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Complex Adaptive Systems, Master's Programme, 120 hec

Short Summary

The master’s programme in Complex Adaptive Systems addresses fundamental aspects of complex systems in nature and society and links them with an understanding of and skills in using modern algorithms. We focus on using computers and relevant software for simulation and problem solving. As a student of the programme, you will build upon your mathematical knowledge with theoretical depth and an understanding of methods. You will develop the knowledge and tools to model and simulate complex systems and use related algorithms for optimization and machine learning.

About the Programme

How do we understand the dynamics of dust particles in the exhaust of diesel engines, the dynamics of biological or artificial populations, or the problem of teaching a robot how to respond to unexpected changes in its environment? From understanding the fluctuations of share and option prices that determine the stability of our economy, to predicting earthquakes, knowledge and skills in complex adaptive systems are increasingly in demand.

An interdisciplinary and comprehensive education

Interdisciplinary and encompassing several theoretical frameworks, our 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 and focuses on its general principles, but we also provide courses in information theory, computer science and optimization algorithms, ecology, and genetics in addition to adaptive systems and robotics.

The programme offers four informal tracks, each with a selection of recommended courses:

  • physics/statistical physics
  • robotics and adaptive systems
  • machine learning and data science
  • computational biology/systems biology

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 your elective courses, practical work in the robotics lab. We emphasize problem solving in the form of assignments and smaller projects. One of the mandatory courses (Stochastic Optimization Algorithms) also emphasizes the importance of writing and examining structured program code. In several courses you will work in pairs or small groups. A seminar course spans the entire first year, and functions partly as an introduction, but above all provides training in presentation technology by systematically giving and receiving feedback on presentations. This course also includes an ethics element.

 

A dynamic and engaging community

The content of the programme is closely connected to the research on genetics and turbulence, information theory, and adaptive systems and robotics performed at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg. There is also a lively exchange with international research groups and regular guest lectures on current research that is often directly related to the course material. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a student project activity with the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics.

Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in programming, artificial intelligence, and complexity in society and the natural world?

Do you want the skills to contribute to the future of autonomous systems, robotics, and other quickly developing technologies?

Do you want to gain practical experience in machine learning, game theory, and other methods commonly applied to complex systems?

Then apply for the master’s programme in Complex Adaptive Systems.

Programme Structure and Content

The first year provides foundational knowledge of complex systems, and provides you the opportunity to design your education according to your own interests. The Complex Systems Seminar course runs throughout the first year. The first semester has four core courses:

  • Neural Networks
  • Stochastic Optimization Algorithms
  • Simulation of Complex Systems
  • Dynamical Systems

The second semester has one core course, Computational Biology 1, and the opportunity to choose elective courses, though we recommend the following:

  • Information Theory of Complex Systems
  • Autonomous Agents
  • Computational Biology 2

During the third semester, you can opt to begin a full-year master’s thesis, or you can choose additional elective courses.

The final semester is dedicated to your individual master’s thesis.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Natural or Mathematical sciences of 180 credits with sufficient knowledge of mathematics, that is Mathematical analysis, Linear algebra and Programming, or the equivalent at an accredited University including at least 90 credits in a major subject. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection:

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Complex Adaptive Systems, Master's Programme, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
APPLICATION CODE: GU-61197
LAST APPLICATION DATE: 2020-01-15
APPLICATION AND TUITION FEE:
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 238 000 SEK
First payment 59 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Opens 16 Mar
CITY: Göteborg
APPLICATION CODE: GU-11199
LAST APPLICATION DATE: 2020-04-15
APPLICATION AND TUITION FEE:
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 238 000 SEK
First payment 59 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

More information

For more information about The Master's Programme Complex Adaptive Systems, please contact: mats.granath@physics.gu.se

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