-IR Spectroscopy - Challenges for Real World Biomolecular Applications

2 November
Dr James Smith, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds
Title: tbc

16 November
Professor Vincent Moulton, University of East Anglia
Title: tbc

30 November
Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelisson, York
Title: tbc

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


  • 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.
  • August 2018 - Reidun Twarock awarded the Institute of Mathematics Gold Medal 2018. Prof Reidun Twarock is awarded the IMA Gold Medal 2018 for her work in the field of Mathematical Virology, an emerging subject in which she is the world leader and which is essentially founded by her.