Complex systems are characterized by their emergent behavior as a non-trivial result of the evolution of a considerable number of microscopic units that interact with each other. Expressed in other words: the study of complex systems seeks to understand the behavior and properties of the whole system that can not be derived directly from the study of the properties of its parts in isolation.
This is the essence of the research of complex systems, where the nature of the units is irrelevant. Associated strategies to address the study of a specific phenomenon, then, may be widely shared by a large number of phenomena characteristic of various disciplines. Even we can say that the complexity of the science itself is the result of the fusion of different disciplines and approaches on the same challenge. Therefore, the study of complex systems integrates problems and merges methodologies that can have very different origins.
The creation of the UBICS will join efforts of several groups of related research that will:
The research at the Institute is structured along four major pillars. Together, they combine the exploration of new concepts in the field of Complex Systems and their application in different scientific and social disciplines.
RESEARCH LINES and researchers involved in every line:
2. Science of Matter
3. Life Sciences
4. Social Sciences
UBICS products 16/09/2021
Last monday we celebrated the UBICS Day 2021. In this unique event we had the opportunity to present two interesting thematic discussions. One titled "What is beyond a PhD?" and other about Data Management & Open Science by Ignasi Labastida (open science manager). Did you miss any of them? Then we encourage you to see in the"news" section the presentations.
UBICS projects 06/09/2021
UBICS (Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems) celebrates its 2021 Day, with talks by the Institute researchers and networking activities. This year the UBICS Day is about sustainable development challenges. Start End Activity 09:30 09:45 Opening Place: Aula Magna, Edifici Històric (Carrer d'Aribau, 2, 08011 Barcelona) 09:45 10:00 Welcome (Dra. Montserrat Puig Llobet, Vicerectora d'Igualtat i Gènere) Place: Aula Magna 10:00 11:00 Talks: M. Farrús: Challenges in Speech Technologies R. Planet: Continuously sheared granular matter reproduces in detail seismicity laws D. Levis: Biomimetic Active Matter, a new frontier in Satistical Physics Place: Aula Magna 11:00 11:30 Coffee Break (Claustre) 11:30 12:30 Talks: M. Peró: fMRI as a biomarker: the brain, a complex machine. Is it true that only works in a 10% of its possibilities? A. Fernández-Nieves: Physical aspects of fire-ant collectives S. Lozano: Exploring past economic interactions: Network externalities in the 19th century. Place: Aula Magna 12:30 13:30 Poster session (Pati) 13:30 15:00 Lunch (Pati) 15:00 16:00 Talks: J. Hernández : Using Probabilistic Graphical Models for learning in label-ambiguous scenarios D. Reguera: Non-equilibrium phenomena at small scales: from nanomotors to viral self-assembly J. Pérez: The Future of the Past. An update to Ancient History Studies toolbox Place: Aula Magna 16:00 17:00 Thematic discussions DISCUSSION 1 (oriented to senior researchers): "Open Science" Place: Aula B5 Speakers: I. Labastida (open science manager) DISCUSSION 2 (oriented to early-career researchers): "What is beyond a PhD?" Place: Aula B6 Speakers: Mireia Marti & Albert Díaz-Guilera Chairpersons: A. Diaz-Guilera & J. Soriano 17:00 18:00 Thematic discussions DISCUSSION 1 (oriented to senior researchers): "Horizon Europe: overview" Place: Aula B5 Speakers: Armando J. Palomar (international research assessor) DISCUSSION 2 (oriented to early-career researchers): "Data Management" Place: Aula B6 Speakers: I. Labastida (open science manager) Chairpersons: A. Diaz-Guilera & J. Soriano 20:30 22:30 Dinner Moritz
UB projects 09/07/2021
Un estudi liderat per investigadors de la UB i desenvolupat amb més de 1.650 alumnes i familiars de divuit centres educatius de Barcelona demostra que la ciència ciutadana és una aproximació vàlida per fer recerca de primer nivell i, en aquest cas, capaç de proporcionar valors de diòxid de nitrogen amb una resolució inèdita per tal d’avaluar les conseqüències de la contaminació en la salut dels seus habitants.