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Complex Adaptive Systems

Chalmers University of Technology

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24 months
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14551 EUR/year
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The brain, the immune system and the formation of clouds, are all examples of complex adaptive systems comprising of many interacting components, often non linear and dynamic, leading to multiple levels of collective structures and organization. The Complex Adaptive Systems programme is delivered by Chalmers University of Technology.

Overview

The Complex Adaptive Systems programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.

Inspired by complex adaptive systems in nature, several new methods for information processing have emerged: artificial neural networks resemble neurobiology; genetic algorithms and genetic programming are based on evolutionary processes in nature; the construction of artificial life, the design of autonomous robots and software agents are based on the behaviour of living systems.

Programme description

To understand the dynamics of increasingly complex phenomena where standard simulation methods are inadequate, stochastic algorithms, game theory, adaptive programming, self similarity, chaos theory and statistical methods are used to describe and increase our understanding of complex systems in nature and society, in the end trying to predict the unpredictable. Examples are gene-regulation networks, the motion of dust particles in turbulent air or the dynamics of financial markets.

One example is fluctuations of share and option prices determining the stability of our economy. Other examples are the dynamics of dust particles in the exhaust of diesel engines, the dynamics of biological or artificial populations, earthquake prediction, and last but not least adaptive learning: the problem of teaching a robot how to respond to unexpected changes in its environment.

Truly interdisciplinary and encompassing several theoretical frameworks, this programme provides you with a broad and thorough introduction to the theory of complex systems and its applications to the world around us. The programme is based on a physics perspective with a focus on general principles, but it also provides courses in information theory, computer science and optimisation algorithms, ecology and genetics as well as adaptive systems and robotics.

Career opportunities

Training in "computational engineering" teaches students to model and analyse complex systems and the computer modelling and analytical skills acquired in the programme open up a wide range of possibilities on the employment market, in software development and consulting, in research and development, management, and in the financial sector.

Educational methods

Besides traditional lectures on simulation and theory of complex systems, the programme is largely based on numerical calculation and simulation projects and depending on course selection possibly practical work in the robotics lab.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stochastic optimization algorithms, Examination
  • Artificial neural networks, Written and oral assignments
  • Complex systems seminar, part A, Project
  • Computational biology 1, Written and oral assignments
  • Simulation of complex systems, Project
  • Complex systems seminar, part A, Project
  • Quantum mechanics, Examination
  • Advanced molecular biology, Examination
  • Image processing, Examination
  • Humanoid robotics, Project
  • Entrepreneurship and project management, Project
  • Algorithms, Examination
For more info please visit the programme website.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Bio Engineeringor the equivalent.

Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Linear algebra and Mathematical analysis) and Programming.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • 140 000 SEK/academic year;

Funding

Scholarships are a great source of funding for Master's students who are liable to pay tuition fees. Chalmers University of Technology offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Some of these are administered by the university itself and others by external institutions.

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