York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis

Ants
Starch Granules
Orcas
Seagulls
Pedigree Tree
Lorentz strange attractor

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.  

About YCCSA

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

5 October
Professor Ivana Gudelj, University of Exeter 
Title: tbc

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

News

  • 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.
  • July 2018 - Computational Matter published by Springer with Susan Stepney, Steen Rasmussen and Martyn Amos as editors. This book is concerned with computing in materio: that is, unconventional computing performed by directly harnessing the physical properties of materials. It offers an overview of the field, covering four main areas of interest: theory, practice, applications and implications.
  • May 2018 - Reidun Twarock has been awarded an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship for a project investigating virus structure, function and evolution that could lead to the development of novel anti-viral strategies. Viral illnesses, such as Zika, Ebola and HIV, can have devastating impacts on human health.